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NJSIAA state tournament: Somerville and Chatham on a collison course in the Group 2 bracket

Varsity vs Chatham HS on 5/30/2012 5:00:00 PM
Posted Wednesday, June 06, 2012 by Mike Dimino

NJSIAA state tournament: Somerville and Chatham on a collison course in the Group 2 bracket

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 3:05 AM     Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 5:05 AM
 
 
 
 
 
FAVORITE
delouisa.JPGJared DeLouisa is one of the many offensive threats on a balanced Somerville team.
The numbers that Somervilleranked No. 11 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, has putting on the scoreboard are real. Somerville is putting in 12.4 goals per game because it moves the ball around quickly and efficiently has a talented bunch of finishers in Matt RaposoLogan LeBlondMichael WaterfieldJared DeLouisaAlex Karlis and Casey McAdam. McAdam gets the team rolling on the face-offs and then stays on the field to keep the offense flowing. 

The defense is giving up just 3.4 goals per game because, while it's a young unit, it's also a tough and talented one headed by Chris ContinoRandy MaroneyPat GregaMike Diminoand senior goalie Kyle Lieb

The team has scored 11 goals or more in all but two games, and allowed more than five in a game only once, to No. 1 Bridgewater-Raritan.

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE BRACKET

CLICK HERE FOR THE GROUP 2 BRACKET

CONTENDERS
No. 18 Chatham is the top contender and, up until recently, was the favorite. The three times I saw Chatham play against SummitDelbarton and St. Augustine, it looked like one of the best teams in the state. 

Kyle Howard-JohnsonMatt ProtoSam Carson and Thomas Guida are all potent offensive threats and David Gill is impressive on the face-offs. The defense is equally impressive withThomas StephanWill Weichert and goalie Corey Fritts. They've showed some inconsistencies down the stretch, but if they turn it around, they will certainly be in the final.

Northern HighlandsSpartaSenecaHopewell ValleyRamapo and Pascack Valley are teams that can content.

DARK HORSE
Mendham is a tricky team. While it may be 6-10, the Morris County team has beatenMorristownCaldwell and Westfield and lost close ones to Chatham and No. 12 Seton Hall Prep. If it could somehow sneak past Chatham, a trip to the final is a possibility.

stephan.JPGThomas Stephan and the Chatham defense will be instrumental in their team's success.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Thomas Stephan of Chatham and that defense could be the difference if they look to make a return trip to the Group 2 final. When Chatham was at its best, the defense was giving up just 5.5 goals per game. 

LAST YEAR'S FINAL: Summit defeated Chatham, 7-6, in five overtimes. Last year's bracket 

LOOKING AHEAD AT POSSIBLE GAMES OF INTEREST

Play-in round
Morris Hills at Jefferson

First Round
Ramapo at Pascack Valley
Wayne Hills at Seneca

Quarterfinals
Sparta vs. Seneca/Wayne Hills
Mendham at Chatham
Ramapo/Pascack Valley at Hopewell Valley

Final
Chatham vs. Somerville

GROUP 2 HISTORY
(Runner-up in parenthesis)
2004: Delbarton (West Essex)
2005: Delbarton (West Essex)
2006: Ramapo (Montgomery)
2007: West Morris (Ramapo)
2008: Moorestown (West Morris)
2009: Summit (Moorestown)
2010: Princeton (Ramapo)
2011: Summit (Chatham)

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