Don Bosco Prep would love nothing more than another rousing start when it faces off against Gibbs Division foe Ridgewood at 3 this afternoon for the Bergen County Tournament championship at Mahwah High.
Ridgewood? well they may be hoping that momentum against an opponent--even one as powerful as the Ironmen--can somehow be carried over one full month later.
Don Bosco had used outstanding faceoff work from Dan Mizurek and stellar offensive play from Jack Ray, Conor Scavone and Max Allen to carve out a 7-2 first-half lead when these two teams squared off a divisional game April 14. Ridgewood was down early that day, but not out, outscoring the Ironmen, 7-6, in the second half of a 13-9 decision.
That great start allowed Bosco to snap an eight-game losing streak against Ridgewood and was one of the key propellants to this thus-far storybook season. The Ironmen, seeded first and No. 3 in The MSG Varsity Power Rankings, are 15-0 and will attempt to make win No. 16 their first Bergen County title.
Ridgewood (10-5), seeded second and ranked No. 9 by MSG Varsity, seeks its third BCT title and seventh straight victory of the season. Its only loss, in fact, since that game against Bosco was a 9-5 setback against West Islip of Long Island April 21.
Seniors Jack Allard and Max Luing scored four goals apiece and Connor O'Shea had one goal and one assist for Ridgewood last month against Bosco, and all were playing extremely well in the closing half. So was junior goalie Noah Pounds, who finished with 10 saves. He and defenders Tripp Telesco, Ryan Ghaderi, Pat LoParo and Dylan Logan will need to be much more stingy at the start of the game this time.
But Bosco's trademark most of this season has been its ability to launch an effective offense right from the start, using Mizurek's fine faceoff work as the trigger and its deep, talented offense for goal support. The Ironmen average 13 goals per game while its defense--led by Brian Kittredge, John Petzold, Anthony Falco and goalie William Collopy--gives up just 4.9 a game.
Allen, a versatile junior attackman, leads the Ironmen in points with 37 goals and 30 assists, putting him second on the club in both categories behind top goal scorer Jack Ray (40) and top setup man Brady Wulster (33 assists). Scavone has collected 32 goals and 10 assists and Marc Buermann has 20 goals and eight assists.
Mike Kinney covers boys lacrosse for MSG Varsity. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeKinneyHS