Chatham Girls’ Lacrosse Routs Millburn in First Round of North Jersey, Group 3 States

It did not take long for the Chatham High School (N.J.) Girls’ lacrosse team to put yesterday’s 9-8 loss to Oak Knoll behind them, as it scored four goals in the first two minutes of its game against Millburn for an early 4-0 lead.

From there, the top-seeded Cougars (14-4) never looked back, as they poured on the offense in their 14-0 victory over the No. 16 Millers (8-11) in the NJSIAA first round of the North Jersey, Group 3 state tournament.

“This was a good win for us,” Chatham head coach Helen McCutcheon-Oliver said with joy in her voice. “We had a lot of different players score for us. Ava (Goodheart) had three goals, Cam (McGlynn) had three goals and C.J. (Williams) scored her first varsity goal; she plays defense. It was a good way to get states started. It was a good day for a lacrosse game.”

Goodheart, a junior, made it 5-0 with 22:18 remaining in the first half. McGlynn, another junior, added to the offensive barrage with a tally of her own that swelled the Cougar advantage to 6-0 with 21:57 to go before the break.

After a steal, Chatham tacked on another score, and junior Addison Barrett, a two-sport athlete is committed to Princeton for lacrosse, found the back of the net for an 8-0 lead with 18:38 left in the half.

Four more tallies increased the Cougars’ advantage to 12-0 at the break.

Early in the second half, the right-handed Williams used a pretty move in front of the net to score with her left hand to make it 13-0. Senior Micky Kelly capped the scoring for Chatham.

McGlynn led the offensive attack with six points (three goals, three assists) while Goodheart found the back of the net three times in the lopsided win.

The Cougars will host Ramapo in the North Jersey, Group 3 quarterfinal round on Tuesday.

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— Jerry Del Priore

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