Watch Wednesday 1.15 JSZ Hockey Highlights
We’ve got Wednesday high school hockey on Jersey Sports Zone. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has Robbinsville hosting Shore Conference foe Wall and Rich Chrampanis has highlights from the Red Bank Armoy and an impressive effort from the Red Bank Regional Bucs Robbinsville 6 Wall 4 Robbinsville picked up their third straight win with a 6-4 victory over Wall. The Ravens were able to take a 4-0 lead after the first period and led 5-1 entering the third. However, Wall would counter with three unanswered goals to cut the lead to one before Robbinsville scored on an empty net. Mitchell Ducalo finished with a hat trick for Robbinsville. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Robbinsville coverage. Red Bank Regional 10 Lacey 0 Gordon Ogden, Sam Almasy and Ethan Cornish all scored two goals and the Bucs matched their win total from last year with their 5th win of the year. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Red Bank Armory: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Regional
Former Devils great Driver builds powerhouse girls hockey program at Morristown-Beard
Bruce Driver had a stellar 15-year NHL career highlighted by a 1995 Stanley Cup win with the New Jersey Devils. That was just the first chapter of the defenseman’s hockey journey. Driver has spent the last 20 years coaching the Morristown-Beard girls hockey program approaching the 300 career win mark. The Crimson has won three straight NJ Prep championships and seven titles in the Women’s Interscholastic League of the Mid-Atlantic in Driver’s tenure. The NJSIAA is having its first girls hockey state championship this March as the sports continues to grow. Driver has been there since the very beginning and is excited to see where New Jersey girls ice hockey is headed. JSZ spoke with Driver and the Morristown-Beard girls after their 5-0 win over Trinity Hall to reach 8-1-1 on the season:
Watch Tuesday 1.14 JSZ Hockey Highlights
JSZ hits the ice yet again on Tuesday bringing you a pair of conference showdowns as the regular season continues along. We’ll have highlights from the always-interesting Delbarton/Don Bosco Prep battle and a Shore Conference tilt between Manasquan and Middletown North. Don Bosco Prep 3 Delbarton 3 Arguably the biggest hockey rivalry in the state of New Jersey renewed once more Tuesday, yet with a result that left both sides clamoring for more. Don Bosco Prep — the reigning Gordon Cup and Non-Public state champs — skated to a 3-3 tie against Delbarton — the team it beat in both of those title games last season. Connor Sedlak, Hunter McGee and William Fortescue all scored for the Ironmen while Chase Pirtle and Ben Conrod lit the lamp for the Green Wave. These two teams will not face each other in the remainder of the regular season but, of course, the Gordon Cup and Non-Public state playoffs still remain. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Aspen Ice in Randolph: Manasquan 4 Middletown North 3 Aidan Wiseman scored a pair of goals and Matt Franzoni had a goal and two assists to help the Warriors avenge last year’s loss to Middletown North in the state playoffs. The Lions stayed in the game despite getting just nine shots on goal. Luke McNamara’s snipe in the third period proved to be the game-winner. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown:
Watch Monday 1.13 JSZ Hockey Highlights
We’ve got another week of hockey! JSZ brings you plenty of puck coverage from rinks in Essex, Mercer and Monmouth counties. Stay tuned with us throughout the night for the highlights! Rumson-Fair Haven 4 Jackson Liberty 0 Ryan Croddick scored a pair of goals as RFH knocks off a 9-win Lions squad on Monday night. RFH scored three goals in the span of 3:45 in the second period to notch the win. The Bulldogs outshot the Lions 30-9. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Red Bank Armory: Hopewell Valley 5 St. Rose 5 St. Rose (6-0-4) had their undefeated season put to the test in Monday’s matchup with 7-4 Hopewell Valley. Following two early goals from Sean Grant, Hopewell battled back to cut the lead to 3-2 in the second period. However, as both teams traded four goals in the final two minutes St. Rose led 5-4 going into the third. With 1:31 left in regulation Roman Vitolo picking up his second score tied the game late and unfortunately there was not enough time for a thrilling conclusion. Michael Boyer also finished with two goals for Hopewell Valley. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hopewell Valley coverage. Westfield 2 Livingston 2 A McInnis Division showdown in the NJIIHL ended in a tie. Both Westfield and Livingston traded in the final 17 minutes of this game as the contest ends in a draw. Dylan Foley and Michael Mumm scored for the Lancers as the Blue Devils got goals from Spencer Brown and Matteo Mancheno. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena in West Orange: JSZ’s coverage of Westfield athletics all year long is brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick.
New Jersey Devils Honor JSZ’s Top December Goals
For the third straight year, the New Jersey Devils are honoring the top goals captured by JSZ cameras. On a night when the Devils upset Tampa Bay to end the Lightning’s 10-game win streak, goals from Hopewell Valley, Randolph and Middletown North were showcased at the Prudential Center. Prior to faceoff, Devils center John Hayden met with JSZ’s top goal scorers outside the locker room and watched the top goals and gave his commentary. Watch a special night for this NJ high school hockey trio at the Rock: Each month, we post the top goals captured by JSZ cameras. The winner of our poll gets one of our 5 spots for the honor from the New Jersey Devils. JSZ and the Devils staff choose the other four top goals. In case you missed it, check out our 10 awesome nominees from December Take Our Poll We’ll honor the top goals from January during the Devils game against the San Jose Sharks on February 20. Thanks against to the New Jersey Devils for connecting with the New Jersey high school hockey community!
Princeton hockey stays perfect!
Princeton 12 Hopewell Valley 4 Princeton remains undefeated in the 2019-2020 season following a dominating 12-4 victory over Hopewell Valley. The Tigers would lead 5-0 after the first period following two early scores from Captain Aiden Trainor. Rocco Salvato would add a pair goals also to help Princeton improve to 9-0-1. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Hopewell Valley coverage.
