Dramatic start to cup week

February 19, 2008 on 12:30 am | In analysis | 2 Comments

One of the best weeks of the season, the week of the various ice cups, kicked off with a bang Monday, as six of the 25 scheduled playoff games went to overtime. Cranford, Lakeland, Hunterdon Central, Monsignor Donovan and Montclair Kimberley all won overtime contests to advance to their respective semifinals. All this after Tenafly’s OT win last night.
The Gordon Cup quarterfinals went mostly as planned, with easy wins for this year’s big three of Delbarton, CBA and St. Augustine Prep, while Bergen Catholic won on the road at Bishop Eustace to round out the semifinals.

In the Central Red, Ridge stands out as the lone public school competing with St. Joseph Metuchen, Gloucester Catholic and MKA for the McInnis Cup title.

Cranford and Hunterdon Central pulled out overtime wins over Summit and Johnson, respectively, in closely contested games between local rivals. Watchung Hills and Paul VI also reached the Van Cott Cup semifinals.

Ramapo pulled off an upset with a 4-1 win over Indian Hills in NBIAL Cup play, joining the big three of Fair Lawn, Ramsey and Northern Highlands in Wednesday’s semifinals. You can check out all the NBIAL cup action here.
Brick beat rival Brick Memorial 5-1 in a game surprising not so much for the result as the score; the teams tied 3-3 a week ago, and I did not expect either team to win by four. In the other Shore A first-round game, Wall took heavy favorite Monsignor Donovan to overtime before losing 6-5. Shore B favorite Rumson-Fair Haven advanced to the final with a 6-2 win over Red Bank Regional. Bob Badders has Shore coverage here.
The seeding meeting for the state tournaments is Wednesday afternoon. Can’t wait to see what the public split tourney brings us. Additionally, Wednesday will have a ton of semifinal games that ought to be entertaining.


  1. Mr. Yardley,
    Did I read the at large bids for Public A correctly? Hamilton East, who was 6-11-2 at cutoff and plays in the lower ranked Colonial Valley Conference Patriot Division, received an at large bid and Hunterdon Central, who was 8-9-3 at cutoff and plays in the higher ranked Central White Division, was passed over! I need someone to explain this one to me.
    mr. bill

    JY: Mr. Bill, Hamilton East = Steinert; Hamilton North = Nottingham; Hamilton West = Hamilton. It’s confusing, I know. At-large bids went to Hillsborough, Ramapo and West Essex.

    Comment by mr. bill — 21 February 2008 #

  2. Also, you can be no more than 4 games under .500 to be eligible for an at-large. A 6-11-2 team would not be eligible.

    Comment by Kevin Catlin — 25 February 2008 #

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