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Will Johnson Scores 100th Goal as Southern Boys Lacrosse Team Cruises Along

Apr 26, 2017
Photo by: David Biggy Southern Regional senior Will Johnson (23) scored the 100th goal of his stellar career during a 10-2 win over Jackson Memorial on April 18.

Before many of the seniors on the Southern Regional boys lacrosse team took off for Florida and Disney World as part of the school’s senior trip, they had to help the Rams take care of business against Shore Conference Class A South rival Jackson Memorial on April 18. They did, of course, dispatching the Jaguars with a 10-2 drubbing.

During the contest, senior Will Johnson not only scored five goals but also tallied the 100th of his stellar career to help lead a six-goal barrage in the second quarter that broke open the game following a scoreless first quarter. Johnson also recorded an assist. Nick Fontana added four goals and an assist, while senior Kyle Mulrane – who had surpassed the 100-goal mark several weeks ago – scored once and gave away three assists. Senior goaltender Tristan Farina made 12 saves.

Upon returning from the senior trip Johnson and Mulrane combined for nine goals, as the Rams cruised to a 10-0, first-quarter lead and never looked back against Red Bank Regional, burying the Bucs with a 21-1 win. Johnson again scored five times and delivered an assist, while Mulrane hit the net four times and gave away three assists.

Also adding to the offensive onslaught were Cade Johnson, who scored three goals and managed a pair of assists, Fontana, who fired in two goals and passed out five assists, and Ryan Comfort, who scored twice and gave out an assist. Anthony Firmani, Ryan McWhorter, Austin Ogle, Anellio Russo and Nick Stankus each scored once, while Farina and Luke Maul combined for six saves in front of the goal.

With the two victories, the Rams (7-2) have won six straight since starting the season 1-2. Following the wins, Will Johnson had accumulated 36 goals, while Mulrane amd Fontana had tallied 30 and 25, respectively.

Pinelands Freshman

Takes Second in SCT

The Shore Conference girls golf tournament typically isn’t won by freshmen. But the scenario was quite different during play at Jumping Brook Country Club on Monday, April 24, as not only one fantastic freshman from Holmdel won the title but another phenomenal freshman from Pinelands Regional was right behind her.

While Sophia Taverna led the Hornets to their first-ever SCT crown by scoring an 18-hole round of 8-over-par 80, the Wildcats’ Kayla Gutierraz – who so far this season has made an impact with the boys team, since Pinelands doesn’t have a girls squad – shot a 9-over-par 81 to place second. Gutierrez was the only player from Ocean County to crack the top five in a tournament often won by Monmouth County’s best.

Gutierrez has been playing very well the past couple of weeks, which included a nine-hole round of 41 that included a birdie on the 145-yard, par-3 seventh hole, to help lead Pinelands past Brick, 174-235, on April 21. Connor Carney led the Wildcats with a 40, while Austin Carney birdied the 345-yard, par-4 eighth hole en route to a 46, and senior Chris McGrotty, who birdied the 500-yard, par-5 ninth hole, finished with a 47.

As a team, the Wildcats are 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the Shore Conference Class B South division.

Southern Girls Lacrosse

On a Roll

Like the boys, Southern’s girls lacrosse team was on a similar roll heading into last week’s senior trip. With a 6-4 victory over Central Regional, to which the Rams lost a one-goal contest weeks earlier, the girls also had won six straight since starting the season 1-3.

In the latest of their victories on April 18, the Rams scored four times in the second half to knock off the Golden Eagles. Behind another solid effort in goal by Clare McCarthy, who made seven saves, the Southern offense was led by junior Shannon Lytle, who fired in four goals, including the game-winner with 6:18 left to play. Kelly Fontana scored her only goal with 2:33 to go, sealing the victory. Alexis Maul scored the other goal, while senior Lauryn Flynn gave out two assists.

SRHS Tennis Team

Scores First Win

After six straight losses to start the season, the Southern boys tennis team scored its first victory on April 24, bouncing Toms River East, 4-1. With his 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jason Cairone, Southern first-singles player Tommy Franks led a singles sweep, which was helped along by Colton Little’s 6-2, 6-3 win at second singles and Andrew Wohl’s 6-0, 6-2 victory at third singles. The brother tandem of Joe and Jalen Dunwoody scored the other victory for the Rams (1-6), a 6-0, 6-1 win at second doubles.

Prior to the contest against the Raiders, five of Southern’s six losses had been by scores of 3-2. The Rams have not been shut out yet this spring, with the only other loss being a 4-1 downer to Toms River North on April 5.

David Biggy

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