Nike/LM HS Mid-Atlantic Report: Bergen's Delayed Gratification
The Bergen Catholic (N.J.) boys' lacrosse team waited exactly 365 days to avenge its 2014 loss to Delbarton (N.J.) in the Non-Public A championship game.
And then, the Crusaders waited a little longer, as the start of Wednesday's title game was delayed more than an hour because of bad weather.
But considering Bergen Catholic's lacrosse program had waited 21 years to hoist a championship trophy, it was worth the anticipation.
Bergen Catholic defeated defending champion Delbarton 15-14 to win the program's first Non-Public A championship and earn a spot in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. When the clock ran out in the fourth quarter, coach Joe Haemmerle and his Crusaders were ready to celebrate, but once again, there was more waiting. The referees put two seconds back on the clock – though it didn't affect the outcome.
"Everyone ran on the field and they had to clear it, so the second time I had to be convinced it was really over this time," Haemmerle said. "I was relieved when it was finally over. I was thankful and appreciative of where we are and the people we have in our program. It was a special moment."
The Crusaders jumped out to a 10-5 lead by halftime and led 13-8 heading into the fourth quarter, but the 2014 Tournament of Champions winner was not going down that easy. The Green Wave outscored the Crusaders 6-2 in the fourth quarter; however, Jeremy Magno's goal with 2:06 left proved to be the game-winner.
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Player of the Week
Jeremy Magno, Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
On a senior-laden team, it was the junior who led the team in scoring in the Non-Public A championship game. Magno scored four goals, including what proved to be the game winner in the 15-14 victory over Delbarton (N.J.). For the season, Magno has 32 goals and 16 assists.
Also notable: Michael Reilly (Bergen Catholic, N.J.), Brian Kolen (Bridgewater-Raritan, N.J.), Cooper Telesco (Ridgewood, N.J.), Clay McCollum (Pingry, N.J.), A.J. Witherell (Salesianum, Del.)
"It is a senior group, the guys we had out there have been through the war," Haemmerle said. "I had all the confidence in the world that these guys were going to get the job done. There wasn't any doubt in my mind."
The seniors got the job done. Michael Reilly totaled nine points on eight assists and a goal, Zach Larsen scored three goals and had one assist and Brendan Mackie scored three goals in the win. Magno, a junior, had five points on a team-leading four goals and one assist. Junior goalie Matt DiScola made nine saves for Bergen Catholic.
Now, Bergen Catholic moves on to the Tournament of Champions as the No. 2 seed. The Crusaders will play Summit (N.J.) in the semifinals on Wednesday.
"I have a pretty motivated group of guys that are still hungry," Haemmerle said. "I don't think anybody is satisfied that we can't achieve more this year."
Nike/LM Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10
1. Haverford School (Pa.), 26-0
2. Landon (Md.), 20-2
3. Gonzaga (D.C.), 18-3
4. St. Mary's Annapolis (Md.), 12-6
5. McDonogh (Md.), 14-5
6. St. Paul's (Md.), 13-6
7. Boys' Latin (Md.), 15-5
8. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 13-4
9. Bergen Catholic (N.J.), 17-5
10. Bullis (Md.), 14-5
Bergen Catholic (N.J.) jumps into the Mid-Atlantic Top 10 this week after claiming its first Non-Public Class A title. The Crusaders avenged last year's loss in the title game to claim the school's 21st overall championship of the 2014-15 school year.
Delbarton (N.J.), despite suffering just two losses all year, is the only team to fall out of the rankings this week. The Green Wave's season came to an end in a 15-14 loss to Bergen Catholic in the Non-Public A championship game. Senior Andrew Ford led the team with four goals in the loss.
Boys' Games to Watch
Robinson (Va.) at Chantilly (Va.), Tuesday
Both Robinson and Chantilly already qualify for the VHSL quarterfinals next week, so this game is as much about pride and maybe a little revenge. Robinson's lone loss was a 10-7 defeat at the hands on Chantilly on May 22. Robinson won it all last year, taking home the VHSL championship with a 9-7 win over Langley (Va.).
