JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2022 Girls’ Lacrosse Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2022 Girls’ Lacrosse Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Summit 7 Chatham 6 (OT); June 9, 2022 “Summit would go on to win the 2022 Tournament of Champions, but they had their hands filled in the TOC semifinals only a few days earlier with Chatham. Jane Freeman emerged as the hero in overtime by breaking a 6-6 tie with a golden goal, sending the Hilltoppers to the final.” Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Trinity Hall 17 Rumson-Fair Haven 7; May 17, 2022 “Trinity Hall ended RFH’s nine-year reign in the Shore Conference in 2021 and over 120 straight conference wins. One year later, the other “streak” came to an end as the Monarchs beat the Bulldogs to beat the eight-year run of SCT titles for Rumson.” Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Oak Knoll 9 Summit 6; May 10, 2022 “The second meeting of the season between Oak Knoll and Summit proved to be yet another hard fought battle featuring the two state perennial powerhouses. The Royals hoisted a second consecutive Union County Tournament Title over the Hilltoppers.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Holy Spirit 18 Lower Cape May 17; May 6, 2022 “It was truly a breakthrough season for the Spartans, and this one was a game to remember. After losing to Lower Cape May earlier in the season, Spirit scored 18 goals in the rain to edge the Capers and get their revenge.” James Mooney | South Jersey: Cherokee 16 Moorestown 15; April 23, 2022 “This rematch from the 2021 Tournament of Champions did not disappoint as two of the state’s top programs delivered an instant classic in Marlton. Five different players notched at least a hat trick in this high-scoring affair, setting the stage for Delaney Jackson’s game-winner in double overtime.”
JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2022 Boys’ Lacrosse Season
The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe. So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport. The 2022 Boys’ Lacrosse Season Jay Cook | North Jersey: Mountain Lakes 21 Rumson-Fair Haven 5; June 13, 2022 “Although it was one of the most lopsided games JSZ covered this season, the last TOC final in New Jersey history gave us one great storyline: small schools can win big. Group 1 Mountain Lakes rolled by Rumson-Fair Haven and brought the big trophy home behind a completely dominant effort.” Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Rumson-Fair Haven 9 Summit 5; June 3, 2022 “The Shore Conference is often overshadowed in the lacrosse world but Rumson-Fair Haven changed that narrative with a win over a Summit game that took nearly three days to complete thanks to lightning at the end of the first quarter. RFH would go on to reach the Tournament of Champions final.” Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Scotch-Plains Fanwood 10 Chatham 9; May 28, 2022 “Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s first Boys Lacrosse Sectional Title will live in infamy for years to come. The Raiders remained tied at 9-9 with Chatham in double overtime when a storm would cause a weather delay that led to Matt Power’s golden goal in one of JSZ’s top plays of the year.” Mike Frankel | South Jersey: St. Augustine 6 Delbarton 5; June 1, 2022 “The Hermits have been South Jersey’s top team for years, but were always unable to break through for a state title. That changed this season, as Noah Plenn scored a late goal to help lift St. Augustine to its first championship.” James Mooney | South Jersey: Ocean City 7 Holy Spirit 5; May 17, 2022 “It was a historic night at Stockton University as the Red Raiders earned the inaugural Cape-Atlantic League tournament championship behind a five-point night from Pat Grimley. The win capped off a tremendous night for OC, as the girls team also took home the inaugural CAL tournament title.”
Vote Now for JSZ’s Spring Sports Plays of the Year!
