Will Marripodi and the rest of the seniors on the Montgomery High School boys’ lacrosse team wanted a championship that felt like one of their own.
They got just that last Saturday.
Max Drift scored three goals and assisted on two others, while Alex Ipeker and Dan Boyer each scored twice to lift the Cougars to a 10-3 victory over Lenape in the South Jersey, Group 4 state sectional championship game last Saturday at Montgomery.
The state sectional title was the Cougars’ third in the last four years and a nice reward after losing to Lenape in the South Jersey, Group 4 final last year.
“We definitely wanted it back, especially since freshman and sophomore year it really wasn’t us playing it was the older kids,” said Marripodi, who had a goal and a pair of picturesque assists in the victory. “Last year it was us playing and we weren’t able to win it. So we wanted it back in Montgomery’s hands. It was good to win it for all of the juniors and seniors.”
Lenape scored first but that was one of the lone bright spots in the day for the visiting team. Montgomery goalkeeper Noah Lin was on top of his game again, recording 10 saves in goal.
“The defense was fantastic all day and Noah was great,” Marripodi said. “They really got the ball in our hands and let us do what we do.”
After allowing the first goal of the game Montgomery scored the next five to close out the first half with a 5-1 lead. Marripodi had both of his assists in the second quarter. He has 25 goals and 66 assists for the season.
“I feed when I see people open,” he said. “And then if I see an opportunity I will take it to the cage.”
Montgomery improved to 17-3 with the triumph. The Cougars have won five in a row since a 15-9 loss to Ridge in the Somerset County Tournament final on May 11.
“We used the county final as motivation,” Marripodi said. “We didn’t play our best and we know that. We want to keep elevating our game. Every game we have more and more chemistry. We just want to continue to build on that.”
Montgomery was scheduled to face Hunterdon Central Regional High School in the Group 4 state final on Wednesday, but the game was postponed due to weather and will be played Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Hopewell Valley Central High School. Marripodi and the rest of the seniors were hoping their ride continued.
“All six of us have been together for who knows how long,” Marripodi said. “I know where everyone is going to be. Guys like Kyle (Howard) and Max, I started playing with them when we were pretty young. It’s great that our last home game was a win. We lost a few guys along the way and it would have been nice to still have them. But we have a great group and we’ll continue to build our chemistry.”