Bergen Catholic (N.J.) vs. Summit (N.J.) at Kean University, Wednesday
This Tournament of Champions semifinal matchup pits the No. 2-seeded Crusaders against last year's ToC runner-up Hilltoppers, who are the No. 3 seed. It's the second straight game Bergen Catholic will play a tenacious defensive unit. Summit has allowed an average of just 4.43 goals per game this season and is coming off a 7-0 shutout of Group 1 champion Rumson-Fair Haven in the first round.
Nike/LM Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Girls' Player of the Week
Melanie Becker, Moorestown (N.J.)
Becker led the Quakers to their fifth straight Group 3 championship and eighth overall, as she scored a team-high six points on five goals and an assist. The victory earned Moorestown a spot in the Tournament of Champions, in which the Quakers are the second seed and will play Oak Knoll (N.J.) on June 3.
Also notable: Sara Szynal (Summit, N.J.), Morgan Ryan (Oak Knoll, N.J.), Caroline Wakefield (Centreville, Va.), Stephanie Palmucci (Oakton, Va.), Sarah Tappan (Cape Henlopen, Del.), Alexa Woodruff (Cape Henlopen, Del.), Morgan Day (Kennard-Dale, Pa.)
1. McDonogh (Md.), 21-0
2. Good Counsel (Md.), 19-2
3. Holy Cross (Md.), 16-4
4. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 20-3
5. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 28-1
6. Ridgewood (N.J.), 21-0
7. Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 23-1
8. Moorestown (N.J.), 20-3
9. Radnor (Pa.), 22-2
10. Summit (N.J.), 19-4
Radnor (Pa.) enters the Top 10 this week after defeating Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) and Harriton (Pa.) in the first two rounds of the PIAA playoffs. The Red Raiders have won three straight and avenged a May 19 loss to Harriton in the process. Radnor's Katie Quinn scored the game-winning goal in the 8-7 overtime victory over Harriton in the second round on Saturday.
Great Valley (Pa.) drops from the rankings this week after falling 12-9 to Conestoga in the second round of the PIAA playoffs. The Patriots had won eight straight games before the loss – its second to Conestoga this season.
Girls' Games to Watch
Conestoga (Pa.) vs. Radnor (Pa.) at Haverford High School, June 2
This PIAA semifinal is the rubber match between these teams this season, but this time the loser goes home for the year. Conestoga defeated Radnor 13-10 on April 9, but Radnor earned an 11-10 win on May 21. The winner moves on to the championship game on Saturday where they will play the winner of the Garnet Valley-Quaker Valley game also set for June 2.
Ridgewood (N.J.) vs. Summit (N.J.) at Monmouth University, June 3
The No. 6 and 9 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Top 10 face off in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions at 5 p.m. Ridgewood is 23-0 and has not allowed a team to reach double digits in scoring in 11 straight games. When these teams met on April 13, Ridgewood came out on top 9-8. Summit's defense is equally stout, having allowed more than nine goals just twice this season.
Boys' Mid-Atlantic Notebook
New Jersey had a busy end of the week with six group finals taking place over the course of two days May 27-28. The winners of each game moved on to the Tournament of Champions, which began on Saturday.
The championship game will be played on June 6.
Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) won the Group 4 championship with a 16-8 victory over Lenape (N.J.), led by Brian Kolen's seven points on five goals and two assists.
Ridgewood (N.J.) won the Group 3 final with a 15-5 win over Shawnee. Cooper Telesco scored six goals and had one assist in the win, and five players totaled at least two points for Ridgewood.