This past spring sports season was the perfect way to close out a busy and exciting 2021-2022 scholastic year for high school sports in the Garden State. Now, it’s time to find out who had the best plays of the spring. Our cameras captured hundreds of games from baseball, softball and lacrosse fields all around the state. With that, comes a countless number of noteworthy plays. So, we need your help! This week, we’ll be asking our audience to vote on four separate categories for JSZ’s 2022 Spring Sports Plays of the Year: boys’ lacrosse goal, girls’ lacrosse goal, web gem and clutch play. Check back each day throughout the week to watch the corresponding video and vote in that respective poll. Jersey Sports Zone’s Spring Sports Plays of the Year is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health Boys’ Lacrosse Goal of the Year *Poll closes Thursday at 1:00 pm* Girls’ Lacrosse Goal of the Year *Poll Closes Friday at 1pm* Web Gem of the Year *Poll Closes Saturday at 1pm* Clutch Play of the Year
The 2021-22 HS Sports Season Comes to a Close
After over 1,000 games and months of boots-on-the-ground reporting, the 2021-2022 high school sports season in New Jersey has come to a close for Jersey Sports Zone. This past scholastic year brought remarkable highs and moments that will live on for years to come. We also saw coaches, players and entire school communities battle through hardships and persevere despite tough times. So, in the best way we know how, we close out the year in our style. Check out the Top 10 Boys Plays of the Year and the Top 10 Girls Plays of the Year. Also, JSZ’s Jay Cook reviews the year in an impactful video essay that spans the highlights of this past year. 2021-22 In The Books: A Video Essay by Jay Cook Top 10 Boys Plays of the Year Top 10 Girls Plays of the Year Jersey Sports Zone is proudly sponsored by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Mountain Lakes Dominates RFH in Historic TOC Lax Finale
Mountain Lakes might be a tiny Group 1 school, but the Lakers proved once more why they are the heavyweights of New Jersey lacrosse. Led by Caz Kotsen, Brandon Goodbar, Cade Schuckman and the Hernando brothers, Mountain Lakes (22-1) dominated Rumson-Fair Haven (22-5) from start to finish to the 2022 Tournament of Champions final in a 21-5 finish. It’s the most goals scored by a team in a TOC title game and was also the most lopsided game in TOC championship game history. The 2022 season marks the end of the Tournament of Champions era in boys lacrosse, and numerous other sports. Mountain Lakes went out with a bang by winning their fourth TOC in school history. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from a record-setting day in Basking Ridge: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Tournament of Champions is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio from Berkshire Hathaway/Fox & Roach Realtors.
The Final Summit: Hilltoppers Capture Last-Ever Girls Lacrosse TOC Title
From the start of the season until June 11, the Hilltoppers were #AllIn. They brought that motto life one more time on the biggest stage of the year. A dominant second half effort, powered by a pair of hat tricks and stellar defense, led Summit (23-2) to a 10-4 win over Oak Knoll (21-5) and to the last-ever Tournament of Champions title in New Jersey state history. Both Lily Spinner and Jane Freeman logged hat tricks for Summit, while the combination of their back line and goalie Caitlin Walsh kept the Royals at bay for nearly the entire second half. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Mount St. Mary Academy in Watchung: Jersey Sports Zone’s Tournament of Champions coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Watch Thursday 6.9 JSZ TOC Girls Lacrosse Highlights
The stage is set for the last Tournament of Champions final ever in state history. Summit and Oak Knoll, two passionate rivals, will meet in the TOC final on Saturday, June 11 for all the marbles. JSZ has full coverage from the two semifinal games, so take a look and see how these two elite programs punched their respective tickets to the final! Summit 7 Chatham 6 (OT) Jane Freeman was the hero on Thursday afternoon. The junior delivered a golden goal with :12 seconds remaining in overtime to send the Hilltoppers to the Tournament of Champions final in thrilling fashion. Summit (22-2) held a 4-2 lead at the half but Chatham (18-5) erased it and closed the gap. Kayleigh Coughlin scored the game-tying goal with :15 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Summit: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Summit and Chatham is made possible by Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston! Oak Knoll 11 Morristown 6 The Royals busted open a 5-5 game by scoring six of the final seven goals in the second half to return to the Tournament of Champions final. Teagan Kocaj and Sophia Laschert each had hat tricks with Darby Campbell reaching the 50-goal mark as part of her two-goal, two-assist effort. Watch all the highlights from a great semifinal in Morristown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Tournament of Champions is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Watch Wednesday 6.8 JSZ TOC Boys Lacrosse Highlights
Wednesday marked the final stop on the road to Mount Olive and JSZ has you covered with action from both boys lacrosse TOC semifinals. Enjoy the highlights! Mountain Lakes 10 St. Augustine 5 | Tournament of Champions Semifinal The Lakers turned in one of their best quarters of the season, outscoring the Hermits 5-1 in the third on their way to clinching a spot in the TOC championship game. Caz Kotsen poured in a game-high five goals and added an assist to lead the way for the Lakers. Reid Teitjen added a hat trick and two assists in the win for Mountain Lakes (21-1). Ryan Demato finished with a goal and an assist in the loss for St. Augustine (16-2). JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Richland: Rumson-Fair Haven 13 Bridgewater-Raritan 8 | Tournament of Champions Semifinal Tommy French scores three straight goals in the span of 2:27 late in the third quarter to give RFH a four-goal cushion as the Bulldogs punched their ticket to the last ever T of C final this Sunday against Mountain Lakes. Cole Cashion also had a hat trick for RFH with Phil Passalaqua, Quinn Staknovits and Christian Bockelmann all scoring two goals. JSZ’s Jay Cook brings you the action from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the boys lacrosse Tournament of Champions is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.
