Delbarton’s Kirst Headed to Ivy League
After a breakout junior season with a career-best 66 goals, Delbarton’s top returning goal scorer has committed to Cornell University. No. 61 junior CJ Kirst, A/M, Delbarton (N.J.) / @LeadingEDGEHS committed to @CornellLacrosse. Blowing up for 66G/28A this season, the polished lefty playmaker is a strong candidate to reach five-star status.— Ty Xanders (@tyxanders) July 24, 2019 Kirst was one of New Jersey’s most dynamic goal scorers for the entirety of 2019 — only Manasquan star and Penn State commit Canyon Birch had more goals than Kirst last year. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of C.J. Kirst: He scored hat tricks in 12 different games and shined with a seven-goal game against Summit and his six-goal explosion against Don Bosco Prep powered the Green Wave to yet another Non-Public A state title. Kirst is far from the first New Jersey player to join Cornell University’s lax squad. He’ll join Class of 2019 Under Armour All-Americans Michael Long (Delbarton) and Aiden Blake (Haddonfield) as Garden State players on the team. Follow along with Jersey Sports Zone for all the latest updates and highlights from the top athletes in New Jersey.
NJ Lax Players Shine on National Stage
We saw them perform at the highest level week in and week out over the the past few months, so it wasn’t a surprise to us here at Jersey Sports Zone when eight New Jersey lacrosse players took the field Saturday night and showcased their elite talent. JSZ spent Saturday at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland covering the 2019 Under Armour All-America senior lacrosse games. Stay tuned in as JSZ brings you in-depth features and stellar highlights from our Garden State talent and beyond. Long, Birch and Blake Put on Fireworks Display New Jersey’s top three boys players took to the turf at Homewood Field and dominated. Delbarton’s Mikey Long, Manasquan’s Canyon Birch and Haddonfield’s Aiden Blake led a suffocating Jersey-centric attack that helped the North squad capture a 24-22 win. The win also marked a culmination of three stellar careers. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story: Moorestown Trio Play Together One Last Time as All-Americans There are only 44 slots on the Under Armour All-American roster which makes it hard for a state to get more than one player. Remarkably, Moorestown High School had three players selected on the South squad. Goalie Logan Lillie (Northwestern), midfielder Kayla Frank (Virginia Tech) and defenseman Delaney Lawler (Ohio State field hockey) made their hometown proud by playing together one last time at the pinnacle of the sports. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from Baltimore: JSZ thanks NJM Insurance for sponsoring our coverage of Moorestown High School. We were able to make the road trip to Baltimore to cover this special moment for Quakers Lacrosse thankst to the support of NJM Ridgewood Duo Reps North Jersey in Front of America After a grueling season that finished with a Group 4 state championship, things didn’t get easier for Ridgewood’s Jackie Wolak and Kara Rahaim. In fact, they suited up together one last time to represent the lacrosse-hungry North Jersey community on the big stage: 2019 Under Armour Boys Lacrosse All-America Game Mixtape JSZ brings you onto field level at Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University with the best sights, sounds and elite plays from the 2019 all-star game: 2019 Under Armour Girls Lacrosse All-America Game Mixtape The top 44 girls in the country put on a show in Baltimore. Check out JSZ’s inside look at the future of NCAA women’s lacrosse!
Vote now for JSZ’s Spring Sports Plays of the Year!
