THE MORRIS-SUSSEX HOCKEY REPORT TOP 10
1. Delbarton (2-2)
While playing the brutal schedule it does in the Gordon Conference, Delbarton has experienced highs and lows thus far. It has alternated wins and losses, with losses to Bergen Catholic and reigning Non-Public champion Don Bosco, plus wins over St. Peter’s Prep and Gloucester Catholic.
2. Randolph (4-1, 1-0 Mennen)
It’s hard to find many public school teams that are better than Randolph at this point. The Rams only setback came to Princeton Day, but it has quality wins over Morristown-Beard and state-ranked St. John Vianney to this point already. It has divisional games against Morris Knolls and Chatham this week.
3. Pope John (0-2)
The Lions have yet to get into the win column, with losses to Notre Dame and Bergen Catholic in its first two games. A busy week lies ahead though, as it will have opportunities to pick up wins against Gloucester Catholic, St. Peter’s Prep, and Hunterdon Central.
4. Chatham (2-0-2, 1-0-2 Mennen)
Chatham remains unbeaten through four games, as it has divisional ties with Morristown and Madison, plus an impressive win over Morris Knolls. A game against Randolph on Friday should be a big measuring stick for this team.
5. Morris Knolls-Hills (2-2, 1-1 Mennen)
Morris Knolls is still trying to find its way early on with losses to Ramapo and Chatham, but it does have a big win over Morristown-Beard to its credit. Freshman Elliot Marken has been very strong in between the pipes for Knolls.
6. Morristown-Beard (3-2, 2-2 Mennen)
The Crimson started the year 0-2 with losses to Randolph and Morris Knolls, but it has bounced back nicely with three straight wins over Morristown, Princeton Day, and Madison. In its wins, it has found the back of the net with ease with 24 goals in those three games. It will be tested against St. Joseph of Metuchen, as well as the No. 2 ranked team in the state in Bergen Catholic this week.
7. Madison (3-1-1, 0-1-1 Mennen)
Madison earned a big tie with Chatham on opening night, before claiming two Halvorsen crossover wins over Sparta-Jefferson and Kinnelon, as well as an out-of-conference win over Ridgewood. It suffered its first setback on Saturday though, as it lost 9-5 to Morristown-Beard.
8. Morristown (1-1-1, 0-1-1 Mennen)
Morristown picked up its first win in a wild, 9-6 triumph over Vernon on Thursday. It tied Chatham in its opener but suffered a resounding 7-1 setback to Morristown-Beard. It faces Madison this week as it looks to gain some traction in the Mennen Division.
9. Montville (3-0-1, 2-0-1 Halvorsen)
After a disappointing campaign in its first season in the Halvorsen after moving up from the Haas, Montville has made an early statement by claiming victories over both the Halvorsen Cup champion (Kinnelon) and the regular-season champion (Vernon) in the opening weeks of the season. Senior Danny Scheine has eight goals and three assists to his name thus far. It has two more key divisional games against Roxbury and Sparta-Jefferson this week.
10. Roxbury (2-1-1, 2-0 Halvorsen)
Roxbury has wins over Sparta-Jefferson and Vernon to its credit thus far to put itself firmly in the conversation for the Halvorsen’s best. Senior Nick Hefferle has two hat tricks already this season, and Roxbury will have a battle for first place in the division when it faces Montville this week.