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Township Honors Harrington on Opening Night

Friday, September 15, 2000

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Washington Township opened its 2000-2001 season honoring former coach Chris Harrington who stepped aside after 4 seasons. In his four years as head coach, Harrington amassed an impressive winning percentage of over 90% and leaves new coach Steve Brown in good shape as Township returns 10 players from last years team that fell one game short of the championship.

After the ceremony, Township began its season with a non-league game against Archbishop Ryan and proved to have too much speed as they won 10-2 in front of a partisan and very loud crowd at Hollydell. Adam Zaccharia scored three goals and Mike Mazzuca added two to pace the Township attack. After Mazzuca scored the only goal of the first period, Township would score five times in the second period to break open the game.

The highlight goal being a short-handed goal by Joe Gori on a crisp pass from Buddy Anderson, Gori faked the goalie and lifted a back-hander into an empty net. Goals by Eric Marano, two by Zaccharia, and Mazzuca's second of the night, gave Township a 6-2 lead heading into the third period. When Nick Martorano intercepted a clearing pass and scored Township's second short-handed goal of the game in the first minute of the third period, that ended any hope of a Ryan comeback. Anderson, Chris Andrews and Zaccharia closed out the scoring for the 10-2 final.

There is no doubt that scoring goals will not be a problem, the big question will once again be goaltending as this will be Coach Brown and his assistants Joe Pelle and John Schauffele toughest challenge.

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