Sports Roundup

Southern Regional Boys Lacrosse Squad Captures Fifth Straight Division Crown

By DAVID BIGGY | May 10, 2017
Courtesy of: Southern Regional Athletics The Southern Regional boys lacrosse team captured a fifth straight Shore Conference Class A South championship with its 16-5 victory over Brick on May 3.

The Southern Regional boys lacrosse team really is in a class by itself within the Shore Conference Class A South division, and the Rams proved it again last week. Southern hammered both opponents from Brick Township on back-to-back days and on May 3 captured a fifth straight division championship.

After cruising to a 13-6 win over Brick Memorial on May 2, the Rams came back the next day and crushed Brick, 18-5, jumping out to a 12-2, first-half lead and never looking back. Leading scorer Will Johnson tallied six goals and three assists during the onslaught, while Kyle Mulrane delivered five goals and three assists, and Nick Fontana contributed four goals and five assists. Austin Ogule added two goals, and Dylan Smith scored once. Goaltenders Tristan Farina and Luke Maul combined for six saves.

Against the Mustangs, Southern carried an 8-4 lead into the second half and sealed the victory with four goals during the fourth quarter. Farina finished with 15 saves, while Johnson led the offensive attack with five goals and two assists. Fontana and Anellio Russo each fired in two goals. Mulrane was held to one goal. Fontana also delivered two assists.

Unfortunately, the Rams’ nine-game winning streak came to an abrupt halt on May 6 during the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament, when 14th-seeded St. Rose scored an 8-7 upset victory over third-seeded Southern. The Purple Roses outscored Southern, 2-1, in the second quarter and matched the Rams in each of the other quarters.

The story for St. Rose was goaltender Robbie Brugnoli, who made 25 saves against the high-powered Rams’ offense, which was led by Mulrane’s three goals and two assists. Johnson and Fontana each were contained to one goal and one assist. Ryan McWhorter also scored a goal, as did Smith. Russo provided an assist.

Southern Baseball Squad
Really Lighting It Up

The Southern Regional baseball squad has been busy the past week, but the Rams have been on fire nonetheless, going 4-1 during a five-game stretch, which included a big, 6-4 win over Brick Memorial during the first round of the Ocean County Tournament. Heading into action on May 10, the Rams were 10-5 on the season.

Following the OCT win on May 7, the Rams were back on the diamond May 8 and recorded a 1-0 victory over Brick, during which senior pitcher Pat Barrett fired a gem, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out six. He utilized only 78 pitches for the complete-game victory. Barrett also helped himself at the plate, swatting an RBI double to account for the only run he needed. Joey Robertson and Nolan Watson had the only other hits for the Rams.

Down 4-2 heading into the fifth inning against the Mustangs a day earlier, the third-seeded Rams pulled off the win by scoring four times during the next two innings to advance to the quarterfinals of the OCT, where they await the winner of a first-round contest between sixth-seeded Jackson Liberty and 11th-seeded Point Pleasant Borough.

In the home half of the fifth, Barrett pushed the Rams ahead to stay with a three-run home run. Meanwhile, Nick Simone fired a scoreless 12/3 innings in relief of starter and winning pitcher Zach Fillmore to grab the save. Fillmore went 51/3 innings, scattered eight hits and struck out 10. Robertson went 2-for-4, while Noah Brown delivered a hit and two RBIs. Watson contributed an RBI single as well.

Earlier in the week, Southern scored a pair of one-point victories on May 2 and 3 – first, a 2-1 win over Jackson Memorial, followed by a 4-3 win over Toms River East – but was defeated by division winner Toms River South, 7-3.

Barnegat Girls Track
Scores Victory

Behind solid efforts from several athletes, the Barnegat girls track and field team scored its first victory of the season during an 86-50 win over Lacey. In the tri-meet with Point Pleasant Borough on May 2, the Bengals tied with the Panthers, 70-70.

Leading the way for Barnegat was junior Kylie Picaro, who swiped the top spot in each of the three jumping events. Picaro won the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, 5½ inches, took the first position in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 6 inches, and added a high jump win by clearing 4 feet, 8 inches.

On the track, senior Alexis Pangilinan was the winner in the 100-meter dash with a top time of 12.58 seconds. She also won the 200-meter dash in 28.08 seconds. In the 400-meter dash, senior Nikki Larkin won with a time of 1:03.18. Junior thrower Ginalee Erskine tossed the discus 108 feet, 2 inches for Barnegat’s other event victory.

Pinelands Golfers
Continue to Play Well

Despite a one-stroke loss to Lacey early last week, the Pinelands Regional golf team rebounded to capture two more victories against Shore Conference Class B South opponents, improving to 10-3 on the season.

On May 3, the Wildcats upended Central Regional on a tiebreaker, utilizing the fifth-man card to grab a win following a 184-184 deadlock. The winning card belonged to Ben DeFiglio, who scored a 50 compared to a 52 by Central’s Jason Tymesko. Connor Carney led the way with a 42, while Kayla Gutierrez recorded a 44, and Chris McGrotty, who birdied the par-5, 520-yard first hole, added a 48. Austin Carney also scored a 50.

On May 8, Pinelands routed Barnegat, 172-202, behind Connor Carney’s 40, McGrotty’s 42 and Austin Carney’s 43. Gutierrez was Pinelands’ fourth-lowest scorer at 47.

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