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St. Peter's Prep goalie Peter Dobbs prepares himself as MKA's Ryan Dancy (16) fires shot on goal during Wednesday's season-opening lacrosse action in Montclair. The Marauders rode Dobbs' 12 saves in solid 8-4 win. (Photo by Gene Nann-nannphoto)
St. Peter's Prep head lacrosse coach Tim Roy urges on his Marauders aganst MKA
MKA's John Hatfield (left) and Ryan Dancy (16) leap with joy after Dancy's 1st half goal
The ball can be seen just in back of St. Peter's Prep goalie Peter Dobbs after shot on net by the Cougars' Dylan Hall (left) during Wednesday afternoon's heated lax action.
MKA midfielder Jason Gertz (18, left) looks to make his move against St. Peter's Prep
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MKA visits West Essex, 11 a.m. Saturday, in a Super Essex Conference match, while St. Peter’s Prep takes on Germantown (Pa.) Academy, 10:30 a.m., at the Lawrenceville School.
“We feel that we’re going to make a big impact in the Waterman Division,” said Dobbs, the Marauders’ Holy Cross-bound goalie. “We’re actually down three defensemen, two with knee injuries and one with a concussion, but our defensive coordinator, Coach (Peter) Cordrey is doing a tremendous job, we have people like Andrew Siracuse, Kevin Kwan and Tracy Bowers still out there and we’re doing a good job limiting the other team.”
MKA, which graduated 10 seniors off last year’s Non-Public B runner-up squad, was led vs. St. Peter’s Prep by senior midfielder Dominic Romeo (two goals) and senior attackman Jared Levine and junior attackman Ryan Dancy, who had one goal apiece.
After Vespole made it 6-3 with 8:46 left in the fourth quarter, Melitz made a great clear and the key pass upfield led to a quick goal by Romeo less than a minute later to close the gap to 6-4 before the youngster Williams gave the Marauders more breathing room with his second goal to make it 7-4 with 4:19 remaining.
“In the first half I thought we didn’t play to our potential, but we know we have talent on offense and we can control the pace, which we did a much better job of in the third and fourth quarters,” said Tim Roy, St. Peter’s Prep’s third-year head coach. “Coach Cordery, who was an All-American goalie at Princeton, has done a great job with our defense and they made their adjustments as well, which they’ve had to do with three starters out, including two for the rest of the season.
“Plus, when you have a goalie as good as Dobbs, a defenseman like Siracuse and attackmen like Vespole it makes everyone’s job that much easier.
“MKA always plays us tough and has some good talent so it’s nice to get out of here with a good season-opening win.”
GAME NOTES- St.Peter’s Prep’s team bus arrived nearly a half hour late due to heavy traffic encountered coming to Montclair from Jersey City as the scheduled 4:30 game did not have its first faceoff until almost 4:50 p.m….Among the former MKA laxmen excelling in college or beyond, Matt Lane is running the first midfield at Syracuse, Ryan Fennelly is excelling at Rhodes (Tenn.) College and University of Denver graduate Pat Karole is now playing for a top team in England…The MKA lacrosse program always takes time at the beginning of a new season to remember its late coach Noll Klank, who passed away back in April of 2003 and Edwards had to be summoned to take over the reins for his longtime friend. Klank was also a huge University of North Carolina Tar Heel basketball fan and would have been thrilled to be around for another Final Four appearance by his Heels this weekend in Glendale, Ariz...In the three most recent meetings between MKA and St. Peter's Prep prior to Wednesday's season opener, each result had been decided by one goal with St. Peter's winning 9-8 in 2015, and MKA coming out on top 11-10 in 2014 and 7-6 in 2013. The Cougars also had won 11-4 in 2012 and 8-2 in 2011.
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St. Peter's Prep's Holy Cross-bound goalie Peter Dobbs had 12 saves against MKA
St. Peter's Prep's Will Vespole (14), who had two goals in Wednesday's season opener, looks to make his move from behind the MKA net as Marauders were on the offensive.
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