WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ Plenty of personal records were set in the Morristown girls lacrosse team's 20-5 victory over West Morris on Thursday, April 26 but the Colonials players didn't seem to be keeping count.
The only score, however, that was important to them was on the scoreboard.
Callie Sundin had six goals, Annika Begley had four goals and three assists and Nicole Ferrara had three goals and five assists for Morristown. Begley scored her 200th varsity goal and Ferrara had her 100th career assist during the contest but the only thing that mattered was that the Morristown team continued to roll.
"I didn't know it was my 200th goal," Begley said. "I scored and everyone was cheering but I was like… OK."
Ferrara, a junior, was equally non-plussed although she admitted she favors assists to scoring goals anyway.
"I didn't even know that (was a milestone) until he (coach Evan Mager) told me when I came off,'' Ferrara said "I like assisting better than scoring. It builds a better team atmosphere when we all have assisted goals. It's prettier, too.''
The offensive-minded girls give full credit to the defense for the team's success. When the Colonials come up with a terrific stop, it only makes the offense want to work harder.
"When the defense pushes and works hard the offense wants to return the favor and put some goals in the back of the net,'' Midfielder Callie Sundin said. "It goes back and forth. When the offense is playing well the defense knows it needs to keep the other team out of the scoring zone.''
Morristown has been getting solid defensive efforts. Grace Godfrey, Sophia Culmone, Kay Murphy, Tara Goldhirsch and others have contributed as the season has progressed. Goalkeepers Kara O'Brien and Katie Baskin share time between the pipes depending upon their opponents and the situation. Against West Morris, the duo shared five saves.
"Early crashes, strong crashes and one on one defense is looking really good,'' Sundin said. "It's something they have improved on from the beginning of the season. It looked amazing today. I'm excited to see how much it improves later on.''
The draw is also shared between Begley, Sundin and sometimes midfielder Sarah Chupak who take turns facing off and battling for the ball.
"Sarah will sub for me and get into the circle sometimes,'' Sundin said. "She is amazing, too and she works so well with us.''
Although they have had a .7-5 season so far, the Colonials have a difficult strength of schedule. Facing the likes of Chatham, Mendham and Oak Knoll have taught them some lessons that they have taken to heart. It's also made them resilient, such as their efforts in the 11-10 overtime victory against Mountain Lakes on April 10 that assured them a top seed in the Morris County Tournament.
"That was a fun game especially since they were the ones that kicked us out of the tournament last year,'' Begley said. "It's always a tough game against Mountain Lakes. When we play them again we are always going to have that in the back of our minds.''
Their tournament has been good so far with an 18-3 win over Villa Walsh in the opening round this past Saturday. The Colonials have never gotten to the MCT finals. With the way they are improving, they figure it is finally their time.
"The main thing for me is that it's not that were scoring more goals,'' Ferrara said, "It is that we are having more fun. We are doing everything better. Things that we made mistakes on in the past we are fixing. We are playing a cleaner and more complete game.''