Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ridgewood Rocks

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ridgewood Rocks

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RIDGEWOOD -- The piece of white tape featuring faded black marker wrapped around the bottom of his helmet means everything to Dylan Peabody.

The initials "NJD" are written across the top. The nickname "Storm" is etched just below.

It serves as a meaningful tribute, a daily reminder, to the Ridgewood lacrosse attacker's grandfather, Norman Joseph Delaney, who died in March.

There has not been a game that has gone by this season that Peabody hasn't thought of him. Not one where he hasn't "played for him."

And Thursday, in the Bergen County tournament semifinals against two-time defending champion Bergen Catholic, no one would have been prouder of Peabody.

In what he said was the best game of his Ridgewood career -- considering the opponent and the stage -- Peabody struck for four goals and one assist to propel the top-seeded Maroons past fourth- seeded Bergen Catholic, 11-9. Ridgewood advanced to Saturday's final, where it will meet No. 2 Northern Highlands.

"Every game we go into the locker room before the game and get our minds right, and that's when I like to sit down and think of him," Peabody said, visibly getting emotional. "And I know he was out there with me today. He was probably the strongest person I have ever met in my entire life.

"Every game I've played this season has been for him."

Living up to his grandfather's nickname -- originally designated by his grandchildren, playfully, as "Stormin' Norman -- Peabody created a storm of his own beginning in the second quarter Thursday.

Trailing, 6-3, Kevin Mollihan sparked an eventual 5-0 Ridgewood run with two of his four goals to pull the Maroons within one. Then Peabody took over.

The former midfielder turned attackman scored the Maroons' next four goals. Each produced louder roars from a large and boisterous home crowd.

Mollihan and Peabody helped turn a 6-3 deficit into an 8-6 advantage, thus changing the complexion of the game.

"Dylan's got such a smooth way of playing and has a great feel for being inside," said Ridgewood coach Mike Pounds, whose team improved to 13-0 after its second victory over Bergen Catholic this season. …

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