Summit (N.J.) won its second straight Group 2 title with an 8-7 win over Cranford (N.J.), as John Cordrey led the team with three points and two goals. Andrew Chase had a team-high three goals in a 7-0 win over Group 1 winner Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.) in the opening round of the Tournament of Champions. Summit moves on to play Bergen Catholic on Wednesday.
Rumson-Fair Haven downed Mountain Lakes (N.J.) 9-8 in overtime to take home the Group 1 championship. Charlie Curran scored the game-tying and game-winning goals.
Finally, Pingry (N.J.) downed Morristown-Beard (N.J.) 14-8 to win the Non-Public B championship. Clayton Wright finished with seven points on six assists and a goal, while Clay McCollum had six goals in the win. Pingry went on to defeat Ridgewood 10-7 in the first round of the Tournament of Champions, led by Clayton Wright's four points. Pingry faces Bridgewater-Raritan on Wednesday.
Salesianum (Del.) recaptured the DIAA championship with a 16-5 win over Cape Henlopen (Del.) on Saturday. The Sals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 89 seconds and never looked back. A.J. Witherell scored six goals to help lead Salesianum to its seventh state championship and fourth in the last five years.
Chantilly (Va.) defeated Battlefield (Va.) 11-4 in the Virginia 6A North semifinals. The Chargers move on to the finals on June 2, facing Robinson (Va.), which defeated Langley (Va.) 12-6.
Girls' Mid-Atlantic Notebook
Cape Henlopen (Del.) completed its season by winning its seventh straight DIAA championship with a 16-6 win over Polytech (Del.) on May 27.
Sarah Tappan scored five goals and had two assists and Alexa Woodruff had six assists and a goal in the victory. The win is the Vikings' 84th consecutive against a Delaware opponent. They have not lost to an in-state team since May 2, 2009.
As though six boys' finals in one week was not enough, New Jersey held all its group championships on the girls' side on Saturday.
Ridgewood (N.J.) defeated Lenape (N.J.) 11-9 to win the Group 4 championship. The Maroons jumped out to a 5-2 lead by halftime and withstood Lenape's second-half rally attempt. Lenape outscored Ridgewood 7-6 in the second half.
Four players scored two goals each for Ridgewood: Alex Absey, Katie Bourque, Hannah Cermack and Chelsea Trattner. Kasey Donoghue and Natalie Peel each scored three goals for Lenape in the loss.
Moorestown (N.J.) won its fifth straight Group 3 title with a 17-4 win over Morristown (N.J.). The Quakers led 10-1 by halftime and were paced by Melanie Becker's six points and five goals. Adriana Pendino scored four goals and Alex O'Donnell scored three in the victory.
In the Group 2 final, Summit (N.J.) won its third straight championship with a 11-6 win over Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.). Sara Szynal scored five goals to lead the Hilltoppers, and Catherine Cordrey added three goals. Summit earned the No. 4 seed in the Tournament of Champions and will play No. 1 seed Ridgewood in the opening round on June 3.
Oak Knoll (N.J.) won its third Group 1 championship with a 13-4 win over Shore (N.J.). Ali Balocco and Cassie Ford each scored four goals, and Morgan Ryan totaled four points on two goals and two assists in the victory. Oak Knoll went up 8-2 by halftime and outscored Shore 5-2 in the second half to get the win. Oak Knoll is the third seed in the Tournament of Champions and will face Moorestown in the opening round.
Oakton (Va.) sophomore Stephanie Palmucci scored the game-tying and the game-winning goals in a 17-16 overtime victory over Centreville (Va.) in the Virginia 6A North region semifinals on Saturday. They face Robinson (Va.) in the final on June 2.
Kennard-Dale (Pa.) senior Morgan Day set the national record for most goals in a career a few weeks ago, but the number is now set, as Day completed her career with a four-goal game in a loss to Great Valley (Pa.) in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs. Day finished with 469 career goals, breaking the old record of 459 set by Megan Shortt from Bishop McGuinness (Pa.) and East Forsyth (Pa.).
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