Bridgewater, Ridgewood Take New Jersey Titles

Complete with a comeback win, an upset for the ages, plus strong, competitive play by all teams, championship weekend in the Garden State proved to be one of the most thrilling in recent memory. The NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title games were held on Saturday at Rutgers University for both the girls' and boys' divisions.

Bridgewater-Raritan Upends No. 1 Summit for Boys' Championship

In a highly competitive lacrosse showdown, attackmen Scott Bieda and Tyler Konen both scored two goals to lead third-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan to a 6-5 victory over No. 1 Summit on Saturday in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title game at Rutgers University.

The victory for Bridgewater was the program's first Tournament of Champions title. Meanwhile, the result also signaled an end to Summit's extraordinary 68-game winning streak, a run that dated back to the 2009 campaign and included the previous two TOC championships.

Meanwhile, Saturday's finale was fitting for a title game as the quality of lacrosse was high and both squads were evenly matched. Highlighted by strong defensive play on both ends and some excellent individual match-ups, the teams were deadlocked at 2-2 at the end of the first period before Bridgewater took a 4-3 edge into intermission.

The score was tied at 4-4 early in the fourth quarter before Bieda found the back of the net with eight minutes, 49 seconds left to give his team the lead again. Then, with 3:15 remaining in regulation, junior Ray Mastroianni scored off a dodge in what would prove to be the game-winner for Bridgewater. While Terry McKenna scored his third goal of the day for Summit to make it 6-5 with a minute to go, the squad wasn't able to tally again thanks to a strong defensive stand late by the Panthers.

The Panthers finished the season 20-2 overall and riding a 15-game winning streak. The program also won the New Jersey Group IV championship on June 2 with a 9-6 victory against Hunterdon Central.

Summit concludes its season with a mark of 23-1 and a Group II title. The Hilltoppers never allowed more than six goals in any game this season.

Ridgewood Mounts Impressive Comeback to Win Second Straight Girls' Title

Despite facing a two-goal deficit with seven minutes left in regulation, the Ridgewood girls' lacrosse team clicked into high gear when they needed to most.

The Maroons scored the final three goals of the game and shut down a typically prolific opponent en route to a 10-9 victory over Moorestown in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title game at Rutgers University on Saturday.

The thrilling win marked Ridgewood's second straight TOC title and second overall victory over Moorestown (22-4) this season. Ridgewood which also set a program record for most wins in a season at 23 now becomes just the first team since 1999 to beat the Quakers twice in one campaign.

Senior Sally Jentis tallied the game-winner for Ridgewood with just 2:44 left in regulation. Jentis finished with three goals on the day for the Maroons, while teammate Kelci Smesko scored a game-high four scores and dished out two assists.

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2011-06-13



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