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Don Bosco Prep entered this contest with a scoring average that suggested a license to shoot at will, yet established an early tempo that indicated more of a mandate to shoot only if you definitely will. “Our guys are fast-twitch guys and they want to go to the cage. But we wanted to control the offense and identify where the matchups were going to be. Then we could attack,” Don Bosco Prep head coach Brendan Gorman said. 5/1 - 1:00 PM Boys Lacrosse Final Ridgewood 4 Don Bosco Prep 15Complete Box Score » That the sixth-ranked Ironmen did, connecting on four straight goals in a 3:12 span of the second quarter and controlling both sides of the field over the final three periods to orchestrate a 15-4 upset over No. 4 Ridgewood in an NJILL-Gibbs Division clash Saturday afternoon at Granatell Stadium in Ramsey. Junior middie Brandon Stuart scored four goals and assisted on two, junior attackman Koleton Marquis struck for three goals, three assists, and senior middie Max Thomas added two goals, two assists to pace the offense for Don Bosco Prep (5-0). They helped the Ironmen build a 7-3 lead at the half and carry a 9-3 advantage into the fourth quarter. Want the best in Jersey high school sports? Sign up now for the NJ High School Sports newsletter. Ridgewood (3-1) received two goals each from junior middie John Dunphey and junior attackman Will Messineo. The measured pace with which Don Bosco began the game was like an ominous storm cloud just waiting to bust. But wait it did, attempting only three shots in the first 4:30 of play, yet sinking two of them on attempts from Thomas and Stuart. “Being patient just opens up a whole new aspect of the game, and I don’t think a lot of people even realize that,” Stuart said. “But we can be patient because we know what we can do. Our three attackmen and all of our six middies have spot-on shots and know how and when to shoot the ball.” That was made pretty apparent in the first four games as the Ironmen averaged 13.2 goals, 14.6 over the last three against No. 17 Bridgewater-Raritan, Ramapo and No. 14 Bergen Catholic. But this was a Ridgewood club that had allowed only 16 total goals in its first three outings, and also has built a stout offensive reputation of its own (13.1 gpg.) that should have but did not intimidate Don Bosco Prep’s defense. “They have a solid team. We were just quicker to be on their hands. They couldn’t keep up with our pressure,” junior defenseman Connor Gerlach said. “The idea was just to pressure, pressure them all day; stay on their hands and eat them up.” It looked at first as though Don Bosco’s relatively cautious approach might backfire, when Dunphey scored back-to-back goals off roll dodges against the shortstick late in the first quarter to knot the score at 2-2. The Ironmen then had a goal negated for a crease violation 35 seconds into the second quarter, and watched as seemed to Ridgewood gradually gain momentum. But then the floodgates suddenly opened, starting with an unsettled goal by junior attackman Mason Carfello off a midfield steal and feed from Marquis for a 3-2 Don Bosco lead with 7:28 to go in the half. That was the eighth of 11 turnovers that half for Ridgewood, which paid handsomely several times for its miscues and converted only rarely on its own forced turnovers. Stuart connected off a pass from Thomas with 5:16 to go, and junior attackman Connor Gorman scored in transition just 18 seconds later off a turnover ground ball by senior middie Liam Sayre and a feed from junior Michael Amoruso. Marquis connected 42 seconds after that off a pass by Carfello (who finished with four assists) to put Don Bosco in front, 6-2, with 4:16 remaining. “Every team we’ve played this year has come out with a different defense. We didn’t now what Ridgewood was going to do. And then early in the game we started picking where we thought we could attack,” Brendan Gorman said. At the other end of the field, Ridgewood was discovering the areas it was unable to attack. Don Bosco’s poles were physical, fast and quite defiant whenever the ball moved anywhere near the crease. Senior Kai Dimaculangan finished with six saves in the victory while junior Colin LaForty had 10 for Ridgewood. “We showed patience on both sides of the ball. We were patient in our last game, too,” Gerlach said of that 12-3 win against Bergen Catholic. That was quite an improvement following an 18-9 victory against Ramapo. “Against Ramapo we weren’t as patient,” he said. “But once we were able to calm down and play team defense, we were lights out because we knew where the slides were and we know how to have each other’s back all game.” And should Connor Kehm, Damien Blando, Amoruso or any of Gerlach’s other defensive mates momentarily lose sight of a teammates back, there is always that explosive offense to rely upon. “They just work so well together. They’re just like brothers,” Gerlach said of the offense. “They know each other’s game and they know where everybody is going to be throughout the game.” For a good stretch of the fourth quarter, the general vicinity of goal was where the Ironmen’s offensive guys were going. Messineo cut the deficit to 9-4 for Ridgewood when he scored unassisted 3:30 into the final period, but Stuart responded less than a minute later off a pass from Thomas. Sophomore middie Robert Simone then won the ensuing faceoff, carried it through the box and dunked at the goal for an 11-4 lead with 7:23 to go. “These guys know how to test the defense and see what’s given to them without forcing it,” Brendan Gorman said. “I think you’re going to see a lot more of that. You’re going to see patience early and then we’re going to find our moments where we can go on runs.”...

