BLOOMFIELD — Like several tournaments the Bergen Catholic High School golf team has been involved in this spring, there were some dramatics involved.Locked into a tight dual with arch-rival Don Bosco Prep, George Cultraro’s uphill par putt on the par-3, 18th hole circled the cup, then dropped in for B.C., while Bosco’s Ryan’s Skae had his …
1. Bergen Catholic (25-0)2. Christian Brothers (11-0)3. Oratory (7-0)4. Westfield (8-2) 5. Don Bosco Prep (6-3)6. St. Rose (14-1)7. Watchung Hills (9-1)8. Mendham (10-2) 9. North Hunterdon (9-1)10….
Eight teams are left in the BCCA boys lacrosse tournament, which resumes today.
No. 1 Ridgewood vs. No. 8 Ramsey
No. 2 Northern Highlands vs. No. 10 Pascack Valley
No. 3 Ramapo vs. No. 6 Glen Rock
No. 4 Bergen Catholic vs. No. 12 Don Bosco
Here’s a look how each of them got there:
No. 1 Ridgewood – Bye, beat Paramus Catholic 18-1
The Maroons’ second round win pushed their record to 11-0 and sustained their status as the only unbeaten squad in North Jersey. Seniors Kevin Mollihan (36 goals) and Cooper Telesco (33) anchor an offense that’s scored 13.3 goals per game this season. Against Paramus Catholic, Mollihan recorded four goals and Telesco picked up a hat trick. And the Maroons bolstered their regular season résumé during the week by beating Don Bosco in an 11-4 final.
No. 2 Northern Highlands – Bye, beat NV/Old Tappan 16-3
The second ranked Highlanders (9-2) benefitted from a nine point game from Thomas Heber (4 goals, 5 assists) and key contributions from Tyler Butwin and Ethan Plasker to blow out the Golden Knights. Northern Highlands’ offense runs through Hebner and Butwin, who have combined for 50 goals this season. Hebner’s 22 assists is tied for seventh in North Jersey. Earlier in the week, Northern Highlands defeated Fair Lawn and No. 6 Mahwah.
No. 3 Ramapo – Bye, beat Westwood 19-1
The Raiders offense has gradually improved over the last four games and its recent 19-goal outburst marked a season high. Ramapo heavily relies on Andrew Robbins (28 goals), but has seen several others step up of late. Among those are Jack Griffin, Michael Kowal and Jack Landel who all scored three times in the win over the Cardinals. The lockdown play from Johnny Caponi and Luke Mutterer in net also factors into the team’s success. Ramapo hasn’t given up more than seven goals since April 2 and posted a 3.25 goals against average over the last four games.
No. 4 Bergen Catholic – Bye, beat Fair Lawn 16-3
“Jekyll-and-hyde” no more, the Crusaders are on a seven-game winning streak and have found a new level of consistency with their balance on offense. Nine different players scored in the team’s win over the Cutters with each scoring between one and three goals. Dwayne Mattushik alleviated some of the scoring burden on Jeremy Magno (32 goals) and Trevor Weingarten (26 goals) by chipping in seven points in the win over Fair Lawn. Bergen Catholic also earned recent wins over the Hun School and Montclair.
No. 6 Glen Rock – Bye, beat River Dell 9-4
The Panthers pitched a first half shutout against River Dell, slowing down one of the strongest offenses in the area. Max Egermeyer provided a game-high four goals for Glen Rock and Eric Spada scored twice. Glen Rock (9-3) enters its semifinal against Ramapo having won four of five.
No. 8 Ramsey – Bye, beat NV/Demarest 13-7
Matt Spagnoletti broke out with a four-goal game against NV/Demarest and the Rams got their usual scoring contributions from Tyler Harmon and Rob Sciubba en route to an outstanding win. Ramsey distributes the bell as well as just about anyone. Entering Tuesday’s games, three Ramsey players occupied the top four spots in the North Jersey assist leaderboard – Tommy Fatuova with 34, Harmon with 31 and Sciubba with 28. Ramsey also beat Passaic Valley and Westwood during the week, accumulating 48 goals during the three-game wining streak. Now, that offense faces a monumental challenge against the stingy Ridgewood defense led by Syracuse-bound Brett Kennedy.
No. 10 Pascack Valley – Bye, beat St. Joseph 8-6
Faceoff specialist Jimmy Spillane won 13 of 18 draws and tallied three points in the Indians’ impressive win over St. Joseph. Nick Stevens, Conor Kimball and Mike Soravilla also scored three goals apiece in the victory for 8-2 Pascack Valley. Spillane is a solid all-around player with 31 goals and 17 assists on the season and an 83 percent faceoff percentage.
No. 12 Don Bosco – Bye, beat Mahwah 9-2
There were many people who believed (coach Brendan Gorman and myself included) that the Ironmen deserved better than a 12 seed. The Ironmen certainly looked the part of a top tier team in the second round by overthrowing fifth-seeded Mahwah and turning in a statement win. Wagner-bound senior Dom Branda delivered a seven-goal performance, Russell Masci set up a few scoring plays and Steven Rann was solid in net. All the pieces came together for Don Bosco in what hardly felt like an upset.
Other notes from around North Jersey:
Park Ridge/Emerson has to be pleased with how its inaugural varsity season has gone. The co-op program improved to 7-4 by beating Hawthorne, 14-1, on Saturday.
Just about the same thing can be said for first-year program Tenafly (7-4). Junior Alon Berkowitz scored a game-tying goal with about 10 seconds left in the Tigers’ game versus Passaic Tech last Wednesday. Then senior attack Noah Kasten fired in the game-winning tally about a minute into overtime.