Catalano’s Hat Trick Gives RFH Big Shore Conference Road Win
It’s Thursday night hockey in Middletown! Jersey Sports Zone has highlights of Rumson-Fair Haven’s 4-1 over Middletown South Rumson-Fair Haven 4 Middletown South 1 Sam Catalano scored three straight goals to break a 1-1 tie as Rumson-Fair Haven bounces back from its first loss of the season with a big road win in Middletown. The Bulldogs are now 5-1 on the season. Ryan Croddick scored the other goal for RFH while Demitri Forand gets the lone goal for Middletown South. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference:
Watch Wednesday 1.8 JSZ Hockey Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone brings you two big showdowns from Wednesday night ice in New Jersey high school hockey. Morristown-Beard continues to be one of NJ’s hottest teams with a nine-game win streak plus we’ve got the much anticipated public school showdown between Summit and Randolph. Morristown-Beard 5 Chatham 2 Nick Vantassell had two goals and an assist and the Crimson had a pair of shorthanded goals on the way to their ninth straight victory. Morristown-Beard scored two goals in the first and built a 4-0 lead in the second period. Vantassell scored the first goal of the game with a snipe from the right circle and closed out the scoring with another deadly shot for a shorthanded goal. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Mennen Arena: Summit 0 Randolph 0 Who doesn’t love a goalie battle?! An empty scoreboard certainly doesn’t tell the entire tale of this matchup between the top two public school teams in New Jersey. Summit net minder Nikita Pryymak looked outstanding and finished with 39 saves — Randolph’ Gavin Einfeldt stopped 17 more as both goalie’s notched shutouts. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction from Aspen Ice in Randolph:
Hughes hat trick keeps St. Joe-Montvale unbeaten on ice
JSZ brings you a ranked showdown from Jersey Shore Arena in Wall. St. Joe-Montvale remains unbeaten thanks to a flurry of second period goals to spark a 6-2 win over St. John Vianney St. Joe-Montvale 6 St. John Vianney 2 Justin Hughes scored three times and the Green Knights scored three goals in the span of 1:02 in the second period to take control of the game and keep its unbeaten streak alive. St. John Vianney led 1-0 after one period and took a 2-1 lead early in the second before the Green Knights scored its flurry of goals to take a 4-2 lead after two periods. Hughes scored his third of the game in the opening minute of the 3rd period and Joseph Ianuzzi closed out the scoring. St. Joe’s is now 11-0-1 on the season outscoring their opponents 72-9. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Jersey Shore Arena: Thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics for making our St. Joe-Montvale coverage possible and thanks to St. John Vianney hockey boosters for allowing us to capture the Lancers this winter!
Watch Monday 1.6 JSZ Hockey Highlights
JSZ opens 2020 with some action on the ice! We’ll have you covered with action from Morris County, the CVC plus the Shore Conference as we head into the New Year. Stay tuned for the action! Freehold Boro 2 Rumson-FH 1 Joseph Calecchia turned away 42 shots and the Colonials scored two goals in the span of 10 seconds to score an upset win in Shore Conference play. Sam Catalano gave RFH a 1-0 lead early in the third period. The Colonials responded with goals by Anthony Caruso and Joe Barone. Despite being outshot 43-19, the Colonials were able to hand RFH its first loss of the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Red Bank Armory: Jersey Sports Zone brings you this great moment from the Colonials thanks to the support of Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall Princeton 3 Robbinsville 2 Princeton remains undefeated on the year at 7-0-1 following a close 3-2 comeback win over Robbinsville. The Tigers scored three unanswered goals after falling behind 2-0 after the first period. Stephen Avis, John Zammit and Rocco Salvato each found net for the Tigers, Salvato also added an assist. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Robbinsville coverage. Mountain Lakes 2 Mount Olive 0 Mountain Lakes goaltender Ben Polizzi stopped at 19 shots he faced against the Mount Olive tri-op Monday night as the Lakers (9-0-1) continue their undefeated start to the season. Defenseman Griffin O’Shaughnessy scored in the first period and Cameron Egan converted against an empty net inside the final minute to secure the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Mennen Arena:
Morristown-Beard Wins Eighth Straight in Thriller over SJV
Morristown-Beard has had plenty of tests over it’s seven game win streak after beating top teams like Bergen Catholic and Randolph. The Crimson extended that streak to eight games Friday night after pulling through with a 5-4 win over St. John Vianney in a physical, penalty-filled contest. Cam Fernandez scored the game-winning goal early in the third period after a feed from senior captain Tommy Matthews, who finished with four points (two goals, two assists) in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. John Vianney is brought to you by the SJV Hockey Booster Club.
Watch Thursday 1.2 JSZ Hockey Highlights
JSZ opens 2020 with some action on the ice! We’ll have you covered with action from both the Skyland and Shore conferences as we head into the New Year. Stay tuned for the action! Ridge 2 Pingry 2 A big-time battle of tough Skyland Conference teams ended in a tough-nosed 2-2 tie Thursday night. Ridge held a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, but Pingry battled back to tie it up at the end of the second period. Stellar goaltending from Marcus Fabiunke and Kevin Parnham highlighted a busy third. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Bridgewater: Middletown North 3 Wall 1 Larry Gearl broke a 1-1 tie with a goal right in front of the net in the second period to give Middletown North a Shore Conference win to start 2020. John Miranda had the game-tying goal and Bob Fitzgerald added an empty netter for the Lions (5-5-1). Sean Kiewe had the lone goal for the Crimson Knights. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown Ice World:
Vote now for JSZ’s NJ Devils Goals of the Month for December!