Pettit Leaves His Legacy at Rutgers Prep
Jersey Sports Zone TV profiled the unique two-sport success of Rutgers Prep’s Ryan Pettit. Watch our story on the Division I basketball player who played his last game in lacrosse Ryan Pettit is set to begin his Division I basketball career at Lafayette College but before he put his entire focus on hoops, Pettit closed out his high school lacrosse career at Rutgers Prep with a state title. Pettit had 47 goals and 50 assists for the Argonauts in his secondary sport and finished his three-year lacrosse career with 198 career points. On the basketball court, Pettit was named to JSZ’s All-Zone team after leading the Argonauts to a sectional title and filling up the stat sheet with over 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. But as we found out in our JSZ-TV feature, Pettit brought a whole lot more than statistics to two championship teams: Jersey Sports Zone TV is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health
Watch Saturday 6.4 JSZ Championship Girls Lacrosse Highlights
It’s time to crown girls lacrosse state champions! We’ve got you covered with a pair of games, highlighted by a team’s seventh-straight state title and another’s first ever win. Oak Knoll 11 Pingry 8 | Non-Public A State Final The Royals have seriously established themselves as the gold standard of girls lacrosse in New Jersey. Oak Knoll (19-4) battled through some early struggles to capture their seventh consecutive state championship in a big win over a red-hot Pingry (18-4) squad. Sophomore sensation Sophia Loschert led all scorers with four goals in the win, while senior Devon Gogerty chipped in two more. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Warren Hills Regional High School: Morristown 16 Lenape 12 | Group 4 State Final The Colonials emerged as champions after one of the most wild, back and forth games of the weekend. Morristown (17-3) locked up the first state championship in program history after squandering a big lead to Lenape (17-2), and then fighting to take it back in the second half. Megan O’Brien was the ringleader for Morristown, scoring seven points in the win. Gianna Monaco scored four goals to help Lenape battle back from a six-goal, first half deficit. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Warren Hills Regional High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s state championship coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health!
Rumson-Fair Haven needs three days, huge 4th quarter to win lacrosse state title
In a game that started on Wednesday in Bridgewater-Raritan and ended on Friday in Rumson, the Bulldogs win their second boys lacrosse state championship. JSZ has all the highlights and post-game interviews Rumson-Fair Haven 9 Summit 5 | Group 2 State Championship Cole Cashion scored a last-second goal in the third quarter to tie the game and the Bulldogs got four straight goals in a near-perfect fourth quarter to win Quinn Stankovits scored the go-ahead goal early in the fourth and delivered an empty netter to close out the scoring. Tommy French and Phil Passalaqua also found the net in the fourth quarter. Summit had a 2-0 lead on a pair of Dylan Sebastian goals on Wednesday at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. When the game was suspended due to lightning, the two teams returned on Friday afternoon at Borden Stadium in Rumson. RFH is the top seed in the final Tournament of Champions boys lacrosse tournament. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hathaway/Fox&Roach Realtors Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Summit is brought to you by Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
Watch JSZ Boys Lacrosse State Championship Coverage
Jersey Sports Zone brings you highlights and post-game reaction from all six boys state championship games. We’ve got all the action from Hopewell Valley, Bridgewater-Raritan, and Shore Regional! Saint Augustine 6 Delbarton 5 | Non-Public A State Championship The Hermits captured the first state title in program history, winning a thriller over the Green Wave. Noah Plenn scored the game-winning goal for St. Augustine (16-1) with four minutes remaining in the fourth period. Cornell commit Billy Hughes scored a pair of goals for the Hermits in the victory. Joe Leone scored two goals for Delbarton (15-6) in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Hopewell Valley: Scotch Plains-Fanwood 11 Shawnee 2 | Group 3 State Championship Trailing 1-0 after the first quarter, the Raiders reeled off eleven-straight goals to secure the first state championship in program history. Timmy Paprocki and Sandro Frias finished with hat tricks in the win for Scotch Plains-Fanwood (19-3). Ethan Krauss and Shane Conlon each scored a goal in the loss for Shawnee (16-5). JSZ’s James Mooney has highlights and reaction from Hopewell Valley: Coverage of Scotch Plains-Fanwood is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of Rahway. Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Mountain Lakes 8 Haddonfield 2 | Group 1 State Championship No. 1 Mountain Lakes claimed their fourth straight Group 1 Title with an 8-2 victory over Haddonfield. The Lakers would go ahead 7-1 at halftime following two early goals from Cullen Fagan who also finished with two assists. Mountain Lakes ties a state record with rival Delbarton for State Championships with 16. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Summit 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 0 *Suspended* | Group 2 State Championship Lightning in Bridgewater forced the Summit/RFH Group 2 state final to be postponed until Friday at 5pm in Rumson. JSZ will have highlights and post-game reaction from the final boys lacrosse state championship to be played in 2022. 🚨Lightning Postpones Group 2 Lacrosse State Final 🚨 Summit held a 2-0 lead over Rumson-Fair Haven early in the 2nd quarter when the game was halted for excessive lightning in Bridgewater. The game will resume on Friday, June 3 at RFH with a 5pm start. @ADSummitNJ @rfh_ad pic.twitter.com/O2QRQOk55r— Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) June 2, 2022 Bridgewater-Raritan 8 Southern Regional 6 | Group 4 State Championship Alex Delierre broke a 6-6 tie in the fourth quarter with his second goal of the game as the Panthers scored four straight goals to win the Group 4 state championship. Colin Kurdyla had two goals and three assists for Bridgewater-Raritan. Ryan Sininsky had a hat trick for Southern. He scored back-to-back goals in the third quarter to put the Rams in front 6-4 but the Panthers scored two goals in the final minute of the third and shutout Southern in the final 12 minutes. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from West Long Branch: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is brought to you by Princeton-Orthopaedic Associates Rutgers Prep 11 Montclair Kimberly Academy 4 | Non-Public B State Championship Louis Marius had a career-high five goals and JSZ All-Zone basketball guard Ryan Pettit had two goals and two assists as the Argonauts score the first seven goals of the game on the way to the Non-Public “B” state championship. Rutgers Prep had an 8-1 halftime lead and scored three more goals in the fourth quarter in driving rain at Shore Regional. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights in West Long Branch: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the NJSIAA boys lacrosse state championships is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Team USA’s Douty Leaving Her Mark as Player and Mentor
Fair Haven native Megan Douty is not only one of the best in the world as a player, but she’s also molding the next generation of lacrosse stars on the Jersey Shore. Watch our JSZ-TV feature on the Team USA defender! Megan Douty is set to compete for Team USA in her second World Lacrosse Championships in late June in Maryland. The former Rumson-Fair Haven standout has won two national championships at the University of Maryland and was named to the All-World team after the United States won the 2017 world championship. In the midst of playing at the top level of the sport, Douty and Alex Marino co-founded All Lax, molding the next generation of girls lacrosse. The duo has made a huge impact in Monmouth County with their first two travel teams generating a long list of Division I commitments and signings. Paige Nolan (UPenn) and Mary Kate Allingham (Mount St. Mary’s) are two of the key pieces of Shore Conference champion Trinity Hall. Paige Kelly of Red Bank Regional is one of the highest-profile recruits in New Jersey after committing to the University of North Carolina. Douty’s alma mater Rumson-Fair Haven has become a consistent state power. Jackie Braceland (Army) is one of a number of RFH players playing for All Lax and Manasquan’s sectional final team features Phoebe Matuch (Holy Cross) and goalie Quinn McCarthy (Albany). For some of the Shore’s top players, the opportunity to work with one of the best players in the world is having a profound effect. Watch JSZ’s feature on Megan Douty and see how she juggles playing and coaching: Douty and Team USA begin pool play at Towson on June 29th against Canada. The schedule is here. The schedule is here. The schedule is here.This is actually happening. @WorldLax2022 just dropped the full event schedule. See you soon @LacrosseCanada, @LaxScotland, Australia and @englacrosse. Want your group tickets? Buy now: https://t.co/oshK6HRi33 pic.twitter.com/iwF5hu3EpV— U.S. Women's National Team (@USAWLax) April 13, 2022
Watch Saturday 5.28 JSZ Championship Lacrosse Highlights
Plenty of hardware was up for grabs in boys lacrosse on Saturday and JSZ has highlights from three sectional championship games from all around the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! Scotch Plains-Fanwood 10 Chatham 9 | 2 OT North Group 3 Final Scotch Plains-Fanwood claimed their first North, Group 3 Championship with a 10-9 double overtime win over Chatham. SPF with a two goal lead in final minute of regulation saw the game tied in the final 38 seconds. The second overtime period would be stopped for about an hour due to a weather delay. Senior Matt Power sank his second goal of the game to deliver the Raider’s their first Sectional Title in program history as Mikey Kloepfer finished with 4 goals and an assist. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (Rahway) for sponsoring our Scotch Plains-Fanwood coverage. Thank you to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center for sponsoring our Chatham coverage. Summit 10 West Essex 6 | North Group 2 Final The Hilltoppers rode great goaltending and a standout performance from their star senior to the programs fifth consecutive sectional title. Dylan Sebastian tied a career-high with four goals, along with three assists, to pace the offense. Summit (16-2) also got a 14-save day from their goalie, Will Kein. West Essex (18-3), playing in its first ever sectional title game, was led by Jack Massotto and his four points. Summit will now prepare to face Rumson-Fair Haven in the Group 2 state championship next week – it’s a rematch of last year’s final won by Summit, 9-6. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Tatlock Field in Summit. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Summit is brought to you by Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Southern 7 Lenape 4 | SJ Group 4 Final The top-seeded Rams pulled away late in a tightly contested title game to bring home a second-straight sectional crown. Merrimack commit Jack Kolbe and Eastern commit Zack Washco each finished with two goals and an assist in the win for Southern (16-3). Luke Birney netted a pair of goals in the loss for Lenape (9-9). Southern will face North champion Bridgewater-Raritan for the Group 4 state title next week. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction: JSZ’s playoff lacrosse coverage is brought to you in part by OceanFirst Bank.
RFH wins second straight sectional boys lax title
Rumson-Fair Haven won its second consecutive South Group 2 boys lacrosse championship after a win over Shore Conference rival Manasquan. Watch all the action! Rumson-Fair Haven 17 Manasquan 6 | South Group 2 Boys Final Tommy French had three goals and three assists and seven different Bulldogs had multiple goals to give Rumson-Fair Haven a second straight section title and a spot in the Group 2 state championship game. After taking a 3-2 lead at the end of one quarter, RFH scored 11 straight goals on the way to a convincing win. Quinn Stankovits and Christian Bockelmann had hat tricks for the Bulldogs who improve to 20-4 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hathaway, Fox&Roach Realtors
Webber scores four to lead Trinity Hall into state semifinal
Bucknell commit CC Webber had a spectacular behind-the-back goal to lead Trinity Hall into the Non-Public “A” state semifinals. Watch the must-see goal and the highlights of the Monarchs win over IHA Trinity Hall 16 Immaculate Heart Academy 11 | Non-Public “A” Quarterfinal CC Webber had four goals and two assists and Alex Popham had a six-point game with a goal and five assists to give Trinity Hall a spot in the Non-Public “A” final four. The Monarchs jumped out to an 11-5 halftime lead and Webber opened the second half with an awesome behind-the-back goal. Trinity Hall will face 2nd seed Pingry next Tuesday in the state semifinals looking to avenge a 17-14 loss to Big Blue in the regular season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone’s state playoff lacrosse highlights is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health
Watch Wednesday 5.25 JSZ Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
Public sectional semifinal action on the boys side and JSZ was all around the state, capturing highlights from five games! Check back throughout the night as the highlights are posted. Hunterdon Central 8 Westfield 7 (OT) | Group 4 North Semifinal The phrase “instant classic” gets tossed around regularly – but there’s no question that’s what this game was. Dylan Johnson hit a remarkable golden goal from his knees to send the Red Devils back to a sectional title game for the second straight year. Johnson led Hunterdon Central (18-0) with three goals on the day. Westfield (11-7) fought back numerous times in this game to get it to overtime. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from a legitimate Game of the Year nominee in Flemington: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hunterdon Central is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University hospital in Somerville. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Senator Jon Bramnick. Scotch Plains-Fanwood 10 Randolph 8 | Group 3 North Semifinal Scotch Plains-Fanwood defeated Randolph 10-8 to reach the program’s first Sectional Final. After SPF opened with a score, Randolph with three straight goals went ahead 3-1. However, the Raiders would retake the lead and entered halftime up 8-6. Scotch Plains-Fanwood would hold onto a two goal advantage for the duration of the game. Jake Monroy finished with four goals for SPF. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (Rahway) for sponsoring our Scotch Plains-Fanwood coverage. Southern 12 Howell 4 | Group 4 South Semifinal The Rams raced out to a 4-0 lead after the first period and never looked back. NJIT commit Ryan Sininsky and Jake Washco paced top-seeded Southern (15-3) with three goals each in the win. Vinny Burns scored two goals for the fifth-seeded Rebels (14-7) in the loss. Southern will now face third-seeded Lenape for the sectional crown this weekend. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Manahawkin: JSZ’s playoff lacrosse coverage is made possible in part by OceanFirst Bank. Manasquan 7 Wall 6 | Group 2 South Semifinal Robert Pendergist’s goal with 1:10 remaining was the game-winner that allowed the Warriors to avenge a Shore Conference Tournament loss to Wall and earn a spot in the Group 2 South championship game against Rumson-Fair Haven. Pendergist had missed three games with a shoulder injury and entered the game in the second half. James Farinacci had three goals to lead the Warriors and Robert Parazzo, who also returned from injury, had the game-tying goal in the fourth quarter. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from an awesome All-Shore state playoff matchup: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Wall is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center Haddonfield 11 Shore Regional 6 | Group 1 South Semifinal Trailing 4-3 at halftime, the Bulldogs surged in the second half to avenge its loss to the Blue Devils a year ago and punch its ticket to the sectional finals. Delaware commit Finn Morgan tallied three goals and three assists as Haddonfield outscored Shore 8-2 in the second half. Blaise Coley, Ryan Ward, Marcus DeVita, and Asher Conrey each scored a pair of goals in the win for Haddonfield (13-3). Sam Madalone scored two goals in the loss for Shore Regional (12-4). Haddonfield will face top-seed Caldwell in the Group 1 South final on Saturday. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Shore Regional is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center.
OC Advances to Sectional Semifinals
Ocean City 13 Brick Memorial 5 | Boys Group 3 South Quarterfinal The Red Raiders are the defending Group 3 South champions, and Ocean City is making another deep playoff push this spring. Jack Davis scored four goals, while Tommy Schutta found the net three times to lead the third-seeded Raiders (12-7) past the sixth-seeded Mustangs (13-5). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from a foggy Carey Stadium: JSZ’s coverage of Brick Memorial is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank.
Caseys snap four-game skid, open state playoffs with convincing win
Sophomore Jackson Lu led the scoring attack in RBC’s opening round win against Eastern Christian. Check out all the highlights from Red Bank! Red Bank Catholic 18 Eastern Christian 3 | Non-Public “B” Boys First Round Sophomore Jackson Lu had a career-high seven-point game with four goals and three assists and Torin Harmon had a four-goal, five-point game to reach 100 points for the season as the Caseys cruised into the Non-Public “B” quarterfinals and a matchup with Holy Spirit in the next round. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Red Bank: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch
Watch JSZ 5.17 Lacrosse Highlights
It’s a championship Tuesday around the state. JSZ brings you highlights of the CAL Boys championship in South Jersey along with the Shore Conference boys and girls finals from Monmouth University. Check out all the action! Ocean City 7 Holy Spirit 5 | CAL Tournament Boys Championship Tied at four at the halftime, the Red Raiders pulled away in the second half to bring home the inaugural CAL Tournament championship. Pat Grimley turned in a five-point night with two goals and three assists in the win. Jack Davis and Tommy Schutta each scored a pair of goals for Ocean City (10-7). Stanley Marczyk netted two goals in the loss for Holy Spirit (12-3). JSZ’s James Mooney has highlights and reaction from Stockton University: Jersey Sports Zone’s Cape Atlantic League Tournament coverage is brought to you by OceanFirst Bank Rumson-Fair Haven 12 Wall 7 | Shore Conference Boys Championship An impressive second half outburst was the reason why the Bulldogs are back to back Shore