Big moments, amazing athleticism and pure power highlight Jersey Sports Zone’s spring sports plays of the year. We have over 40 nominees in three categories. Watch the best highlights captured by our cameras and cast your vote now! The 2019 spring sports season has come to a close and JSZ went through all of our games to pick the best plays captured by our camera. We’ve got nominees for the JSZ Lax goal of the year, web gem of the year (baseball and softball) plus the spring sports clutch play of the year featuring walk-off wins on the diamond, overtime lax thrillers and great arms from the outfield on the diamond. Our polls will stay open through Friday at 3:00 pm and we will honor our plays of the year winners this summer. A special thanks to all the athletes who are responsible for these fantastic clips! JSZ Lax Goal of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ Spring Sports Clutch Play of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ Web Gem of the Year Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 6.8 JSZ Lax Tournament of Champions Highlights
Mountain Lakes 12 Delbarton 5 – Boys Tournament of Champions Final No. 2 Mountain Lakes stunned lacrosse fans across the Garden State when they shocked No. 1 Delbarton 12-5 to win their first Tournament of Champions crown since 2008. The Lakers trailed 2-0 midway through the first quarter until four unanswered goals saw them lead entering the second. From there Mountain Lakes began piling up goals to eventually go ahead by four. Matt Palazzi finished with four scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Oak Knoll 10 Moorestown 8 – Girls Tournament of Champions Final The matchup between defending Tournament of Champion winner’s Moorestown and Oak Knoll was nail biting from start to finish. Both teams traded blows early on as we remained tied for most of the first half. Nearing the break following two scores from Keelin Schlageter, Katie Duttenhofer landed a hat trick to give Oak Knoll a 7-5 lead at halftime. The duo would continue their success in the second act as Schlageter finished with three goals while Duttenhofer had four. This is the Royals second TOC Title overall since winning their first in 2015. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Watch Thursday 6.6 JSZ Tournament of Champions Semifinal Highlights
Delbarton 12 Montgomery 8 NJ lacrosse fans know by now that when it comes to postseason play, all roads lead to Delbarton. The Green Wave advanced to their fourth straight Tournament of Champions Final with a 12-8 win over Montgomery. Delby went ahead 7-0 early thanks to a hat trick in the first half from C.J. Kirst. Closing in on the break Montgomery countered with four unanswered goals to creep within three of the reigning Champs, but with the help of All-American Mikey Long and LJ Millar they were able to create a deficit too large for the Cougars to overcome. Kirst finished with four goals while Millar, Long and Jack Cerza all had a pair of scores. Watch the highlights now: Mountain Lakes 9 Summit 8 It wouldn’t be the state playoffs if there wasn’t any late game heroics. The rematch of last year’s Tournament of Champions Semifinal between Mountain Lakes and Summit didn’t disappoint as it was the Lakers tasting revenge with a 8-7 triple overtime victory. It looked as though Summit would skate away with an easy W when they got ahead 7-3 in the third quarter. However, Mountain Lakes was able to fend off the Hilltoppers as they replied with four straight goals to tie the game in the final seconds of the fourth. Two overtimes would not be enough for these two evenly matched opponents and following a timeout, Spencer Goodbar already with two goals on the day scored a golden goal to send the Lakers to their first TOC Final since 2008. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Watch Wednesday 6.5 JSZ Tournament of Champions Semifinal Highlights
Two Semifinal Tournament of Champions games at Middletown South on Wednesday, but only two teams heading to the Tournament of Champions final. JSZ was in Middletown with highlights and post-game reactions from both games. We will also have highlights from the Tournament of Champions Boys and Girls Final on Saturday from Kean. Enjoy the highlights, and congratulations to those advancing! #1 Oak Knoll 19 #4 Haddonfield 9 The No. 2 Oak Knoll Royals defeated the No. 5 Haddonfield Bulldogs, advancing to the Tournament of Champions Final. Harvard commit, Riley Campbell, scored the team-high with three goals. Brown commit, Julia Ford, also scored three goals. Haddonfield’s Catholic commit, Caroline Beckett, scored the game-high with five goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Middletown: Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our coverage of Haddonfield! #2 Moorestown 11 #3 Ridgewood The No. 3 Moorestown Quakers defeated the No. 1 Ridgewood Maroons, advancing to the Tournament of Champions Final. Rutgers commit, Janey Galski, and Monmouth commit, Ashley Nutt, scored the team-high with three goals each. Columbia commit, Sophia McHugh, scored two goals. The Quakers will face Oak Knoll on Saturday for the Tournament of Champions Final. Moorestown has captured seven TOC Titles since 2007, including last year’s win over Ridgewood in the Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Middletown: Sponsors! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Moorestown coverage!
Montgomery Boys Lacrosse Advances to T of C Semifinal!
#4 Montgomery 13 #5 Moorestown 9 – Tournament of Champions Quarterfinal The No. 10 Montgomery Cougars defeated the No. 11 Moorestown Quakers on Monday night, advancing to the Tournament of Champions Semifinal round. Max Drift led the team in goals, scoring the game-high with four. Gettysburg commit, Kyle Howard, and Alex Ipeker scored three goals each. Dan Boyer scored two goals, and Will Marrapodi walked away with one. The Cougars improved their overall record to 19-3, and will face #1 Delbarton for the Tournament of Champions Semifinal on June 5. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Bridgewater-Raritan: Sponsors! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of Montgomery! Thank you to NJM Insurance Group for sponsoring our Moorestown coverage!