Ten great nominees captured by JSZ cameras. We’re asking for your vote to give New Jersey high school hockey players an incredible experience with the New Jersey Devils. Watch our Top 10 goals from December and cast your vote now! For the third straight year, the New Jersey Devils have partnered with Jersey Sports Zone to honor the best goals from New Jersey high school hockey. We’re asking your vote for the top hockey goal of December captured by JSZ cameras. We have 10 great nominees from all around the state. Our poll stays open through Sunday at 12:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get one of our 5 spots for our plays of the month segment. The other four slots are selected by the Devils and JSZ staff. Our Top 5 goals for December will be honored during the Devils game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Prudential Center on January 12th. Watch some great goals and cast your vote! Take Our Poll The Devils give our Plays of the Month winners an incredible experience. Our top 5 goal scorers from December will meet a Devils player prior to the game against the Lightning on January 12th, followed by dinner and the Top 5 goals played on the world’s largest indoor arena scoreboard during the second intermission. Watch last year’s JSZ video that featured Devils defenseman Damon Severson breaking down the Top 5 goals from December, 2018:
Pope John Lions Pounce to Win Protec Ponds Tourney Game
Pope John knows all too well wins are hard to come by in the Gordon Conference. The Lions, stuck at only a single win so far this season, broke through for a handful of goals Sunday afternoon, topping Bridgewater-Raritan 5-1 in the Protec Ponds Holiday Tournament. Alex Blaszak led the way with two goals in a four-goal, second period outburst. JSZ has the highlights from Somerset: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bridgewater-Raritan athletics is brought to you by the team at Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Gloucester Catholic scores four unanswered goals to top St. Augustine
Gloucester Catholic met St. Augustine in Gordon Conference action. JSZ has the highlights from Gloucester Catholic’s 4-1 win at Hollydell Ice Arena. Gloucester Catholic 4 St. Augustine 1 | Gordon Conference Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Rams reeled off four unanswered goals to storm back and defeat the Hermits. Matthew Frett scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 7:10 left in the second period. Dylan Koski and Jason Player each tallied a goal and two assists in the win. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Sewell: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance
Ironmen clamp down on rival, blank Bergen Catholic 4-0 to close out 2019 in style
Whenever Don Bosco Prep and Bergen Catholic tangle, there’s plenty of excitement. JSZ has the highlights of two of the top teams in New Jersey in front of a packed house at Wayne Ice Vault Don Bosco Prep 4 Bergen Catholic 0 Freshman Sal Guzzo got the scoring started with a steal in the Bergen Zone and a nifty move to light the lamp and the Ironmen outshot the Crusaders 40-15 in a dominating effort on both ends of the ice. Michael Rubin added a power-play goal in the first to give Don Bosco a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Arthur Tsimerman and Hunter McGee closed out the scoring in the third period. Both teams are now 6-2 on the season. Don Bosco picks up its fourth shutout. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Wayne Ice Vault: Thanks to Rothman Orthopaedics for helping provide coverage of Bergen Catholic sports on JSZ
Nicol’s late heroics gives Brick Township wild 8-7 ice win at Freehold Boro
It was a Friday night shootout at Middletown Ice World. Freehold Boro stormed back from four goals down to draw even late in the third period, but Ty Nicol played spoiler in Brick Township’s 8-7 win over the Colonials. JSZ has highlights from one of the wildest games of December! Brick Township 8 Freehold Boro 7 Zach Rozell scored four goals and assisted Ty Nicol on the game-winner with :19 seconds left as the Dragons held off a furious rally from Freehold Boro at Middletown Ice World. Brick Township appeared to be on its way to a rout scoring four straight goals to lead 4-1 at the end of one period and took a 6-2 lead late in the second period. Freehold Boro would score in the final minute of the second period and four more times in the third period to draw even. Nick Ochland scored twice in the third for the Colonials and Joseph Barone’s second goal of the game tied the game at 7-7 with just 1:12 to go. Brick Township answered right back to escape Middletown with a wild win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has all the action: Thanks to Playa Bowls in the Freehold Raceway Mall for allowing us to show highlights and features of Freehold Boro all year long
Mo-Beard Delivers Biggest Upset of Early 2019 Hockey Season
Morristown-Beard and Bergen Catholic were two of the state’s hottest teams coming into their Thursday night tilt in Morristown, and it was the Crimson dealing the Crusaders their first loss of the 2019 season. Seth Kaplan scored two goals, while Cam Fernandez, Hollis Humphries and Tommy Matthews all lit the lamp to lead Mo-Beard in arguably the biggest upset so far in the 2019-2020 N.J. high school hockey season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from Mennen Arena: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic athletics is proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
Watch Wednesday 12.18 JSZ Hockey Highlights
We’ve got Wednesday night ice on JSZ! Saint Joe’s Montvale looks to stay unbeaten on the road at Notre Dame and CBA goes for a third straight win over a ranked opponent when they square off with Shore Conference foe St. John Vianney. Jersey Sports Zone has the highlights of both games posted now! CBA 5 Saint John Vianney 2 Zach Wagnon scored two goals to lead the Colts to a third straight win over a ranked opponent. One day earlier against Delbarton, CBA erupted in the second period and it happened against the Lancers as well. The Colts scored three goals in the span of 1:46 in the second period to improve to 4-1-1. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Jersey Shore Arena: Thanks to the SJV Lancers Hockey Booster Club for supporting our coverage of Saint John Vianney hockey! St. Joe’s (Montvale) 7 Notre Dame 1 St. Joe’s improved to 4-0-1 following a dominating 7-1 victory over Notre Dame, handing the Irish their first loss of the year. Justin Rauch and Logan May each scored twice for the Green Knights. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Rothman Orthopaedics for sponsoring our St. Joe’s coverage. Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage.
