|VIDEO: Bridgewater-Raritan rolls by Lenape for Group IV title|
Bridgewater-Raritan has handled every challenge this boys' lacrosse season, and the Panthers dealt with a one-day delay for the Group IV state final without much sweat. A pair of big runs keyed Bridgewater-Raritan's 16-8 triumph over Lenape.
The Panthers fell behind 1-0, but then scored seven of the next eight goals to take control of the game. After Lenape cut the deficit to 9-5 at the half, Bridgewater-Raritan pumped in four goals in less than three minutes of the third quarter to effectively put the game away.
Brian Kolen had a big game offensively for Bridgewater-Raritan, scoring five goals and adding two assists. Ethan Christensen found the net four times, while Ethan Locker and Nick Attanasio added two goals apiece.
Griffin Figel notched a goal and three assists for the Panthers. Goalie Luke Konen made six saves.
Matt Smith paced Lenape with two goals and one assist. Tim Montgomery and Wolfe had a goal and an assist apiece. The South champion Indians finish the season at 13-7.
Bridgewater-Raritan is now 21-0, the only unbeaten team in New Jersey. The Panthers will be the top seed in the Tournament of Champions, drawing a first-round bye before playing the winner of Ridgewood and Pingry in the semifinals.
For sports video highlights of this New Jersey high school boys' lacrosse state tournament final, click play in the box at left.