|VIDEO: Delbarton back on top, bests Bergen Catholic in final|
A first-quarter explosion made it clear that the Delbarton boys' lacrosse team wasn't going to lose in the state final for the second year in a row. The Green Wave scored six times in that opening period and went on to avenge last year's defeat to Bergen Catholic, 15-5.
Rory Madigan keyed that first period surge and went on to post an eight-point effort for Delbarton, with three goals and five assists. The Green Wave captured the Non-Public A title for the eighth time and won their 14th group championship overall.
Delbarton, which fell to Bergen Catholic in a wild 15-14 game last year, dominated possession in the first quarter as it built a 6-0 lead. The Crusaders clawed back into the game but never trailed by fewer than four goals the rest of the night. The Green Wave put the game away with a five-goal fourth quarter.
Michael Rutter and Keegan Khan contributed two goals and one assist apiece for top-seeded Delbarton. Garrett Samuelson, Colin Crowley and Tom Schelling notched two goals each, while long-pole players Jack Kielty and Matt Douglas also scored.
Delbarton goalie Chris Crowley made seven saves in the win.
Second-seeded Bergen Catholic got two goals and an assist from Frankie Feaster. Jeremy Magno also scored twice and Dwayne Mattushik added a goal for the Crusaders.
Bergen Catholic, which had lost only once since a rough start to the season, finishes at 15-7.
Delbarton improves to 20-2 and will be the second seed in the upcoming Tournament of Champions. The Green Wave draws a bye into the semifinals, where it will meet the winner of West Morris and Mountain Lakes in an all-Morris County affair.
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