Watch Tuesday 12.17 JSZ Hockey Highlights
The hockey highlights keep coming and JSZ has in-depth coverage from three Tuesday night games: CBA vs. Delbarton, St. Rose vs. Middletown South and Princeton vs. Hopewell Valley. Check out all the highlights right now! CBA 5 Delbarton 2 Delbarton’s 11-month unbeaten streak over Gordon Conference foe Christian Brothers Academy has come to an end. CBA was unstoppable Tuesday night as four different goal scorers — Evan Brown (2), Zach Wagnon, Kyle Contessa and Simon Fitzgerald — all lit the lamp in a rousing win for the Colts. Sophomore transfer goaltender John Donohoe stopped 30 of 32 shots in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Aspen Ice in Randolph: Middletown South 4 Saint Rose 4 Michael Volpi capped off a wild five goal third period with a goal on the doorstep to give Middletown South a tie against the new triumverate of Saint Rose, Donovan Catholic and Red Bank Catholic. Sean Grant and Mike Frattaroli had two goals apiece for Saint Rose (4-0-1). Aiden Cavendish had a goal and three assists for Middletown South (3-1-2). Rich Chrampanis has highlights from a great Shore Conference matchup: Princeton 6 Hopewell Valley 3 Princeton picked up its fourth straight win of the 2019-2020 season by defeating Hopewell Valley 6-3. The Tigers were able to take a three goal lead at the end of the first period on back to back goals from Aidan Trainor and Rocco Salvato, both would end the night with a pair of scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Hopewell Valley coverage.
Watch Monday 12.16 JSZ Hockey Highlights
The action continues to heat up on the ice all across the Garden State. Check back throughout the night for all of the highlights showcasing three Gordon Conference teams and a Mercer County showdown. Notre Dame 5 Robbinsville 3 In a matchup of two undefeated Mercer County teams, Notre Dame handed Robbinsville their first loss of the year to remain unbeaten (5-0). Despite trailing by two in the first period, the Irish with three unanswered goals rallied in the second to take a brief lead. As the game sat tied in the third, Carson Skove found net to put ND ahead once again. Skove and Sam Kraus each finished with two scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Notre Dame and Robbinsville coverage. Gloucester Catholic 3 Pope John 0 The Rams bounced back from a Sunday night loss against Don Bosco with a shutout win over the Lions. Chris Liscio stopped all 18 shots he faced in net. Nick Fascia and Matthew Frett both scored for GC, with Tyler Carter adding an empty netter to seal the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Gordon Conference clash: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance. Seton Hall Prep 3 Manasquan 1 After suffering two straight losses to Don Bosco and Portledge (N.Y.) to open the season, Seton Hall Prep got right and won their first game of 2019 against Manasquan of the Shore Conference. Kyle Bishop, Alex Kuhtik and Sal Betro all scored in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Codey Arena in West Orange:
Watch Friday 12.13 JSZ Hockey Highlights
We’re nearing the end of the first week of the hockey season for most high schools teams and different squads around the state are stepping up early. Enjoy our highlights from Hunterdon, Mercer and Monmouth counties! Pingry 5 Hillsborough 2 Since their opening day loss to Middletown South, Pingry has been red hot. The Big Blue have reeled off three straight wins with at least four goals scored in each contest. Peter Korn, Lachlan Gibson, Joe Faccone, Eric Bush and Jared Kordonsky all lit the lamp in a rematch of last year’s Skyland Conference final. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Flemington Ice Arena: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Hopewell Valley 8 West Windsor-Plainsboro 3 Hopewell Valley bounced back from a loss with a dominating 8-3 victory over West Windsor-Plainsboro. The Bulldogs turned a 3-1 lead in the first into 7-3 by the third period. Lucas Gaissert ended the night with a hat trick as Hopewell improves to 3-2. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hopewell Valley and West Windsor-Plainsboro coverage. Marlboro 1 Wall 1 John Spallin’s redirect in the second period kept the Mustangs unbeaten at 2-0-1 on the young season. Sean Kiewe had Wall’s goal in the first period and Marlboro goalie Dmitri Kapranov stepped up with a number of quality saves in the third period. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference:
Watch Thursday 12.12 JSZ Hockey Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone has you covered with a pair of early-season games on the ice! Bergen Catholic 3 St. Augustine 1 The Crusaders moved to (5-0) with a victory on the road over the Hermits. Freshman sensation Aram Minnetian scored a pair of goals to lead the way for BC. Nick Stoebling also scored a goal in the win. Brendan McCaskey made 36 saves in net. Harry Dumas scored the lone goal for St. Augustine in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Gordon Conference clash in Mount Laurel: Coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. Middletown North 8 Jackson Memorial 1 Frank Wendling and freshman Jimmy Mullarney scored two goals apiece as the Loins scored six straight goals in the second and third periods to pull off a dominant victory on home ice. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of Shore Conference hockey:
Watch Wednesday 12.11 JSZ Hockey Highlights
The New Jersey high school hockey season is in full swing and we’ve got a pair of mid-week games for you. Enjoy the coverage! Randolph 6 St. John Vianney 2 After falling short in the Public B state final last season, Randolph has been red hot in 2019. The Rams continued their electric play Monday by securing a blowout win over two-time Egan Cup champions, St. John Vianney. Ben Yurchuk and Matt Rogers each netted a pair of goals while captain Michael Sofia closed the game with a highlight goal. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Aspen Ice in Randolph: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Lancers is brought to you by the St. John Vianney Hockey Boosters Club. Notre Dame 8 Lawrence 5 Notre Dame remains undefeated at 3-0 with their latest 8-5 win over crosstown rival Lawrence. The Irish opened the game with two quick scores before Lawrence countered to eventually tie it at 3 entering halftime. In the second act Notre Dame would begin to pull away as Will Celli finished with three goals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Notre Dame and Lawrence coverage.