Watch Saturday 6.1 JSZ State Championship Girls Lacrosse Highlights
It was state championship Saturday at Kean University. Jersey Sports Zone has complete coverage of all four girls state finals! Oak Knoll 19 Pingry 6 – Group 1 State Final The No. 2 Oak Knoll Royals captured their fifth straight Group 1 title on Saturday night, defeating the No. 14 Pingry Big Blue 19-6. Katie Duttenhofer scored the game-high with an impressive eight goals. Lily Ramsey added three goals for the Royals. Oak Knoll will face Haddonfield on June 5th in a Tournament of Champions semifinal. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Kean University: Haddonfield 18 Madison 7 – Group 2 State Final The No. 5 Bulldawgs captured their second straight state championship, putting the No. 12 Dodgers away early in the second half. Caroline Beckett and Ashley Campo each scored five goals in the win for the Haddons. Brooke Fiannaca added four goals and Gabi Connor scored three. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Hadddonfield is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Moorestown 9 Mendham 8 – Group 3 State Final The No. 3 Quakers secured their second straight state title by protecting a one-goal lead for the final 15 minutes of the game. Ashley Nutt and Rylee Brown each scored three goals in the win for Moorestown, while Logan Lillie made six saves. Carleigh Mahoney scored three goals for the No. 6 Minutemen in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Coverage of Moorestown is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance. Ridgewood 9 Eastern 4 – Group 4 State Final The No. 1 Ridgewood Maroons mounted a second half comeback, defeating No. 17 Eastern 9-4, and clinching the Group 4 state title. Lafayette commit Marley Scala scored the game-high with three goals. Sara Ellinghaus scored two goals, giving the Maroons the lead five minutes into the second half. Notre Dame commit Jackie Wolak also scored two goals for Ridgewood. The Maroons will face Moorestown on June 5th in a Tournament of Champions semifinal. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Kean University: Thank you to Cooper University Health Care for sponsoring our Eastern coverage!
Watch 5.31 JSZ State Championship Lacrosse Highlights
No more rain means four state titles on Friday afternoon in New Jersey boys lacrosse. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has a pair of state championship tilts at Hopewell Valley while Rich Chrampanis brings us the action from Shore Regional. Congratulations to all the state champs in 2019! Moorestown 9 Chatham 6 – Group 3 State Championship After falling in the same game a year ago, No. 11 Moorestown defeated No. 12 Chatham 9-6 to grab their second Group 3 State Championship in three years. The Quakers took an early 5-3 lead at halftime following two scores from Junior Connor McDonough. Just when Chatham would begin to stage a comeback in the third quarter Nick Cataline and Shane Knobloch would each score twice to keep the game out of reach. Connor McDonough ended the day with three goals total. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Moorestown coverage! Montgomery 11 Hunterdon Central 8 – Group 4 State Championship No. 10 Montgomery stunned lacrosse fans as they upset No. 6 Hunterdon Central to win their second Group 4 State Title in three years. The Cougars jumped out to a 7-3 lead at halftime before Hunterdon Central would eventually tie the game at 8 on a 5-1 run entering the fourth quarter. However, Alex Ipeker and Kyle Howard on back to back scores would give Montgomery the lead to avoid a comeback. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Mountain Lakes 7 Manasquan 6 – Group 1 State Championship Drew Brennfleck and Alan Stoloff broke a 5-5 tie with back to back goals late in the third quarter that proved to be the difference in the Lakers second straight boys lacrosse state championship. After Manasquan had a 3-2 lead with 7:54 to go in the second quarter on Wednesday before rains came, the game resumed on Friday with Mountain Lakes quickly getting the equalizer. But the Warriors took a 4-3 lead at the half on a Casey Mulligan goal. Canyon Birch led all scorers with a hat trick closing his career with 392 goals, but the Lakers were able to hold off the Warriors attempt to force overtime during the game’s final seven minutes. Watch all the action from a thrilling state title game at Shore Regional High School: Summit 10 Somerville 0 – Group 2 State Championship Micahel Bonomo scored four goals in the first quarter and fellow sophomore Luke Dinola added for scores of his own as the Hilltoppers dominated on the way to a Group 2 state title. Skyler Schluter had six assists in the win and the Summit defense was lights out. Somerville goalie Evan Barr had 21 saves in an outstanding game to close out his junior season. Watch JSZ’s highlights and post-game reaction from Shore Regional
Watch Thursday 5.30 JSZ Boys Lacrosse Playoff Highlights