Conference champions. Rumson Fair Haven (16-4) went into the half tied 4-4 with Wall (15-3) and then proceeded to take over the game after intermission. Tommy French led that charge and finished with three goals and a pair of assists in the win. RFH has now won eight Shore Conference lacrosse championships. JSZ’s Jay Cook has highlights from Monmouth University: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Mario Venancio of Berkshire Hathaway, Fox & Roach Realtors Trinity Hall 17 Rumson-Fair Haven 7 | Shore Conference Girls Championship Mary Kate Allingham had four goals and three assists against her former team and three other Monarchs scored hat tricks to give Trinity Hall the school’s first-ever Shore Conference girls lacrosse title. Last year, Trinity ended RFH’s 129-game Shore Conference winning streak in the regular season before losing to RFH in the Shore finals and in the Tournament of Champions One year later, the Monarchs end the eight-year reign of the Bulldogs in the SCT. Peyton McGuire, Alex Popham and Paige Nolan all had three-goal games in the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Monmouth University: Jersey Sports Zone’s Shore Conference Lacrosse coverage is brought to you by Monmouth Medical Center
The “Marquis” Element: How Koleton Marquis’ Native Roots Have Shaped NJ’s Top Team
When you watch Koleton Marquis play the game he loves, it’s almost like it’s in his blood or a part of his DNA. The fact is, that’s not too far from the truth. Marquis is from the Kahnawake native reserve in Quebec, Canada. He came to Don Bosco Prep to play high school lacrosse and made memories immediately as a freshman. He’s since blossomed into one of the best players in New Jersey and one of the more dynamic players in the entire country. Don Bosco head coach Brendan Gorman said the Ironmen adopted Marquis’ Iroquois roots and heritage into their No. 1 state ranked program. By the way the last two seasons have progressed, it certainly seems like it’s worked out for the best. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the profile:
Spirited Second Half Comeback Lifts Pingry to Somerset County Title
Trailing by four goals at halftime of the Somerset County Tournament championship game, the Big Blue took a collective deep breath. Then, they turned up the pressure. Pingry (11-3) erased that deficit and climbed out of the hole to rally and win their first SCT title since 2006 with a 10-7 win over Bridgewater-Raritan (12-3). Duke commit Luke Engelke – a FOGO committed to Duke – was arguably the best player on the field. He won 17 of 21 face-offs and gave Pingry a distinct possession advantage late in the game. Pingry’s Ryan Palmer, committed to Rutgers, led all scorers with four goals in the game. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from the Nap Torpey Complex in Bridgewater: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Pingry is brought to you by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville. Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Lawrenceville Brings Home Fourth Straight Mercer Title
Lawrenceville 16 Allentown 9 | Mercer County Final | Girls Lawrenceville captured a fourth consecutive Mercer County Tournament Title with a 16-9 victory over Allentown. Big Red led 9-5 at halftime following a first half hat trick from Bucknell commit Bella Koch, she finished with four goals while sister Lexie had three goals and two assists. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Allentown and Lawrenceville coverage.
Watch Thursday 5.12 JSZ County Championship Lacrosse Highlights
Various conferences around the state continue to crown champions as the lacrosse season rolls along. We’ve got two more finals for you to close out a busy week. Stay tuned! Monroe 7 St. Joseph (Met.) 5 | GMC Tournament Final Monroe lead from wire-to-wire and brought their A game to win the program’s fourth consecutive county championship. Collin Dominguez had a hat trick, Christian Updale notched three points and Anthony Cioffi’s 14 saves headlined the day for Monroe (10-6), who avenged a regular season loss to St. Joseph (9-8) in the title game. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and reaction from Old Bridge: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Monroe is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Jersey Sports Zone’ coverage of St. Joseph (Met.) is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health The Hun School 13 Hopewell Valley 10 | Mercer County Tournament Final Hun defeated Princeton 13-10 to capture the program’s first ever Mercer County Tournament Title. The Bulldogs got out to a 7-4 lead at halftime, but Hun stormed back to jump in front 10-9 entering the fourth. Sophomore Daniel Cano ended the evening with five goals and two assists. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hun and Hopewell Valley coverage.