Brookdale Crowned Region XIX NJCAA Champion

Lincroft, NJ (April 27, 2010) - The number-two seeded Brookdale Community College won its first-ever NJCAA Region XIX Championship with a 10-9 victory over the top seeded County College of Morris this afternoon.

The second-ranked Jersey Blues, who improve to 9-5 on the season (Region XIX 4-1) took full advantage of their second Region XIX title game appearance in the squad's second year of existence. The 2009 season was the first full varsity schedule Brookdale ever played, to which they suffered a defeat to Del-Tech Terry in the championship round.

In the 2010 chapter, Morris jumped out to a quick 4-0 start in the first seven minutes of the opening frame. However, led by tournament MVP John Tanner (Fair Haven, NJ/Rumson-Fair Haven) in goal, the Brookdale defense held Morris scoreless in the second stanza. The Jersey Blue offense, powered by freshman Ryan Olsen (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge), who finished the game with four goals, had no problem stepping up to the plate, as they rallied to score three consecutive goals to enter halftime behind by only one mark (3-4).

Brookdale scored two more unanswered goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, with Olsen's shot at 5:37 handing the Jersey Blues their first lead of the game (5-4).

Freshman midfielder John Felicetti (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) would then strike from his knees at 15-yards out to increase the Jersey Blues' lead by two. Following the faceoff from Felicetti's score, defender Sean Cunningham (Spring Lake, NJ/Christian Brothers) took the ball the length of the field in only 13 seconds to give the Jersey Blues a 7-4 edge over the top-seeded team.

Morris responded with two goals of its own as Tom McAndrews (Randolph, NJ) and David Soule (Kinnelon, NJ) would both find the back of the net, to close the gap 7-6 heading into the final break. The Titans weren't going to go quietly, as Tom Walsh (Morris Hills, NJ) tied the game from a wide open stance :21 seconds into the final stanza.

Thanks to a low corner shot by Felicetti, who finished the game with four points (three goals/one assist), and a powerful rip by Olsen, the Jersey Blues reached their 10-goal mark with 7:28 remaining in the game. Morris would score a quick two more goals, but it would prove to be not enough as Brookdale controlled the clock to remain the victors. Tanner recorded 13 saves in the winning effort and freshman Kenny Bogert (Brick, NJ/Brick Township) also contributed with two goals and one assist.

Brookdale will now host the winner of the Suffolk/Nassau game in the District 2 playoff for a berth into the NJCAA National Championship Tournament on Saturday, May 1st.

2010-04-28



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