The rain may have thrown a wrench into the state championship schedules, but JSZ still has you covered with the two state final games from Livingston High School. Stay tuned for all the highlights tonight, including Morristown-Beard’s heart-pounding fourth quarter comeback; and Delbarton’s continued domination. Enjoy all the highlights! (6) Morristown-Beard 8 (5) Rutgers Prep 7 – Non-Public B Final It was one of the most unforgettable, wild and improbable comebacks you’ll see anywhere. Morristown-Beard trailed Rutgers Prep, 7-2, with five minutes left in regulation before the Crimson flipped the script. James Mariniello and Blake Bernstein brought Mo-Beard back into the game and then it was Mason Guida hitting the game-winning goal with :19 seconds left. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from a crazy finish: (2) Delbarton 12 (8) Don Bosco Prep 7 – Non-Public A Final It only took 25 seconds for Delbarton to make a statement to Don Bosco Prep in the Non-Public A final. The Green Wave pumped in two quick goals, only tied the game once and stayed in near complete control to capture their fourth consecutive state championship Thursday. Star junior attackman CJ Kirst dazzled in the win — he led all scorers with six goals. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction:
Watch Thursday 5.30 JSZ Girls Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
We’re down to the state semifinals as sectional champions look to punch a ticket to Kean University for Saturday’s state finals. Jersey Sports Zone has coverage of Manasquan vs. Haddonfield in Group 2 and Princeton vs. Eastern in Group 4. Haddonfield 14 Manasquan 9 – Group 2 State Semifinal The No. 5 Bulldawgs built an 11-3 halftime lead and then held off the No. 19 Warriors down the stretch. Gabi Conner led the way with five goals in the win for the Haddons. Caroline Beckett, Mia Rothstein and Ashley Campo all chipped in with two goals apiece. Janie Cowley scored four goals for Manasquan in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as the Haddons advance to face No. 12 Madison in the Group 2 state final: Coverage of Haddonfield is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance. No. 17 Eastern 9 No. 16 Princeton 8 – Group 4 State Semifinal The Eastern Vikings defeated the Princeton Tigers 9-8 on Thursday afternoon, advancing to the Group 4 State Final. Cincinnati commit, Dani Mlkvy, scored three goals for Eastern. Freshman University of North Carolina field hockey commit, Ryleigh Heck, scored two goals. Princeton’s Fairfield commit, Eva Petrone, scored three goals as well. The Vikings will face Ridgewood on Saturday for the Group 4 Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Moorestown: Thank you to Cooper University Health Care for sponsoring our coverage of Eastern! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Princeton High School coverage!
No. 14 Pingry Girls Lacrosse Advances to Group 1 Final
No. 14 Pingry 15 Haddon Township 3 – Group 1 State Semifinal The Pingry Big Blue advanced to the Group 1 state final on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Haddon Township 15-3. Junior University of Pennsylvania commit, Aly Feeley, had a memorable performance, scoring her 100th goal of the season in the first half. She also scored the game-high with six goals. United States Military Academy commit, Cathleen Parker, scored the second highest with an impressive five goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Point Pleasant:
Watch Saturday 5.25 JSZ Boys Lacrosse Championship Highlights
Sectional champions were crowned on Saturday as the state finals are now set. We’ve got highlights and reaction from four championship games around New Jersey! (2) Somerville 8 (1) Rumson-Fair Haven 3 – South Group 2 Final Duke commit Evan Barr was sensational in goal with 17 saves and the Pioneers got a hat trick from Julian Verona and two goals each from Steven Dupras and Michael Rosen to avenge last year’s loss to RFH in the sectional finals. The Bulldogs came into the game average 16 goals in the state playoffs, but Barr was a brick wall holding Rumson off the scoreboard for 29 minutes. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Rumson: (1) Montgomery 10 (2) Lenape 3 – South Group 4 Final The #1 Montgomery Cougars defeated the Lenape Indians 10-3 on Saturday afternoon, advancing to the Group Semifinals against Hunterdon Central. Max Drift scored the game-high with three goals. Danny Boyer and Alex Ipeker scored two goals each. Gettysburg commit, Kyle Howard, Shane Freda and Will Marrapodi each scored one. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Skillman: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of Montgomery! (1) Moorestown 17 (2) Shawnee 6 – South Group 3 Final The Quakers stormed out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back, capturing their fourth straight sectional title. UMass commit Ben Cantwell and Towson recruit Connor McDonough scored four goals apiece to lead the way. Air Force commit Jack Stewart and Rutgers recruit Shane Knobloch both scored three goals. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction, as Moorestown advances to face Chatham for the Group 3 state championship: Coverage of Moorestown is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Shawnee coverage is sponsored by Cooper University Health Care. (3) Hunterdon Central 11 (4) Westfield 5 – North Group 4 Final No. 9 in the NJ Top 20 Hunterdon Central captured the North Group 4 title with an 11-5 win over No. 19 Westfield. The Red Devils got in front early thanks to an early hat trick from Rutgers commit Jack Aimone to take a 5-3 lead at halftime. In the second act the Hunterdon Central offense was unstoppable and scored four answered goals to finish the game. Junior Jack Aimone finished with five scores. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage!