5/1/2021

ORADELL – Don Bosco made the fiercest rivalry in the state look like a stroll in the park. Mason Carfello scored a hat trick and the top-ranked Ironmen tamed No. 3 Bergen Catholic, 12-3, on Tuesday at Jack McGovern Field. It's the first time in the history of the rivalry that the Ironmen won by at least nine goals. It's the start of what Don Bosco hopes is the greatest season in school history. "We're only four games in right now, but we're definitely feeling good," Johns Hopkins-bound Koleton Marquis said. "I think this is the year that we take it home and prove to everyone what Don Bosco Prep is all about." What Don Bosco showed on Tuesday was a well-oiled machine on offense and precise rotations on defense. Goalie Kai Dimaculangan stopped 11 of 14 shots and defender Connor Kehm held Bergen Catholic star Brenden Kelly without a goal. The Ironman offense broke open the game by scoring eight of the first nine goals, starting with a nifty wraparound by Marquis. Coach Brendan Gorman chalked up his team's instant chemistry to having 12 or 13 players on the same box lacrosse team. "I just love the fact that these boys have an opportunity to play," Gorman said. "To see these guys smile and love every moment, it's a blessing." Don Bosco's Mason Carfello, left, winds up before scoring on Bergen Catholic's goal in the first half of a match on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Oradell. What it means Thus far, Don Bosco (4-0) has lived up to the billing as the preseason No. 1 team. The Ironmen have dismantled three of their six Gibbs opponents, including Northern Highlands on Opening Day and Ramapo last weekend. The big test will come on Saturday when Don Bosco hosts rival Ridgewood in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown. "I told them in the pregame, this could go down as the best Bosco team in history," Gorman said. "We've been living by that. We thrive on not having an opportunity last year. It's a creator's game and it's a gift." Don Bosco now holds a 21-18 series lead in the battle with Bergen Catholic. Until last season, the two schools had met every year since the Crusaders' inception in 1995. Four of the last five meetings have gone to the Ironmen, including an epic state tournament match two years ago. Don Bosco's Max Thomas, left, and Koleton Marquis, right, celebrate Marquis' goal early in the game against Bergen Catholic on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Oradell. Instant connection A Don Bosco team with 11 Division I commits got even deeper with the addition of Carfello. The Pequannock transfer is one of the top returning scorers in the state after supplying 39 goals as a freshman. Carfello closed out the first quarter with a pair of goals, including one off a turnover, to cap a 6-1 Don Bosco run. The junior attacker struck again about a minute into the second by ripping a shot on the man-up. "He's such a great righty to play with," Marquis said. "I never really had a righty. It's great to have someone on the same track and on the same page. We're going to do something special this year." "My first time playing with (Marquis) was in box," Carfello said. "Right away we knew this is going to be it. We say every gameday, duo of the state." Get the Inside the NFC East newsletter in your inbox. All the news and analysis about the Giants, Eagles, Cowboys, & Washington. Delivery: Thurs mszorc@donboscoprep.org Your Email Connor Gorman added a game-high five points on two goals and three assists. Nicholas Muller, Luke Macejka and Kyle Loughlin all chipped in a goal for Bergen Catholic (1-3). Up next ?Don Bosco returns home to face Ridgewood on Saturday afternoon. ?Bergen Catholic looks to regroup on Saturday when it hosts Christian Brothers Academy. Sean Farrell is a high school sports reporter for NorthJersey.com. For full access to live scores, breaking news and analysis from our Varsity Aces team, subscribe today. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter and download our app. Email: farrells@northjersey.com Twitter: @seanfarrell92 ...

4/28/2021

Junior Mason Carfello notched a hat trick along with an assist to help lead Don Bosco Prep, No. 6 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 12-3 win over Bergen Catholic, No. 14 in the NJ.com Top 20, in Oradell. 4/27 - 4:15 PM Boys Lacrosse Final Don Bosco Prep 12 Bergen Catholic 3 Complete Box Score » Junior Connor Gorman collected two goals and three assists while junior Koleton Marquis produced two goals and an assist for Don Bosco Prep (4-0). Senior Max Thomas added two goals and Brandon Stuart, Carter Wilmot and Grant Pallokat each chipped in with a goal....

