Sean Murray delivered some big goals throughout the season for Morris Knolls/Hills, but none were more meaningful than the four he netted in the NJSIAA Public A final on March 4 at the Prudential Center.
After a scoreless first period Murray netted a pair of goals, Gehrig Eckoff and Jason Kwetsel each followed with tallies to give the second-seeded Golden Eagles a 4-0 lead on their way to a 6-1 victory over top-seeded Hillsborough in the NJSIAA Public A championship. Murray, a senior forward added the final two goals in the third period to finish with four in the contest, and 21 on the season, and Ty Franchi halted 30 shots in the final.
Morris Knolls/Hills (14-9-3) came through with a strong finish, posting a 10-1-2 log over its final 13 matches and became the first co-op squad to claim a state title. Morris Knolls had previously secured state championships in 2005 (Public) and 2014 (Public A).
Despite being denied its first state championship Hillsborough capped a superb season by finishing with a 21-7-1 record. Leading the way for the Raiders was talented junior forward Jude Kurtas), who finished as the state’s leading scorer with 112 points on 57 goals and 55 assists.