Watch Friday 5.24 JSZ Girls Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
Sectional champions were crowned around the state on Friday, as we’re down to the final four in each group. Check back throughout the night for championship highlights and reaction! (2) Notre Dame 10 (1) Red Bank Regional 6 – Central Group 3 Final The Notre Dame Irish took home their second Central Jersey Group 3 title in the past three years, defeating Red Bank Regional 10-6. Notre Dame’s Jessica Pisani scored the game-high with five goals. Julia DellAngelo and Danielle Losier each scored two goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Little Silver: Thank you to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for sponsoring our Red Bank Regional coverage! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage! (1) Princeton 10 (2) Rancocas Valley 5 – Central Group 4 Final Top-seeded Princeton captured its second straight Central Jersey Group 4 title with a 10-5 win over second seed Rancocas Valley. The No. 19 Tigers trailed 4-2 at the half off of four scores from RV’s Madelyn Uetz, but in the second act Princeton showed why it is the defending champ. Kate Becker and Shaylah Marciano tied the game with two early goals before Michigan commit Mariana Lopez-Ona joined in on the fun to eventually push that lead to 9-5 in the closing minutes. Becker finished with a pair of goals while Marciano and Lopez-Ona each had hat tricks. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Princeton coverage! (2) Madison 11 (1) Rumson-Fair Haven 5 – North 2 Group 2 Final The #2 Madison Dodgers ended #1 Rumson-Fair Haven’s 14-game winning streak in an upset win on Friday afternoon, advancing to the Group 2 State Semifinals. The Dodgers led by three at the half. Madison’s Ginny Taylor scored the game-high with four goals. Boston University commit Lauren Kaye scored three goals for the Dodgers. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Rumson: Thank you to Gold Coast Cadillac for sponsoring our Rumson-Fair Haven coverage! (1) Haddonfield 15 (2) Camden Catholic 8 – South Group 2 Final The Haddons captured their third consecutive sectional title, and their second straight against the Irish. Gabi Connor led the way with five goals in the win. Caroline Beckett scored four goals for the 6th-ranked Bulldawgs. Kate Walsh scored three goals for Camden Catholic in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Haddonfield: Coverage of Haddonfield and Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
Haddonfield’s Aiden Blake Earns All-American Status
The selections have been made and the team is set — and New Jersey now boasts three high school lacrosse players chosen to play in the 2019 Under Armour All-America game. Haddonfield’s Aiden Blake was the most recent Garden State player to be selected — his roster spot was announced on May 21. Congratulations to @HaddonfieldLax Aiden Blake for being selected to the Under Armour All American Game. One of three @NJSIAA high school students out 44 in the country! https://t.co/IhRYmtzTBn— HMHS Athletics (@HMHSathletics) May 21, 2019 Blake, who is committed to Cornell University, was one of South Jersey’s most potent scorers throughout his senior season. His 55 goals and 75 total points were both team highs on a Bulldog squad that finished at 12-8 on the season. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Aiden Blake: Blake will join fellow Garden State players Canyon Birch (Manasquan, Penn State) and Mikey Long (Delbarton, Cornell) as attackmen in the all-star game. It’s set to take place at 8:00 p.m. on June 29 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Canyon Birch: Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Mikey Long: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Haddonfield athletics is proudly brought to you by NJM Insurance! Without their sponsorship, we wouldn’t be able to provide these highlights!
Watch Wednesday 5.22 JSZ Boys Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
The boys lacrosse playoffs continue to heat up and Jersey Sports Zone has you covered with some of the hottest finishes from around the state! Check back throughout the night for all of the highlights! (5) Don Bosco Prep 11 (4) Bergen Catholic 10 – Non-Public A Quarterfinal Don Bosco Prep had revenge on their minds — the Ironmen lost a 7-6 heartbreaker to Bergen Catholic in early April. That left Don Bosco seeking revenge, and it was exacted by freshman Koleton Marquis when he scored the game-winning goal with only :14 seconds remaining in regulation to push Don Bosco Prep into the sectional semifinals. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from a wild game in Oradell: (4) Westfield 6 (1) Ridge 5 – Group 4 North Semifinal No. 19 Westfield advanced to the North Jersey Group 4 Final with a 6-5 upset victory over No. 4 Ridge. The Blue Devils took a 4-0 lead at halftime thanks to a hat trick from Brown University commit Devon McLane in the first two quarters. However, despite another score from McLane in the second half, it was Ridge playing aggressor as they answered back with three goals to tie the game at 5-5 late in the fourth quarter. It was then Jake Engelke found net for a go-ahead score with 4:50 remaining to give Westfield the win. The Blue Devils will take on No. 9 Hunterdon Central in the Title Game. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage! (3) Shawnee 7 (2) Ocean City 6 – Group 3 South Semifinal Yale commit Chris Lyons led a balanced attack for the No. 13 Renegades, finishing with two goals and two assists. David Giordano and Gavyn Wilson also scored two goals apiece in the victory. Andrew Goldstein made 14 saves to key the win as well. Marty Cattie led the No. 12 Red Raiders with two goals in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as Shawnee advances to face top-seeded Moorestown in the sectional title game on Saturday: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. #2 Somerville 14 #6 Hopewell Valley 7 – South Group 2 Semifinal The #2 Somerville Pioneers defeated the #6 Hopewell Valley Bulldogs 14-7 on Wednesday, advancing to the South Group 2 Semifinals. Ryan Pierson scored the game-high with five goals. Steven Dupras hit 100 career points, and scored the second highest number of goals with four. TJ Sanchez scored three goals. The Pioneers will face #1 Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday for the South Jersey Group 2 Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Somerville: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of Hopewell Valley! (1) Rumson-Fair Haven 16 (4) Allentown 6 – South Jersey Group 2 Semifinal Luke Devlin scored six goals as RFH scored 11 straight goals in the second and third quarter to give the Bulldogs a spot in the South Jersey Group 2 finals and a matchup with Somerville this Saturday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (Allentown) and Gold Coast Cadillac (Rumson-Fair Haven) for allowing us to bring you state lacrosse playoff highlights!
