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Chatham tops Somerville for Group II title

Varsity vs Chatham HS on 5/30/2012 5:00:00 PM
Posted Saturday, June 02, 2012 by Mike Dimino
Chatham celebrates around head coach Anthony Calandra after beating Somerville on Wednesday. / BOB KARP/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

BERNARDSVILLE — After making it to its first group final in school history, the top-seeded Somerville High School boys lacrosse team made a strong showing but eventually fell to Chatham, 8-6, in the NJSIAA Group II final Wednesday night.

Somerville scored twice in the first quarter on goals by junior mid Michael Waterfield and sophomore attack Logan LeBlond.

“(The game plan was) to run them out and play our game and score some goals, and obviously we did in the first half but we came out in the second half flat and just couldn’t get the ball in the net,” Somerville coach Gillman Eaton said. “They came out strong, Chatham did.”

Chatham's David Gill scored with 8:43 to go in the second to cut the lead 2-1, but junior defender Chris Contino scored for Somerville a minute later.

Chatham midfielder Cory Heidaran scored on an assist by midfielder Thomas Guida for a 3-2 game but at the 5:35 mark LeBlond scored on a pass from junior attack Matt Raposo for a 4-2 Somerville lead.

Sophomore mid Jared Delouisa scored with 3:18 left in the second for a 5-2 lead but Chatham attack Sam Carson scored on an assist from attack Kyle Howard-Johnson with 31 seconds left for a 5-3 game at halftime.

Howard-Johnson helped the Cougars open the second half with a goal at the 9:35 mark to bring Chatham within one at 5-4, and midfielder Paul Hackett scored with 8:11 left to tie the game 5-5.

“At that point, after all the hard work we’ve done all year, coach got in our heads and let us know that if we don’t start playing the year is going to end before our very eyes,” Hackett said.

“So we all went out there and worked our hardest and it’s really the kids that work around me that made the situation possible.”

Gill gave Chatham the lead with 5:08 remaining, and the Cougar defense held Somerville to only four shots in the third quarter to take a 6-5 lead.

Guida scored his second goal of the game on an assist by Heidaran for a 7-5 lead with 7:36 to go in the game, and Carson sealed the win for the Cougars with an assist by Gill with 5:35 to go for a 8-5 lead.

“We couldn’t get the faceoffs in the second half so they had the ball in possession and I think that kind of did the deal for us,” Eaton said.

Raposo scored his second goal of the game for Somerville with 1:12 left, but the Pioneers couldn’t overcome the two-goal lead.

For Somerville, senior goalie Kyle Lieb made six saves while senior Corey Fritts also made six saves.

“All season they worked hard, they play together,’’ Eaton said. “We will be back here next year. It’s not an option, you see that and you want to be that.”

Chatham advances to the Tournament of Champions which starts June 2 at Bridgewater-Raritan.

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