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Southern Upends Kingsway to Reach Lacrosse Sectional Semifinal

By DAVID BIGGY | May 24, 2017
Photo by: David Biggy Southern Regional’s Will Johnson looks to get a shot off in traffic during the Rams’ 10-8 win over Kingsway in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV tournament on May 20.

Throughout his stellar lacrosse career, Southern senior Kyle Mulrane has scored some big goals. One of his biggest occurred on May 20, when he fired in the game winner with 4:16 left as the third-seeded Rams’ boys lacrosse team scored a 10-8 victory over sixth-seeded Kingsway during the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV tournament.

“You never know when your season can come to end, so you have to give it 100 percent until the end,” said Mulrane, who assisted on one of senior Will Johnson’s three goals. “And today all our guys, from freshmen to seniors, gave that kind of effort. The amount of toughness we showed was insane.”

In what was a physical game from the start, the Rams and Dragons played to a 1-1 tie during the first quarter, but Nick Fontana, who also scored three goals, and Johnson staked Southern to a 4-2 halftime lead. With only a Ryan Comfort goal in the third, the Rams’ lead was trimmed to 5-4 by the start of the fourth, but Southern scored five times during the final 12 minutes.

Up 6-5, Southern got a big goal from Dylan Smith with 9:20 to go, before Johnson whipped one in from the left side about two minutes later to make it an 8-5 game. After the Dragons cut the deficit to two, Mulrane buried his only goal, and Fontana made it a 10-6 contest 33 seconds later. Senior goaltender Tristan Farina tallied 17 saves.

On May 17, the Rams squashed 14th-seeded South Brunswick, 13-5, in the first round. Mulrane and Ryan McWhorter each scored four goals, while Fontana fired in three goals and gave away five assists. Farina had 15 saves.

Southern was scheduled to square off against second-seeded Lenape in the semifinals on Wednesday, May 24.

Pinelands Baseball Team
Wins Big in SCT

It’s not often a 24th seed reaches the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament, but the Pinelands Regional baseball team found a way to do it last week.

During a four-run third inning, Tommy Madge delivered a two-run double, while Joey Ventresca also whacked an RBI double and Peter Hammond smacked another RBI hit, as the Wildcats (12-10) upset No. 8 St. Rose in their first-round contest on May 20. Sophomore lefty Noah Dean fired a complete game from the hill, scattering eight hits while walking two and striking out five. Madge and Sean O’Rourke each went 2-for-3.

In a preliminary-round contest on May 17, Ventresca limited No. 9 Manasquan to just one hit through seven innings while walking two and fanning nine, and the Wildcats made use of only four hits in a 1-0 victory. Riley Stephenson delivered the only RBI when he singled in the fifth. Anthony Diaz, Hammond and Madge had the other hits for Pinelands.

The Wildcats were scheduled to take on top-seeded Toms River South, an 11-8 winner over 17th-seeded Jackson Liberty, in the SCT quarterfinals on Wednesday, a day after Pinelands, as the 11th-seed, dropped a 1-0, eight-inning decision against sixth-seeded Mainland in the first round of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II tournament.

Southern Girls Fare Well
At Shore Track Meet

With the NJSIAA sectional track and field meets coming up this weekend, the Southern Regional girls tuned up and fared well during the Shore Conference Championships on May 20. In addition to seven individual, top-six performances, the Rams’ highlight came in the 4x400-meter relay when the team of Sabrina Woodlee, Morgan Koeppen, Rachel Ornstein and Karagan Bulger raced to victory in 4:03.46.

Individually, the Rams were led by Woodlee, who grabbed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.83 and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.15. Taylor Mulch swiped third in the 1,600-meter run in 5:15.34, while Jenna Kulinski took fourth in the javelin with a throw of 114 feet, 2 inches. Emily Furlong ran a 1,600 time of 5:24.52 to place sixth, as did Koeppen in the triple jump with a distance of 34 feet, 9 inches.

The only other local female to finish among the top six was Pinelands Regional junior Carly Jannsch, who placed third in the javelin with a throw of 114 feet, 10 inches.

On the boys’ side, Barnegat senior Gunnar Pearson nearly pulled off a win in the 800, zipping to a time of 1:57.93 and finishing second behind Shore’s Drew Maher by just .04. Meanwhile, Southern’s Joe Guglielmo took second in the javelin with a throw of 170 feet, 2 inches, and Joe Miele grabbed the fifth spot in the discus with a toss of 153 feet, 3 inches.

Girls Lacrosse Squads
Bounced From Tournament

The girls lacrosse seasons ended for all the local squads during the NJSIAA tournament last week, but not before Barnegat reached the quarterfinals of the South Jersey Group II sectional. After knocking off 11th-seeded Pinelands on May 16, the Bengals (8-8) were ousted by third-seeded Lower Cape May, 17-5, on May 19. During the contest, Lexi Quinn scored the last two goals of her fantastic career, while Kara Ferrigno added two goals and Shannon Schiverea scored another.

Against the Wildcats, Quinn reached a milestone, scoring the 100th goal of her career. The captain led the offensive charge with 10 goals, as they advanced to the quarterfinals with a 17-8 win. Chloe McGee added two goals to the onslaught, while Ferrigno, Kyla Rauch, Madelyn Santorelli, Madeline Schleicher (who also scooped up 10 ground balls), and Schiverea each scored once.

Meanwhile, also on May 16, ninth-seeded Southern (12-7) had its season ended during an 11-4 loss to eighth-seeded Williamstown in the first round of the South Jersey Group IV tourney, as the Braves scored eight times in the first half and cruised from there. The Rams’ four goals were scored by Brooke Ciaccio, Kelly Fontana, Shannon Lytle and Colleen Mason. Senior goaltender Clare McCarthy managed seven saves.

Bengals Baseball Team
Advances to Quarters

After tuning up for the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II tournament with a pair of victories, the Barnegat baseball squad traveled to meet sixth-seeded Oakcrest and recorded a 13-9 victory in the first round on Tuesday, May 23. The Bengals improved to 10-15, advancing to the sectional quarterfinals to face third-seeded West Deptford on May 25.

On May 17, Barnegat scored a 6-5 win over Howell, followed by a 5-3 victory over Jackson Memorial on May 18. Against the Jaguars, Justin Diefenbach went the distance on the hill, scattering nine hits while striking out eight. Lukas Torres led the offense with four RBI.

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