Watch Thursday 10.31 JSZ Sectional Championship Field Hockey Highlights
Our cameras were on-hand for two playoff field hockey games around New Jersey. Eastern 8 Kingsway 1 | South Jersey Group 4 Championship The Vikings dominated the Dragons to clinch its 21st consecutive sectional championship. Eastern opened up a 3-0 lead heading into halftime. Tori Griffiths got Kingsway on the board to open the second half but the Vikings cut off the rally with a five-goal explosion to put the game out of reach. Sophomore Ryleigh Heck powered the Vikings offense, racking up four goals and an assist on the afternoon. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from McAleer Stadium: Coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care Shore Regional 4 Point Pleasant Boro 2 | North 2 Group 1 Championship Lily Santi had a hat trick to give her 59 goals for the season as the Blue Devils defend their North 2 Group 1 title with a hard-fought win over a Shore Conference foe. Jordan Carr had two first-half goals to give Point Boro a 2-1 lead at the half. Shore was able to get numerous penalty corners and drew even on a Ryan Malfa goal in the second half. Santi gave Shore a 3-2 lead on a penalty stroke and added one more late. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from West Long Branch: Thanks to Reach Your Potential Training in Tinton Falls for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of the Shore Regional Blue Devils. Shore field hockey is fueled by RYPT!
Middle Township Gets Past Gateway to Open State Field Hockey Playoffs
Middle Twp. 2 Gateway 0 – S.J. Group 1 Quarterfinal Kate Herlihy scored a pair of goals to lead the top-seeded Panthers to victory. Dakota Ludman and Caroline Gallagher picked up the assists. Marti Grassia kept the eighth-seeded Gators in the game, making 19 saves in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Cape May Court House:
Rumson-Fair Haven Advances to SCT Final
Rumson-Fair Haven 1 Southern 0 The third-seeded Bulldogs upset the second-seeded Rams in a Shore Conference Tournament semifinal. Eliana Swell scored the only goal of the game off a penalty corner early in the first half. Ceci Newman earned the shutout in the cage. RFH advances to face Shore in the SCT final on Sunday at Monmouth University. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Manahawkin:
Maguire, McCooey score hat tricks to get RFH field hockey 10th win
JSZ brings you some Monday night field hockey out of the Shore Conference. Rumson-Fair Haven scores a 7-0 win at home over Manasquan to reach the 10-win mark. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights Rumson-Fair Haven 7 Manasquan 0 It was senior night at RFH, but a pair of underclassmen stole the show. Junior Meadow Maguire had three goals and two assists and sophomore Grace Anne McCooey added a hat trick of her own. Maguire, a Princeton commit has two older sisters playing Big Ten lacrosse at Maryland and Iowa. RFH is now 10-4 and will play Wall in the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament.
Salem Has Unfinished Business in South Jersey Group 1
The Rams have been to a sectional final in two of the last three seasons, but Salem is still seeking its first South Jersey title since 1983. Salem’s senior-heavy squad is hoping to finish the job this fall. Elon recruit Josh Johnson is a force on the line and a leader for the Rams. Dashon Bundy and Kaciir Street are a pair of dynamic players who should see plenty of touches for Salem. JSZ’s Mike Frankel catches up with the Rams in our latest installment of Camp Countdown: Salem Rams 2019 Schedule Friday, August 30th – at Pleasantville Saturday, September 7th – vs. Cedar Creek Saturday, September 14th – vs. Schalick Saturday, September 21st – at Burlington City Saturday, October 5th – vs. Overbrook Friday, October 11th – at Glassboro Saturday, October 19th – vs. Audubon Saturday, October 26th – vs. Pennsville Saturday, November 2nd – at Penns Grove Thursday, November 28th – at Woodstown
RFH dominates to win sectional field hockey crown
Rumson-Fair Haven 5 Hackettstown 0 Elena Warner scored two goals and Bridy Molyneaux had a goal and two assists to lead Rumson-Fair Haven to a 5-0 win over Hackettstown and a North 2 Group 2 field hockey sectional championship. The Bulldogs had a 2-0 lead at the half and got a big moment 12 minutes into the second half with Molyneaux executed a perfect low shot off the corner. With a 3-0 advantage, RFH continued the pressure and never looked back. Megan and Katie MacGillis were the other goal scorers for RFH who improves to 19-2 on the season. The Lady Bulldogs advance to the state semifinals and will face West Essex on Tuesday at a neutral site. Watch the highlights from one of New Jersey’s top field hockey programs: Jersey Sports Zone loves to capture championship moments and our sponsors give us that opportunity. Thanks to ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch for supporting the RFH Bulldogs and allowing us to be on the scene for so many great Rumson moments on the field!
Lenape Knocks Off No. 1 Seeded Toms River North, Heads to Sectional Final – Watch Highlights
Lenape – 3 Toms River North – 1 4th Seeded Lenape High School made the trip to Toms River North to play the No. 1 seeded Lady Mariners in the Central Jersey Group-4 Semi Finals. Lenape used a team effort of three goals by three different players ( Caroline McKenna, Megan McKenna, and Reese Grogan ) including 2 in the 2nd half, to take down Toms River North 3-1. Lenape advances to the Sectional Final match on Friday where they will take on 3rd seeded Rancocas Valley. Watch Highlights and Post Game reaction from Lenape’s win below! Sponsor Shout Out! Thanks to PEAK Coaching For Success for providing coverage of Toms River North Mariner Athletics! Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
Bridgewater-Raritan Field Hockey will play in their 13th straight Sectional Final
The number one seed, Bridgewater-Raritan, faced the 4th seed, East Brusnwick, in the semifinals of the North 2 Group 4 Field Hockey State Tournament. In the first half, the Panthers lead 4-0 with Maddy Bray providing Bridgewater with a lot of push offensively with an assist and a goal. The Panthers would go on to win 7-0 over the Bears and will play this Sunday in the North 2 Group 4 Championship for the 13th straight year. Check out the highlights JSZ’s Courtney DuPont had of the game: Sponsor Alert!! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Bridgewater-Raritan coverage on Jersey Sports Zone. Because of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates, we’ll get many more great moments from Panther sports all year long!