Watch Tuesday 5.21 JSZ Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
We’re now in the thick of the lacrosse state playoffs and Jersey Sports Zone has action from both the boys’ and girls’ bracket as the season quickly comes to a close. Check out all the highlights below! (1) Seton Hall Prep 10 (9) Pope John 2 – Boys – Non-Public A Quarterfinals Although they might have been plagued by a slow start, Seton Hall Prep was all business in the second half as they scored nine unanswered goals to take down Pope John in the sectional quarterfinals. Four Prep players scored at least two goals in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from West Orange: (2) Camden Catholic 9 (3) Middle Twp. 8 – Girls – South Group 2 Semifinal The Irish rallied from three goals down in the second half to punch a ticket back to a sectional final. Brynn Eilbacher scored the game-winner with 20 seconds left. Eilbacher finished with two goals on the day, with Kate Walsh leading the way for Camden Catholic with four goals. La Salle commit Kira Sides led the Panthers with four goals in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction as the Irish advance to face top-seeded Haddonfield in the South Jersey Group 2 title game: Coverage of Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. (1) Manasquan 10 (5) Cinnaminson 8 – Girls – Central Group 2 Semifinal The #1 Manasquan Warriors advanced to the Central Group 2 Final on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Cinnaminson 10-8. The Warriors went into the second half fired up, scoring seven goals. Ohio State commit, Janie Cowley, scored the game-high with four goals. High Point commit, Jenna Harms, put in the second highest with three goals. Manasquan will play in the Central Jersey Group 2 sectional final on Friday. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Manasquan: Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our coverage of Cinnaminson! (1) Princeton 21 (4) Howell 4 – Girls – Central Group 4 Semifinal No. 16 in the NJ Top 20, Princeton advanced to its second consecutive Central Group 4 Final with a win over Howell. The Tigers wasted no time taking a lead thanks to Kathryn DeMilt who landed a hat trick with 13 minutes remaining in the first half to give Princeton a 7-1 lead. DeMilt would finish with six goals total on the day while Marianna Lopez-Ona and Eva Petrone both had four. Reigning sectional champs Princeton advances to take on second-seeded Rancocas Valley in the final on 5/24. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Princeton coverage!
Watch Monday 5.20 JSZ Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
#3 Trinity Hall 11 #2 St. Rose 10 – Girls – Central Group 1 Semifinal The #3 Trinity Hall Monarchs advanced to their first ever sectional final on Monday night, defeating #2 St. Rose 11-10 in overtime. Colleen Kelly scored a game-high five goals, including the golden goal with 31 seconds left in OT. The Monarchs will face Pingry on Thursday for the Central Group 1 title. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reactions from Wall: Jersey Sports Zone is being brought to you by Trinity Hall in Tinton Falls!
