Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Talent, unity, hard work, selflessness and togetherness combine to make a perfect season.
The Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys lacrosse team can clearly be compared to the best lacrosse teams that New Jersey has ever produced. It wasn’t as much what the Panthers did on the field this season as how they did it. Bridgewater-Raritan dominated its opponents in every phase of the game—on average, the Group IV champions scored nearly 13 goals a game while surrendering less than four. The unbeaten Panthers were rarely threatened during the season, and their only challenge came from a motivated Ridgewood team in a thrilling triple overtime contest in the semifinal round of the Tournament of Champions. Their 11-5 victory over Delbarton Saturday in the Tournament of Champions final concluded a perfect season and extended a two-year …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Panthers capture Tournament of Champions title, extend winning streak to 36 games.
The Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys lacrosse team had a single goal this season: Repeat as winner of the Tournament of Champions. The Panthers achieved that feat Saturday night by beating Delbarton 11-5 Saturday night at Kean University, finishing the season a perfect 21-0 and extending their overall winning streak to 36 games. Bridgewater played as the powerhouse they've been all season. Jumping out to a five-goal lead, the offense seemed to score at will and kept Delbarton guessing as to what weapon would come next while keeping the Green Wave back on their heels. Anchored by Zack Jones in goal, defenders Evan Mock, Connor Murphy, Jared Kaden and Andrew Hengemuhle, the Panthers held Debarton at bay the entire game. Jones tallied 12…
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Panthers extend winning streak to 36 games, complete perfect season.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
The Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys lacrosse team captured its second straight Tournament of Champions title Saturday night with an 11-5 win over Delbarton at Kean University. Scott Bieda's five goals led the way for the Panthers, who finished the season 21-0 and extended their winning streak to 36 games. For a full game report and photo gallery of the championship, head here.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Mastroianni scores winning goal as Panthers one win away from repeating as T of C winners.
The Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys lacrosse team has had a single mission in 2012: Return to the Tournament of Champions and win a second title in a row. Thanks to Ray Mastroianni, the Panthers are now one win away from accomplishing that feat. Mastroianni scored the winning goal in the Panthers' 8-7 triple-overtime victory Wednesday over Ridgewood in the Tournament of Champions semifinals at Kean University. Bridgewater advances to face Delbarton in the Tournament of Champions final Saturday night at Kean at 7:30 p.m. IN SHORT The game remained tied at 7 through two overtime periods thanks to the efforts of Bridgewater goalie Zack Jones and Ridgewood's Noah Pounds. However, Bridgewater's Scott Bieda was hit hard in the head and …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Bridgewater-Raritan lacrosse coach Chuck Apel talks about the season and what's ahead.
Bridgewater-Raritan High School lacrosse head coach Chuck Apel celebrated his 400th victory this season, and, by the way the season is going, he will be adding many more before 2012 is over. The Panthers, who remain unbeaten at 11-0, are the top seed for the Somerset County Tournament, which begins Wednesday.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Boys at Central Jersey Lacrosse Camp learn the game from high school varsity coach Chuck Apel.
Throughout this week, Bridgewater-Raritan High School varsity lacrosse coach Chuck Apel has held the 2011 Central Jersey Lacrosse Camp, which began Monday and runs through Thursday for boys entering grades three through nine in the 2011-2012 school year. The lacrosse camp allowed boys to become better acquainted with the sport and work on their skills. Skill drills included catching, throwing, scooping ground balls, cradling, shooting, defensive positioning, stick protection, field maneuvers, goal tending and game and field awareness.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Bridgewater-Raritan takes control of game vs. Hillsborough in the third quarter.
Bridgewater-Raritan High School defeated Hillsborough, 12-10, in a hard-fought and physical game in the Group IV semifinals on Saturday at Basilone Field. The Panthers took control of the game in the third quarter, just like in the regular season contest between the two teams that was won by Bridgewater, 8-3, on April 27. IN SHORT Both Bridgewater-Raritan and Hillsborough went back and forth in the first half with no team having more than a two-goal lead. Tyler Konen scored for the Panthers with less than three seconds left in the first half to make it 6-5 in favor of Bridgewater. After Hillsborough scored a pair of goals to take a 7-6 lead, the Panthers won the crucial draws and it resulted in four unanswered goals that allowed …