11th Seed Watchung Hills pulls off field hockey upset in states
First round of the North Section 2, Group 4 FH State Tournament and we have the 11th seed, the Watchung Hills Warriors, at the Hillsborough Raiders. Hillsborough landing the 6th seed this year. The game was an outstanding defensive battle by both teams right down to the last minute in OT where Watching Hills gets a corner after a Hillsborough obstruction. #21 Kaitlyn Gully would score the game winner on that very corner! The Watching Hills Warriors upset the Hillsborough Raiders 2-1 in OT. Great performance by both goalies, Sarah Bruno with 13 saves and Macy Brandwein with 14. Of course the stars today Beecher and Gully of Watchung. I spoke with both girls in post-game: Sponsor Shout Out! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hillsborough coverage on Jersey Sports Zone. Because of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates, we’ll get great moments from Raider sports all year long!
Watch Highlights of Voorhees @ Montgomery Field Hockey
The Montgomery Cougars relied heavily on the performances of their midfielders, sophomore Payton Edward and junior Trisha Pimenta, as they took on the Voorhees Vikings during week one of their season. Last year, the Vikings where 18-3-2 after winning their first sectional title for the first time in 10 years. Lucky for the Vikings, they retained talent as they have Brooke Hyland and Cassie Boyce back on the field as sophomore leaders this season: Sponsor Alert! Big thank you goes out to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Montgomery High School this season. We appreciate your support and know both our viewers and the players we speak with appreciate what you do for the community.
RYPT Signing Day 2015
12 athletes from five different sports who train at Reach Your Potential Training gathered to celebrate signing national letters of intent. Shore Sports Zone interviews every athlete! Reach Your Potential Training has been the secret weapon of many of the Shore Conference’s top athletes and there’s no better evidence than to see the gathering of RYPT athletes who signed national letters of intent. 12 athletes from five different sports and six different high schools came to the RYPT facility to talk with Shore Sports Zone about their college choices. Watch all the interviews below: Shore Regional’s Jessica Welch signs to play field hockey in the Pac 12 for the Stanford Cardinal Shore Regional’s Annie Deusch is staying close to home signing to play Division I field hockey at Monmouth University Shore Regional field hockey goalie Sarah Dwyer signs to play in the ACC for the Boston College Eagles Shore Regional’s Shannon Anfuso is set to play Division III soccer at Springfield College Shore Regional’s Doug Goldsmith signs to play Division I lacrosse for a top 10 power in the Unviersity of Albany Red Bank Catholic’s Brett Habich is bound for Alabany to play Division I lacrosse at Siena Rumson-Fair Haven’s Butch Clark signs to play lacrosse at Pace University Saint John Vianney basketball guard Tina Lebron signs with Caldwell Wall’s Jess Stansfield is switching from indoor volleyball to beach volleyball as she signs with Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Freehold Boro field hockey sisters Katelyn and Jessica Pianko signed with ACC schools. Katelyn is on her way to Wake Forest, Jessica is a Boston College Eagle Wall field hockey star Samantha Sicre is a Hoosier. Sicre signs a national letter of intent to compete at the University of Indiana
RYPT Spotlight: Jessica Welch
Shore Regional junior Jessica Welch has had a banner junior year and she’s already hard at work to get the Blue Devils another field hockey state championship Jessica Welch had an outstanding junior season to lead Shore Regional to a Group 1 State Championship. With 58 goals and 19 assists, Jessica captured a long list of awards starting with Shore Conference player of the year and ending with being named 3rd team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, one of just 48 players across the nation to get the honor. Welch was a clutch performer. She scored the game tying goal late in the second half and the game winner in overtime to give the Blue Devils a Shore Conference semifinal win over Wall and in the Group 1 State Championship, she got the game winner in a 2-1 win over Collingswood. Jessica Welch celebrates a game winning goal against Wall in the Shore Conference semifinals Welch has already given a verbal commitment to play Division I field hockey at Stanford University where she plans to major in biology. “I love the atmosphere and the academics was a plus for me,” Welch said. “I want to study human biology. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse or something in that field. It has always interested me.” Each month, Shore Sports Zone will profile an athlete who trains at RYPT. Reach Your Potential Training has become the home of many of the Shore Conference’s top athletes in numerous sports. A lot of the athletes you see on the highlights on Shore Sports Zone are putting in the hard work in critical training at RYPT to get ready for their season. Coming soon, SSZ will take you inside the RYPT facility and show their elite training methods that are getting kids throughout the Shore Conference college scholarships!
Maguire scores four to pace RFH to T of C win
Watch highlights and post-game reaction of Rumson-Fair Haven beating Shore Regional 6-0 in the field hockey Tournament of Champions from Rider University LAWRENCEVILLE – Madison Maguire scored four goals, highlighted by a first half hat trick, to lead Rumson-Fair Haven to a 6-0 win over Shore Regional in the play-in game of the Tournament of Champions at Rider University. Maguire scored a hat trick in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 halftime lead. Lily Croddick and Abigail Donohue scored in the second half, before Maguire closed out the scoring. RFH advances to a matchup with #1 seed and unbeaten Eastern on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Lawrenceville. The Bulldogs are the Group 2 State Champions with a 24-0-2 record. It was the third meeting between the two Shore Conference state champions. Following a 1-1 tie, RFH ended the Blue Devils 16 year reign as Shore Conference champs with a 2-0 win in Hazlet. Shore Regional, under first year head coach Kelly Koenig, finished with a 21-5-2 record and the Group 1 State Championship.