Watch Saturday 5.18 JSZ Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
The state lacrosse playoffs continued and JSZ has two games from the boys side – both of our games were one-goal affairs. Nery Rodriguez and Madison Bess brings us some exciting action from Saturday morning! (4) Westfield 9 (5) Bridgewater-Raritan 8 – Boys – North Group 4 Quarterfinal Round No. 20 in the NJ Top 20 Westfield advanced to the North Group 4 semifinal round with a tight 9-8 win over Bridgewater-Raritan. The Blue Devils got ahead early to take a 6-3 lead at halftime. However, Bridgewater-Raritan thanks to a pair scores from Jarrett Fought in the third cut it to an 8-6 deficit entering the fourth. The Panthers would eventually come within one score, but Westfield was able to hold their ground on defense and hang on for the victory. Devon McLane and Jake Engelke both finished with hat tricks. The Blue Devils move on to face top seeded Ridge in the next round. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsors! Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Bridgewater-Raritan coverage! #6 Hopewell Valley 8 #3 Wall 7 – Boys South Group 2 Quarterfinal Round The #6 Hopewell Valley Bulldogs advanced to the Semifinals on Saturday morning, defeating the #3 Wall Crimson Knights 8-7. The Knights took the lead by two at the end of the third quarter. However, the Bulldogs came back in the fourth quarter, scoring three goals. Hopewell Valley’s Dylan Tomarchio scored the game-high with four goals, including the tiebreaker goal to win the game. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Wall: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of the Hopewell Valley Bulldogs!
Watch Friday 5.17 JSZ Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
The New Jersey lacrosse playoffs are in full swing, and JSZ has you covered with action from all around the state. Check back throughout the night for boys and girls playoff highlights! Allentown 11 Seneca 6 – Boys – South Group 2 Quarterfinal Fifth seed Allentown advanced to the South Group 2 Semifinals with an 11-6 victory over 13th-seeded Seneca. The Red Birds got some help from Jared Jordan early who had a hat trick in the first period to give them a 7-1 lead. Towards the end of the second and throughout the third quarter, Seneca started mounting a comeback to cut it to just 9-6 heading into the fourth. However Jared Jordan along with Clayton Moench tacked on a pair scores to keep the game out of reach for the Eagles. Moench and Peter Pinto ended the day with hat tricks while Jared Jordan had four goals including his 100th career goal. Allentown will face the winner of #8 Holmdel and #1 Rumson-Fair Haven in the semifinals on 5/22. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Allentown coverage! No. 8 St. Augustine 20 Camden Catholic 1 – Boys – Non-Public A Opening Round David Burr and Mikey Vanaman each scored hat tricks as the Hermits overwhelmed the Irish to begin the Non-Public A playoffs. Third-seeded St. Augustine advances to face either #6 CBA or #11 Red Bank Catholic in the quarterfinals next week. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Richland: Coverage of Camden Catholic is sponsored by NJM Insurance. Hillsborough 12 Westfield 11 – Girls – North 2 Group 4 Quarterfinal Lisa Ross had three goals and four assists including the game winning goal with :40 seconds remaining to give the Raiders a spot in the sectional semis and a matchup with top seed Bridgewater-Raritan. The Raiders seniors had prom later that evening and rushed off the field following the win to get ready for their big night. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Hillsborough High: Thanks to two great sponsors for allowing us to bring this great game. Princeton Orthopaedic Associates sponsors our Hillsborough Raiders coverage and thanks to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Westfield. No. 18 Eastern 16 Washington Twp. 9 – Girls – South Group 4 Quarterfinal The top-seeded Vikings raced out to 12-3 halftime lead against the eighth-seeded Minutemaids. Ryleigh Heck, Jenna Casole, and Victoria Accardo each scored four goals to lead the way for Eastern. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights as the Vikings advance to face #5 Cherokee in the sectional semifinals: Coverage of Eastern and Washington Township is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Toms River North 15 Monroe 7 – Girls – Central Group 4 Quarterfinal The Toms River North Mariners advanced to the Central Jersey Group 4 Semifinals on Friday night, defeating Monroe 15-7. Selena Carrington scored the game-high with five goals. University of Pittsburgh soccer commit, Marisa Tava, scored the second highest number of goals with four. The Mariners will face Rancocas Valley on Tuesday for the Semifinal round. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Toms River: Thank you to CJA Construction for sponsoring our Toms River North coverage! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage!
Watch Thursday 5.16 JSZ Girls Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
(4) West Windsor-Plainsboro North 10 (5) Colts Neck 5 – Central Group 3 Quarterfinal Round Fourth seed West Windsor-Plainsboro North advanced to the Central Group 3 Semifinals with a 10-5 victory over fifth seed Colts Neck. The Knights fell behind 4-1 before North tied the game at 4-4 going into halftime on back to back scores from Maria Tello. Tello would finish with four goals as would Jillian Pelosi who was a spark plug for the Knights in the the second half. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our West Windsor-Plainsboro North! #3 Allentown 16 #6 Steinert 4 – Central Group 3 Quarterfinal Round The Allentown Redbirds defeated the Steinert Spartans 16-4, advancing to the Central Jersey Group 3 Semifinals. The Redbirds had five players score the game-high with two goals: Kaitlyn Bergen, Kennedy Munster, Brianna Samuels, Morgan Vaccaro and Emily Ciccarone. Steinert’s Ashley Goimbert also scored two goals. Allentown will face #2 Notre Dame on Monday for the Semifinal round. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Allentown: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our coverage of Allentown and Steinert!