Fair Lawn seems to have gotten a jolt from its overtime win over Dwight-Englewood a few weeks ago. The Cutters had won three of four before losing to Bergen Catholic in the BCCA Sweet Sixteen. They recently beat Paramus and Waldwick – two higher seeded teams in my internal rankings – with its win over the Spartans coming in the county tournament.
Top goal scoring performances of last week:
- Eight: River Dell’s Matt Coppola
- Seven: Don Bosco’s Dom Branda
- Six: Boonton’s Connor Davis, Fair Lawn’s Marc Terwilliger, Ramsey’s Declan Rybacki, Park Ridge/Emerson’s Thomas Morgan
- Five: Dwight-Englewood’s Mickey Sacks, Hawthorne’s Joseph Carr, Mahwah’s Aidan Carroll, NV/Demarest’s Sean Jansson, Paramus Catholic’s Rob Spedding, Park/Ridge Emerson’s Shawn Sweeney and Ryan McGee Passaic Valley’s Jake McGowan
Around the fields:
[NOTE: Prelim match dates/times finalized as of Friday 4/29]
This year’s Bergen County boys volleyball tournament will include 10 of the 12 teams in the county, making it the largest field since the event moved to its current format in 2011. Win-loss records are through Thursday’s matches, which were the final ones to count toward the seeding, and the full schedule is after the jump:
No. 1 Fair Lawn (14-5)
No. 2 Hackensack (14-3)
No. 3 Bergen Catholic (7-5)
No. 4 Don Bosco (8-8)
No. 5 Teaneck (9-4)
No. 6 Bergen Tech (11-6)
No. 7 Bergenfield (5-9)
No. 8 Lyndhurst (9-7)
No. 9 Indian Hills (3-9)
No. 10 Garfield (0-10)
Bergenfield and Lyndhurst are entering for the first time after getting a few years of varsity experience under their belts, and first-year program Bergen Charter (3-6) will follow a similar path, as the Yellow Jackets did not enter this season. Ramapo (5-4) opted not to enter to focus on qualifying for the state tournament.
The top-seeded Cutters are the three-time defending champions and have won six of the past seven county titles. They are unbeaten against Bergen opponents since 2012, when they were edged by Don Bosco in the county final, 2-1.
The Aces will update all the info on this page once everything becomes finalized, so check this page (bookmark it if you like) for all the latest leading up to the semifinals…
2016 BERGEN COUNTY BOYS VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Preliminary Round (Tuesday, May 3)
No. 9 Indian Hills at No. 8 Lyndhurst, 4 p.m.
No. 10 Garfield at No. 7 Bergenfield, 4 p.m.
Quarterfinals (to be played by May 7)
w/o Indian Hills-Lyndhurst at No. 1 Fair Lawn, TBD
w/o Garfield-Bergenfield at No. 2 Hackensack, Thu. 5/5 @ 4 p.m.
No. 6 Bergen Tech at No. 3 Bergen Catholic, Thu. 5/5 @ 4 p.m.
No. 5 Teaneck at No. 4 Don Bosco, TBD
Tuesday, May 10 at Hackensack, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
*The highest remaining seed will be designated home team for 7 p.m. match, next-highest seed left plays at 5:30
Thursday, May 12 at Hackensack, 7 p.m.
So, with the news today from the NJSIAA that Delbarton is in the New Jersey Super Football Conference, at least for now.
(See story here.)
This means another one of the Big Five can finally go public with its schedule. Don Bosco Prep. The St. Joe’s schedule, amazingly, is not finished, because Pope John had done some of the same stuff as Delbarton, and put out a schedule without St. Peter’s and St. Joes. Now that Delbarton has lost its case (again, for now) there appears to be little ground for Pope John to stand on. They can play the schedule they created independently and accept forfeits from the NJSIAA/NJSFC, or amend their schedule to include Peters and Joes.
So that is the next chapter in this. We should find out about that soon.
Of course, Delbarton has the right to appeal the ruling today. Wednesday they can appeal to the NJSIAA’s Executive Committee (which happens to include Bosco Principal John Stanczak) and after that, guess who? The Commissioner of Education of New Jersey David Hespe. Hmm, he’s been in the news before.
The DePaul, Bergen Catholic and Paramus Catholic schedules are already out. Check the archives.
And by the way, former Bosco AD Frank Rezzonico has put together an amazing Bosco football website. I had a chance to go over some of the stuff a few years ago and it’s amazing. Check it out here.
And now for the 2016 Don Bosco Prep football schedule, assuming a Delbarton game.
Friday, Sept 2, at American Heritage of Ft. Lauderdale (FLA), 7 p.m.
Sat, Sept. 10, at St Joes Philly at Widener University, 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Sept. 17 vs. Moeller (Ohio) 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23, vs. DePaul, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1 at Delbarton, TBA
Friday, Oct. 7 vs. St. Joe’s Regional, 7 p.m. (may be Saturday)
Friday, Oct. 21, vs. Paramus Catholic, 7 p.m. (may be Saturday)
Saturday, Oct. 29, at Bergen Catholic, 1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 4, at St. Peter’s Prep, 7 p.m.
First, there are multiple American Heritage(s) in Florida. I am told this is ‘the good one’. Ok then. Very interesting as the Ironmen may be in Florida and Wayne Hills may open the season in Florida that same weekend. Please don’t let those games be at the same time. So there is 1 big out-of-state trip on the Bosco schedule this year.
As far as the Oct. 7 and Oct. 21st games. Bosco AD Brian McAleer said for now those games are scheduled for Friday night, but depending on television (you never know) or just the desire of the coaches to move the games, they could be moved to Saturday night or sometime Saturday during the day.
Also, just to know, Delbarton hasn’t sent out anything showing a Bosco football game yet. But the date would be that weekend, Sept. 30/Oct. 1st.