Herkimer's Canadians dominate JUCO final at Essex
Monture has "Monster" game
By Joseph Fee
Herkimer CC capped off a perfect 18-0 season by defeating host CCBC Essex 21-10 Sunday in the final of the NJCAA Championships. Stew Monture (Hagersville, Ont.) scored nine goals, Dan Carey (Peterborough, Ont.) had four goals and three assists, and Roger Vyse (Caledonia, Ont.) added two and four. These three Ontario products were responsible for the lion's share of an offensive explosion. All three credited their box lacrosse experience for their success in the field game, as does Eric Hogarth (Bristol, PA), a bright spot for the home team, scoring a pair of goals, hustling for ground balls, and drawing many fouls.
Carey opened the scoring on a couple of carbon copy plays. He cut to the hole and finished Vyse's feeds from behind the cage twice in the first four minutes. Hogarth got things going for Essex by cutting across the middle and firing a dart into the top corner on the run. Essex went a man down midway through the quarter and Carey dodged from behind to complete his early hat trick. Monture got one just sixteen seconds later. Hogarth took his man for a walk behind the cage, lulled him to sleep, and then exploded through the back door. He finished nicely by making a couple of fakes as he was diving across the front of the goal. Joe Trentzsch (Fallston, MD) got one back for Essex but Monture got two more before the end of the quarter to match Carey's hat trick. Herkimer led 6-3 at the break.
Monture started the second quarter scoring with a tremendous behind the back strike that just lit up the crowd. He kept it going with another about five minutes in and got his fifth straight midway through the quarter off a gorgeous behind the back feed from Vyse. A series of fouls had Essex down one man to Herkimer's three and Jeff Rominski (C. Milton Wright) converted the chance for the home side. Bobby Magrin (Fairport, NY) closed out the scoring in the quarter and Herkimer led 10-4 at the half.
Matt Warfield (Fallston, MD) opened the second half scoring for Essex but Monture just kept rolling. Credit Vyse on this one for a beautiful pass to the crease all the way from the midfield wing stripe. Dave Kemp (Webster, NY) finished a cross crease feed from Carey and then turned setup man on Vyse's first goal of the day. Matt Bosse (Fallston, MD) scored a pair of goals and Matt Healy (Harrisburg, PA) followed with another to give Essex hope.
Herkimer was taking a lot of penalties but they were able to kill them off. Then Herkimer got those last three back. The first one was an absolute highlight reel goal from Monture. He snagged a bad cross crease feed by reaching back cross handed in shovel position and just shooting it in from there while on the run. That was just sick. Jamie Ireland (Norwalk, CT) finished Kemp's feed from behind and Vyse fired a rocket in the top corner right off the ensuing face off. Herkimer led 16- 8 to close out the quarter.
Terrence Dorsey (Woodlawn, NJ) got a pair of goals in the first minute of the quarter but that was all Essex could muster. Carey got his fourth and then set up Monture off a fast break. Paul Wehrum wouldn't let his team run it up and pulled his big guns out. Monture would not be able to try for ten. They did get three more goals to break the twenty-mark but that was after Essex took some self-destructing penalties.
When asked about his team's performance Hogarth was blunt. "We didn't set any picks, or really even move off the ball. We didn't get back on defense. We didn't get the ground balls. That's it."
Monture, a Native from the Six Nations reservation near Brantford, Ontario was named the offensive MVP of the tournament but was humble when asked about his spectacular performance. "That's the job, playing on the crease. You're supposed to score." He may have been getting some close in shots but he just couldn't miss. He said that when he first came down to play the field game he didn't know what position he would be best suited for. He credits former Herkimer standout Delby Powless (Rutgers University), who hails from the same reservation, for influencing his decision. When asked if having other Native (Vyse) or Canadian (Carey) players on the team helped make things easier he said, "This is a really tight team to begin with and relationships just deepen in a championship final." Carey echoed those sentiments. "We played together in box lacrosse all star games but now, being on this team, we're good buddies."
May 14, 2003