Rumson-Fair Haven opens state lacrosse playoffs with dominating effort
The boys state lacrosse playoffs are underway. JSZ’s road to the state championship begins in Rumson where RFH opened the South Group 2 bracket with a dominating effort against Lawrence. Rumson-Fair Haven 19 Lawrence 3 – South Group 2 First Round Drew Shaw led the Rumson offensive explosion with four goals and three assists and Sam Mannino added a three goal three assist effort as the Bulldogs scored 15 first half goals to earn a spot in the South Group 2 quarterfinals and a matchup with Shore Conference foe Holmdel. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights: Jersey Sports Zone brings you this great game thanks to two great sponsors. Princeton Orthopaedic Associates is our Lawrence sponsor and Gold Coast Cadillac is the reason we bring you great RFH coverage all year long
Watch Tuesday 5.14 JSZ Girls Playoff Lacrosse Highlights
The New Jersey girls lacrosse playoffs are officially underway! Jersey Sports Zone has you covered from the opening round through to the Tournament of Champions! No. 17 Shawnee 11 Cherry Hill East 2 – South Jersey Group 4 First Round Julie Cassidy and Lauren Jobes each scored three goals for the Renegades, as Jobes reached 100 career goals in the victory. Sami MacDonald scored a pair of goals and dished out four assists. Ashley Vernon earned her 529th career save, a new Shawnee school record. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Hospital. Holmdel 14 Parsippany Hills 5 – North 2 Group 2 First Round Sophomore Jules Brown led the scoring attack with four goals and three assists and the Holmdel senior trio of Kinsey Clark, Erin Mendini and Sam DiMaio reached a collective 500 goals in a dominating first round effort. The Hornets are through to the sectional quarterfinals and a matchup with 3rd seed Bernards. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Holmdel High: Montgomery 15 South Brunswick 5 – North 2 Group 4 First Round Sophomore Maddie Csontos has been a threat for Montgomery all season, but the sophomore has really found a groove heading into the state playoffs. Her five-goal game Tuesday against South Brunswick in the North 2 Group 4 opening round gives her three-straight games with at least five goals. The Cougars advance and will play top-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan on May 17. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Montgomery and South Brunswick athletics is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates!
Watch Saturday 5.11 JSZ County Tournament Lacrosse Highlights
It’s championship Saturday in New Jersey high school lacrosse! We’ve got the championship games from the Shore Conference and Somerset finals on both the boys and girls side. Enjoy the coverage! Manasquan 12 CBA 7 – Shore Conference Tournament Boys Final The Warriors busted open a 4-4 game with seven straight goals to win its third consecutive Shore Confrence Tournament title. Canyon Birch scored five goals to lead the way giving him 97 for his senior season. NJ’s all-time leading lax scorer stands at 491 career points heading into the state playoffs. James Pendergist had three goals and two assists as the Warriors reach 17-0 on the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Monmouth University: Ridge 15 Montgomery 9 – Somerset County Tournament Boys Final Ridge’s recipe for success might be odd, but it sure does work. The Red Devils partake in some spirited intra-squad trash talking during their games and it sure works, evidenced by their 15-9 win over Montgomery in the Somerset County finale. Chris Crapanzano and Jake Hoffman each scored four times in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game interviews from Bridgewater: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Montgomery is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates! Rumson-Fair Haven 9 Red Bank Catholic 6 – Shore Conference Tournament Girls Final RFH used six diferent scorers in a balanced attack to hold off the Caseys and win a remarkable seventh straight Shore Conference title. RFH has won 119 straight games against conference foes. Sophomore Chase Boyle had two goals and two assists in the win. Cassie James and Sophia Passalaqua also hit the two goal mark for the 19-2 Bulldogs. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Monmouth University: Thanks to Gold Coast Cadillac for sponsoring our Rumson-Fair Haven coverage and allowing us to capture championship moments! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is brought to you buy Playa Bowls in Red Bank Bridgewater-Raritan 18 Pingry 8 – Somerset County Tournament Girls Final The Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers took home their fifth straight County Title trophy on Saturday afternoon defeating the Pingry Big Blue 18-8. The Panthers took the lead early on in the first half, and the Big Blue tied the game with less than ten minutes left in the half. But the Panthers found their momentum again in the second half, scoring ten goals. James Madison University commit Tai Jankowski scored the game-high with five goals. Marquette commit Lizzy Escudero added four goals with Wesleyan commit Madi Bray scoring three goals. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reactions from Bridgewater: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan!