Sports Roundup

Southern Regional Boys Lacrosse Advances in Conference Tournament

May 07, 2018
Photo by: David Biggy Ryan McWhorter and the Southern Regional boys lacrosse team advanced to the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals with a 6-4 victory over Ocean Township on May 8.

A solid defensive game in lacrosse is vital to the success for any team, and the same has held true for the Southern Regional boys lacrosse squad so far this season. Through 13 games, the Rams have allowed more than six goals just once (an 8-6 loss to non-Shore Conference rival Mainland Regional several weeks ago).

Otherwise, the Rams’ defense has been lights out. It was on May 5 when they ousted division rival Toms River North, 11-3, in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament. On Tuesday, May 8, third-seeded Southern followed with a 6-4, comeback victory over 11th-seeded Ocean Township to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.

Against the Mariners, the Rams took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, added a pair of goals in the second to take a 5-2 margin into halftime, and then scored three each in the third and fourth quarters to seal the victory. Luke Maul recorded 10 saves in goal to help secure the Rams’ 11th win of the season. Ryan McWhorter led the offensive charge with four goals and a pair of assists, while Aniello Russo tallied three goals and two assists, and Cade Johnson added a couple of goals.

On May 2, during a 12-4 win over Class A South foe Brick Township, the Rams fired in four goals in the first quarter and never looked back. Maul made 18 saves, while McWhorter and Johnson tossed in five and four goals, respectively, and Russo added two goals. Ajani Steverson had the Rams’ other goal.

In a 15-6 victory over Egg Harbor on April 30, the Rams took a 9-0 lead into halftime. Johnson was the big gun on offense, recording five goals and an assist, while McWhorter and Russo each scored once and handed out five assists. Steverson fired in three goals, and Ryan Comfort and Nick Stankus each hit the back of the net for two.

Southern Girls Lacrosse
Falls in SCT

For years, Monmouth County girls lacrosse teams have ruled the Shore Conference Tournament. On May 5, Southern saw first-hand the strength of one of those Monmouth County teams, dropping a 14-3 contest to fifth-seeded Ocean Township in the first round of the SCT.

With Southern trailing 6-2 after the first half, the Spartans tallied eight more goals in the second half to cruise to victory and advance to the quarterfinals. Holly Yannacone scored twice for the Rams, while teammate Alex Mattner added the other goal. Madison Caputo managed nine saves in goal for Southern.

Two days earlier, the Rams (8-5) scored five times in the first half and added six in the second as they bounced Shore Conference Class A South rival Toms River North, 11-6. Regular goalie Noelle Englebert had five saves to help Southern score the win, while Colleen Mason registered three goals and an assist. Erika Barbera and Grace Cartagena each scored twice, while Yannacone added a goal and three assists.

Pinelands, Southern Golfers
Keep on Winning

The Pinelands Regional golf team hadn’t played in more than a week when it took the links against Shore Conference Class B South rival Barnegat on May 7. However, the layoff didn’t seem to matter too much, as the Wildcats continued their winning streak with a 189-202 victory, remaining undefeated at 9-0.

Connor Carney led the way with a 41, while Austin Connor arrived to the clubhouse with a 47 and Kayla Gutierrez with a 48. Ben DeFiglio was the Wildcats’ fourth scorer to the team card with a 53. Peter Toth led Barnegat (7-4) with a 46, followed by Maxwell Lares’ 49.

Meanwhile, Southern Regional (14-1) continues to blaze its way to victories, the latest a big, 159-167 win over Shore Conference Class A South rival Brick Memorial to keep pace with Toms River North atop the division. During Monday’s win, Nick Campanelli led the Rams with a stellar 35, while Chris D’Alessandro and Caleb Rossi each recorded a 40, and Ethan Leming posted a 44.

Last week, Southern scored four victories, starting with a 174-212 win over Toms River South on April 30, during which D’Alessandro scored a 40, Campanelli tallied a 42 and Rossi delivered a 44. During an impressive 167-172 victory over non-conference foe Williamstown, D’Alessandro fired a 37, while Campanelli followed with a 42, and Rossi and Leming each carded a 44.

On May 2, the Rams knocked out Lacey, 177-217, as D’Alessandro and Campanelli each led the way with a 43, Stephen Oakes contributed a 44 and Peter Fabian fired a 47. In a 159-212 victory over Manchester on May 3, Rossi registered an outstanding round of 34, while D’Alessandro wasn’t far behind with a 38 and Fabian delivered a 41.

David Biggy

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