RYPT Spotlight: Catie Ebner
Rumson-Fair Haven field hockey plays for a Group 2 State Championship on Saturday and a big reason is the anchor of the Lady Bulldogs defense RUMSON – Rumson-Fair Haven’s Catie Ebner had a Wednesday to remember. In the morning, she signed a national letter of intent to play Division I field hockey at Villanova. Later that evening, she assisted on the game winning goal in RFH’s 2-1 win against West Deptford in the Group 2 State Semifinals. Catie Ebner signs a national letter of intent to Villanova University At 6-foot-1, everyone expected Catie to play basketball, but she was drawn to field hockey, where the senior is able to get low and use her big reach advantage to anchor the RFH defense. “She’s unstoppable back there,” RFH field hockey coach Julie Vaccarelli said. “She comes up with huge play after huge play to keep us in games. It’s gonna be huge shoes to fill next year.” To be a Division I athlete, Catie knew she had to put in extra work both on and off the field. It all paid off when she put pen to paper and signed to play in the Big East for Villanova. “It totally symbolizes all the hard work that I put in, all the stresses that came with it, and all the great successes,” Ebner said. “It was a really emotion moment for my parents, for me, and all my coaches.” Rumson-Fair Haven takes on Madison this Saturday at 12 noon at Bordentown High School for the Group 2 State Championship. Each month, Shore Sports Zone will profile an athlete who trains at RYPT. Reach Your Potential Training has become the home of many of the Shore Conference’s top athletes in numerous sports. A lot of the athletes you see on the highlights on Shore Sports Zone are putting in the hard work in critical training at RYPT to get ready for their season. Coming soon, SSZ will take you inside the RYPT facility and show their elite training methods that are getting kids throughout the Shore Conference college scholarships!
RFH advances to Group Final
See highlights of Rumson Fair Haven’s 7-0 win over Manasquan and the rest of the field hockey scoreboard Central Jersey Group 2 Semifinals (1) Rumson-Fair Haven 7 (5) Manasquan 0 (2) Robbinsville 2 (3) Long Branch 1 Robbinsville at Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday North 2 Group 1 Semifinals (2) Shore Regional 4 (3) Bordentown 1 Shore Regional at #1 seed Bernards on Saturday Non-Public North Quarterfinals (3) Morristown-Beard 2 (6) Saint John Vianney 1 Non-Public South Quarterfinals (6) Paul VI 3 (3) Saint Rose 0
Tuesday 11/4 State Playoff Scoreboard
Watch Kim Fetto’s game winner to give 14th seed Manalapan a 2-1 shocker over Freehold Township – we’ve got all the girls soccer state scores plus field hockey GIRLS SOCCER Central Jersey Group 4 (8) Sayreville 2 (9) Jackson Memorial 1 (5) Brick Memorial 1 (12) Old Bridge 0 (14) Manalapan 2 (3) Freehold Township 1 (4) Freehold Boro 2 (13) North Brunswick 0 (11) Howell (6) Hillsbourgh Central Jersey Group 3 (1) Colts Neck 1 (16) Neptune 0 (4) Ocean Township 2 (13) Middletown South 1 (14) Red Bank Regional (3) Hopewell Valley (6) Allentown 1 (11) Brick Township 0 (2) Wall 6 (15) Lawrence 0 Central Jersey Group 2 (4) Holmdel 2 (13) Matawan 1 (14) Delaware Valley 2 (3) Rumson 1 (10) Manasquan 4 (7) Spotswood 0 (2) Governor Livingston 3 (15) Monmouth 0 Central Jersey Group 1 (10) Point Pleasant Beach (7) Burlington City (2) Shore Regional 6 (15) Highland Park 0 North 2 Group 3 (12) Middletown North 2 (5) Summit 0 South Jersey Group 4 (12) Toms River East (5) Shawnee (4) Rancocas Valley 3 (13) Southern 0 (6) Toms River North 2 (11) Cherokee 1 South Jersey Group 3 (8) Central Regional 4 (9) Gloucester Tech 3 (4) Toms River South 2 (13) Mainland 1 South Jersey Group 2 (12) Pinelands 2 (5) Haddonfield 0 (4) Point Pleasant Boro 2 (13) Barnegat 0 Non Public South “A” (4) Red Bank Catholic 2 (13) Camden Catholic 1 (11) Donovan Catholic 4 (6) Gloucester Catholic 2 (7) Saint John Vianney 1 (10) Immaculata 0 (3) Saint Rose – bye Non Public South “B” (7) Mater Dei 3 (10) Saint Joseph’s Hammonton (10) 0 FIELD HOCKEY Central Jersey Group 4 Freehold Township 1 Jackson Memorial 0 Cherokee 1 Freehold Boro 1 (Cherokee advances on strokes) Central Jersey Group 3 Wall 4 Allentown 3 South Jersey Group 4 Southern 1 Washington Township 1 (Southern advances on strokes) South Jersey Group 3 Central vs. Ocean City
Monday State Playoff Scoreboard
See highlights of RFH field hockey’s opening round game plus all the scores from the first day of boys soccer states FIELD HOCKEY STATE TOURNAMENT Central Jersey Group 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 10 Delran 0 Long Branch 3 Ewing 1 North 2 Group 1 Shore Regional 6 Henry Hudson 0 Non-Public North Saint John Vianney 6 Koinonia 0 BOYS SOCCER STATE TOURNAMENT Central Jersey Group 4 (2) Manalapan 7 (15) Freehold Boro 1 (4) Monroe 3 (13) Marlboro 1 (6) Hunterdon Central 2 (13) Colts Neck 1 (9) Freehold Township 1 (8) West Windsor North 0 (7) Brick Memorial 3 (10) Sayreville 1 Central Jersey Group 3 (4) Allentown 3 (13) Jackson Liberty 0 (12) Long Branch 1 (5) Wall 0 (6) Red Bank Regional 2 (11) Northern Burlington 1 (7) New Brunswick 4 (10) Ocean 1 (9) Hopewell Valley 4 (8) Middletown North 1 Central Jersey Group 2 (1) Point Pleasant