MORRISTOWN _ Morristown-Beard got first-rate offensive performances from seniors Renee Dorwart and Izzy Pompeo and relied on strong team defense when it shut out Cedar Grove, 15-0, in a North Jersey Section 1, Group I state tournament girls lacrosse first-round game on Monday, May 15.
Dorwart had five goals and two assists and Pompeo contributed one goal and six assists to spark the Morristown-Beard attack. The Crimson have now won three straight games to improve to 9-7 and will play at fourth-seeded New Providence in a sectional quarterfinal game, probably on Thursday.
Morristown-Beard took an 11-0 lead at halftime and goalie Emily Kitchen made nine saves to record the shutout.
"We were finding some good connections out there and that made a big difference," said Pompeo. "We were getting all kinds of opportunities, especially in the first 20 minutes or so (of the 25-minute first half). Everyone on the field gave an extra strong effort for us."
Dorwart scored the first goal of the game only 16 seconds in and freshman Meg Karrat, Keegan Heher and Pompeo followed by three goals within a 44-second span to make it 4-0 with 21:44 remaining in the half.
"The offense was really in sync but our defensive execution was excellent, too," said Dorwart. "We've been improving game by game and today we really did a fine job. I'm really excited about the way this season has progressed."
Heher, a junior, added one goal and three assists with Karrat and Kaity Bednarski putting in two goals each. Sophia Picozzi had a goal and an assist.
The Crimson will now take on a New Providence team that defeated Hoboken, 18-4, in an opening-round game on Monday.
"A big key to the game was that on almost all our goals, there were assists," said Morristown-Beard coach Meredith Locasto. "Our passing game was an important part of the way we moved our offense around. Everyone was looking to spot the open person and that made everything click in right for us."
Fifth-seeded Morristown Beard let up a bit in the second half against 12th-seeded Cedar Grove. Still, Locasto was pleased with the way the Crimson kept their poise throughout.
"On the attack, on the perimeter, on the defense and in the midfield and in goal, we were able to make a very good impression," Locasto said. "The whole team is working well as a complete unit and the chemistry is very good all-around."
Morristown-Beard has outscored its last three opponents, 32-4. That includes a 4-3 win over Montclair-Kimberley on May 11.
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