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Barnegat Girls Lacrosse Team Scores First-Round Victory in State Tourney

May 16, 2018
Photo by: David Biggy Barnegat’s Maddie Santorelli led the offense with three goals and three assists during a 16-6 win over Oakcrest on May 14, as the Bengals advanced to the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II tournament.

Without question, the Barnegat girls lacrosse program has turned a corner and now can be considered an up-and-comer in terms of being a consistently viable squad for years to come. The proof of that came on Monday, May 14, when coach Lyndsey Torre’s Bengals squashed Oakcrest, 16-6, in the first round of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II tournament.

The victory sent the fifth-seeded Bengals (12-5) on to the quarterfinals to meet fourth-seeded West Deptford. Another win likely would put them against top-seeded Haddonfield in the semifinals.

During the lopsided win on Monday, Barnegat took a 10-4 lead into the second half, then poured on six more goals to seal the victory. Maddie Santorelli led the offense with three goals and three assists, while Kyla Rauch fired in a pair of goals and handed out two assists, and Madeline Schleicher scored three times, as did Alexis Jackson, who added an assist to her point total.

Chloe McGee contributed two goals and one assist, and Kara Ferrigno buried one goal and gave away two assists. Ashley Walter added a goal and Ashley Pringle also scored an assist. Schleicher also snagged a massive 14 ground balls and controlled 10 draws. Goaltender Gabby Furrule made six saves along the way.

Leading up to the state tournament, Barnegat scored back-to-back wins – 17-9 over Donovan Catholic and 11-7 over Long Branch – on May 8 and 9.

Southern Girls Fall
In State Tournament

Unfortunately, the Southern Regional girls lacrosse team plays in one of the toughest sections of the state, and that was evident on May 14, when the Rams (9-7) lost a 14-5 contest to Kingsway in the South Jersey Group IV tourney – that loss on the heels of a 14-8 downer to Shore Conference Class A South rival Jackson Memorial on May 11.

Against the ninth-seeded Dragons, the eighth-seeded Rams were hardly in the game, trailing 10-3 by halftime. Kingsway then clamped down on defense for the second half, allowing just one goal against goaltender Lindsey Kilian, who finished with four saves. Rams goalie Noelle Englebert made seven saves, while Colleen Mason scored twice, and Holly Yannacone and Carmella Hall each added one goal. Yannacone also had two assists.

Pinelands Baseball Team
Squeezes into SCT

With a 6-4 victory over Manchester on May 9, the Pinelands Regional baseball team squeezed its way into the Shore Conference Tournament, which was seeded May 14. The Wildcats, who reached the SCT quarterfinals as the 24th seed last year, needed to be a .500 team by Saturday’s qualifying cutoff.

During the contest against the Hawks, the Wildcats (9-9) fell behind 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, but used a five-run top of the third to grab the lead for good, adding another run in the seventh to secure the much-needed victory. Joey Ventresca led the offense by going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, while Billy Crawford went 2-for-3 and Bobby LeFevre swatted a two-run triple in four at-bats.

Anthony Dias started on the hill for Pinelands, working 3-1/3 innings and giving up four runs on four hits and four walks, before Michael Schaffer came on to pitch 1-2/3 of scoreless relief and Ventresca finished up for the save, firing two scoreless innings and allowing just one hit with three strikeouts.

Following the win, Pinelands was awarded the 19th seed for the SCT. The Wildcats immediately will have a tough task playing at No. 14 Toms River East, which happens to be one of the hottest teams in Ocean County after blazing to the final of the Ocean County Tournament as the fifth seed. The Wildcats and Raiders were scheduled to play in the SCT first round on Wednesday, May 16, weather permitting.

More Local Squads
Set to Play in Tourneys

The back end of May always is a lot of fun for high school sports, and a bunch of local teams soon will be playing to live another day in either the NJSIAA sectional or Shore Conference tournaments.

Among those set to play in the Shore Conference Tournament this week are the Pinelands and Southern softball squads, which received the 13th and 14th seeds, respectively, when the tourney was seeded Monday night. The Wildcats (12-8) were scheduled to open up, weather permitting, against 20th-seeded Toms River South on Wednesday, with the winner slated for a second-round clash with fourth-seeded Howell later in the week. The Rams (12-8) were scheduled to take on 19th-seeded Raritan on Wednesday as well, with the winner moving on to face third-seeded Middletown North.

For the South Jersey Group IV tourney, Southern, as the 11th seed, was set to square off against sixth-seeded Cherokee on Thursday, May 17, while the defending South Jersey Group III Wildcats, as the 12th seed, were scheduled to meet fifth-seeded Mainland the same afternoon, and 14th-seeded Barnegat (4-16) was set to meet third-seeded Manchester in the South Jersey Group II first round, also on Thursday.

It’s no surprise, but the Southern boys volleyball team was given the top seed for the Shore Conference Tournament. The Rams (29-4) were slated to play their quarterfinals contest against ninth-seeded Howell on Tuesday, May 15, with the semifinals and finals slated for Thursday, May 17, at Georgian Court University.

In the South Jersey Group IV boys lacrosse tournament, Southern (13-3) – which on Monday captured its sixth straight Shore Conference Class A South division title with a 9-4 win over Toms River East – was awarded the fifth seed and is scheduled to meet 12th-seeded Howell at home on Wednesday, May 16, weather permitting.

David Biggy

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