4/28/2021

There’s simply something magical when it comes to the Sedlak family and Don Bosco Prep ice hockey. The elder Sedlak, Tyler, led Don Bosco to its first ever state title as a senior in the 2018-19 season, scoring the final goal and earning NJ.com Player of the Year honors for that season. The younger Sedlak, Connor, simply did what his older brother did his senior year—lead Don Bosco Prep to a championship, scoring the final goal of the season in the process, and earning NJ.com Player of the Year honors for the 2021 season. Want the best in Jersey high school sports? Sign up now for the NJ High School Sports newsletter. Connor was also named the Gordon Conference regular season MVP, scoring 18 goals and assisting on 10 more while leading Don Bosco to the Gordon Cup and a No. 1 team ranking en route to Team of the Year honors. Six years a Sedlak has donned the Maroon and White of Don Bosco. Between the two brothers, the family has left more than just a mark on the historic program. “Clearly the consummate professionalism of both Connor and Tyler helps us get to where we are,” Don Bosco coach Greg Toskos said. Another similarity between the brothers on the ice? Motivation from past failures. In their respective junior seasons, Don Bosco fell short of a state title by one game. That was more than enough fuel for the siblings to end their scholastic career as champions—Tyler a Gordon and state champion, Connor a Gordon champion with the pandemic stripping away the state tournament this year. Even in a shortened season, Connor and the rest of the Ironmen knew exactly what needed to be done. “I remember getting that text from Toskos,” Sedlak said about the 2021 season being played, “and the first question by another captain was ‘is there a chance to win a ring?’ All the returning guys had the feeling of losing in the state championship...knowing what both sides of the road are like.” The other motivating factor? The relationship that the brothers have forged both on and off the ice. Tyler, currently in Massachusetts playing for the Islanders Hockey Club of the National Collegiate Development Conference, drove back to New Jersey to see his Connor both on senior night and for the Gordon Cup final against Gloucester Catholic. “You always hear about the older brothers and what they do,” Connor said. “My brother and I have a great relationship. It’s been a privilege to play with my brother and it shows the kind of relationship we have that he drove from Massachusetts to watch the game.” Added Toskos, “I think Tyler was in Connor’s ear in a positive way. It takes someone like Tyler Sedlak to come in and talk to the boys about how it’s only two years out but how he would give anything to play in a Bosco uniform again. These guys get it, they understand it. You’re always looking for the next thing but, once you’re out, you don’t realize that playing high school hockey is the most fun you’ll ever have.” Even with the motivation to make the family proud, Connor said that it was difficult to prepare for a season unlike any other. Don Bosco Prep, as well as the entire state, had its fair share of turbulence in the pandemic-shortened season. It’s season-opening game against Bergen Catholic was canceled an hour before the scheduled puck drop with the Ironmen suffering their own shutdown two weeks later. If anything, that only motivated Connor and the rest of the program. It taught them to fight as if every game was their last because, in this year, it very well may have. Yet just as Don Bosco has done throughout the year, it persevered. And leaned on a Sedlak to win a ring. “Don’t take anything for granted,” Connor said about playing this season. “There were times during the season you don’t know when the last game is. So you have to go out like it will be your last. “That was the motivation every game. To be the best we could be and be prepared for whatever came after that.” Andrew Koob can be reached at akoob@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewKoobHS. Like NJ.com High School Sports on Facebook. ...

4/26/2021

Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Clayton Poliey (52) of Don Bosco Prep pitches in the first inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Players line up along the foul lines for the national anthem during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 2 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Players line up along the foul lines for the national anthem during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Passaic Tech's Nazier Mule (2) talks to Devin Genoa (15) during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 3 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Passaic Tech's Nazier Mule (2) talks to Devin Genoa (15) during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Kevin Jaxel (10) of Don Bosco Prep hits a two RBI triple during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 4 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Kevin Jaxel (10) of Don Bosco Prep hits a two RBI triple during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Don Bosco Prep starting pitcher Clayton Poliey throws the first pitch of the game during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 5 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Don Bosco Prep starting pitcher Clayton Poliey throws the first pitch of the game during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Passaic Tech starting pitcher Ramon Cedeno throws in the first inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 6 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Passaic Tech starting pitcher Ramon Cedeno throws in the first inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Eric Becker (22) of Don Bosco Prep rounds third and scores the first run of the game during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 7 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Eric Becker (22) of Don Bosco Prep rounds third and scores the first run of the game during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Nick Semon (2) of Don Bosco Prep pitches in the fifth inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 8 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Nick Semon (2) of Don Bosco Prep pitches in the fifth inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Nick Semon (2) of Don Bosco Prep throws the final pitch of the game in the Ironmen's win during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 9 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Nick Semon (2) of Don Bosco Prep throws the final pitch of the game in the Ironmen's win during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE Zach Stichweh (34) of Don Bosco Prep pitches in the fourth inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 10 / 32 Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Baseball: Don Bosco Prep vs. Passaic Tech, April 21, 2021 Zach Stichweh (34) of Don Bosco Prep pitches in the fourth inning during the baseball game between No. 3 Don Bosco Prep and No. 14 Passaic Tech at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.BUY IMAGE...

4/26/2021

In a battle of NJ.com Top-20 teams, No. 7 Don Bosco Prep got six goals from Mason Carfello and five more from Koleton Marquis in an 18-9 win over No. 14 Ramapo on Saturday in Ramsey. 4/24 - 7:00 PM Boys Lacrosse Final Ramapo 9 Don Bosco Prep 18Complete Box Score » Don Bosco Prep led 17-9 at the half on the way to the win. Connor Gorman added three goals for the Ironmen and Kai Dimaculangan and Coleton Carfello combined for four saves in goal. Now 3-0, Don Bosco Prep will head to No. 10 Bergen Catholic on Tuesday. Ramapo (0-2) will host Pascack Valley on Thursday....

4/26/2021

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