Boro 3 (16) Raritan 0 (5) Johnson 3 (12) Monmouth Regional 0 (13) Governor Livingston 2 (4) Manasquan (1) (11) Rumson-Fair Haven 3 (6) Carteret 0 (14) Bordentown 2 (3) Matawan 1 (7) Holmdel 6 (10) Robbinsville 2 Central Jersey Group 1 (13) Point Pleasant Beach 4 (4) South Amboy 1 (7) South Hunterdon 2 (10) Asbury Park 1 (1) Shore Regional 5 (16) Highland Park 1 South Jersey Group 4 (1) Rancocas Valley 8 (16) Jackson Memorial 0 (2) Washington Township 6 (15) Toms River East 0 (5) Toms River North 4 (12) Kingsway 0 South Jersey Group 3 (2) Toms River South 3 (15) Highland 0 (14) Seneca 1 (3) Central 1 – Seneca wins on PKs 6-5 (10) Oakcrest 2 (7) Lacey 1 (8) Pinelands 3 (9) Hammonton 0 South Jersey Group 2 (2) Woodstown 3 (15) Barnegat 1 South Non-Public A (10) Red Bank Catholic 3 (7) Donovan Catholic 2 (6) Saint John Vianney 6 (11) Camden Catholic 0 (3) CBA – Bye South Non-Public B (5) Saint Rose 4 (12) St. Joe’s-Hammonton 0 (4) Holy Cross 8 (13) Mater Dei Prep 1
RFH ends Shore’s amazing streak
After 15 years of winning the Shore Conference Tournament, Shore Regional falls to Rumson-Fair Haven 2-0 in the finals at Raritan High School. See both goals and post-game reaction from the Bulldogs HAZLET – Peyton McCauley tallied a pair of first half goals, and the Rumson-Fair Haven defense took care of the rest in a 2-0 win over Shore Regional in the finals of the Shore Conference Tournament at Raritan High School. The Blue Devils had won the last 15 Shore Conference Tournaments. RFH field hockey coach Julie Vacarelli played her high school field hockey at Shore under legendary coach Nancy Williams and won four SCT titles as a player. Both teams will continue in state tournament play. 2nd seeded Shore Regional hosts Henry Hudson in a North Jersey Group 1 Quarterfinal on Monday at 2:00 pm. Rumson-Fair Haven is the top seed in Central Group 2 and will host Delran on Monday.
Shore’s streak still alive
Shore Regional goes for a 16th straight SCT field hockey championship this Saturday after a dramatic 3-2 overtime win against Wall. Check out the highlights and a great interview from Jessica Welch OCEANPORT – Jessica Welch scored the game tying goal with 1:59 to go in the second half and tallied the game winner a minute into overtime to give Shore Regional a 3-2 win over Wall in the semifinals of the Shore Conference Field Hockey Tournament. The Blue Devils have won the last 15 Shore Conference Tournaments, but trailed 1-0 at the half and 2-1 before Welch’s heroics. The second seed earned a trip to the finals to face #1 seed Rumson-Fair Haven. The Bulldogs advanced to the finals with a 2-1 win over Freehold Township. The championship game will be played at 11am on Saturday at Holmdel High School.
RFH moves on to SCT Field Hockey quarters
Emma D’Amelio had two first half goals in the Bulldogs 8-0 win over Holmdel – see the highlights! SCT Field Hockey First Round Scores Rumson-Fair Haven 8 Holmdel 0 Ocean 2 Saint Rose 1 (OT) Freehold Boro 4 Jackson Memorial 0 Freehold Township 2 Long Branch 0 Wednesday First Round Games (15) Point Boro at (2) Shore Regional (10) Middletown South at (7) Central (19) Jackson Liberty at (3) Wall (11) Toms River South at (6) Southern Quarterfinal Matchups (Saturday) Ocean at Rumson-Fair Haven Freehold Township at Freehold Boro
SCT Field Hockey bracket revealed
Shore Regional has won the last 15 Shore Conference Field Hockey Tournaments and is the #2 seed 23 teams qualified for the Shore Conference Field Hockey Tournament. Here is the schedule: Saturday, October 18th – preliminary games Wednesday, October 22nd – 1st round qames Saturday, October 25th – Quarterfinals Wednesday, October 29th – Semifinals Saturday, November 1st – Finals #17 Lacey at #16 Holmdel, winner faces #1 Rumson-Fair Haven #18 Brick Memorial at #15 Point Pleasant Boro, winner faces #2 Shore Regional #19 Jackson Liberty at #14 Saint John Vianney, winner faces #3 Wall #20 Raritan at #13 Jackson Memorial, winner faces #4 Freehold Boro #21 Ranney at #12 Long Branch, winner faces #5 Freehold Township #22 Henry Hudson at #11 Toms River South, winner faces #6 Southern Regional #23 Pinelands at #10 Middletown South, winner faces #7 Central Regional #9 Ocean Township at #8 Saint Rose (1st round matchup)
Shore honors coaching legend Williams
Shore Regional dedicates Nancy Williams Field as the Blue Devils open the field hockey season with a 6-2 win over Middletown North OCEANPORT – After 44 years and over 1600 wins in six different varsity sports, Nancy Williams name will forever be a part of Shore Regional athletics. The legendary coach saw her name go on top of the scoreboard on Saturday morning prior to the start of the 2014 field hockey season. It was field hockey where Williams career statistics are something that even the greatest coaches in sports would be envious of. Nancy Williams Field Hockey Coaching Resume * 839-67-56 lifetime record in 44 seasons * 19 Shore Conference Tournament titles (15 in a row) * 13 overall state championships * 23 Sectional Championships * 43 consecutive Division Championships * 16 All-Americans Williams admitted it would take a big adjustment to life as a fan of Shore Regional field hockey. She watched as the Blue Devils topped Middletown North 6-2 in the season opener.