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Southern Regional Girls Lacrosse Team Finally Falls But Captures Division Crown

By DAVID BIGGY | May 01, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Holly Yannacone (left) and the Southern Regional girls lacrosse team knocked off both Toms River East and Toms River North last week to improve to 10-1 this spring.

Surf City — Finally, an opposing girls lacrosse team managed to defeat Southern Regional High School. But it wasn’t any of the teams in the Shore Conference Class A South division; it was Red Bank Catholic. Thus on April 29 the Rams (10-1) won the division championship without even stepping foot on the field, as Southern had scored a pair of victories over A South opponents last week and Toms River North lost its second divisional contest of the season. Without an A South loss and only one divisional game left, the Rams are guaranteed the title outright.

On April 25, the Rams scored six times in the first half to take a solid 6-2 lead into the half, then added four goals in the second half to bounce the Mariners, 10-3. Goaltender Kyleigh Bell made 10 saves to help lead Southern to victory, while Holly Yannacone delivered three goals and Rylee Johnson fired in a pair of goals.

Erika Barbera had a goal and an assist, while Katie Braun, Sophia Cooney, Kacey Kubarewicz and Colleen Mason each scored once, and Carmella Hall and Casey McBride each gave out assists.

Against A South foe Toms River East on April 23, Southern took a 5-1, halftime lead before dropping the hammer on the Raiders with eight second-half goals for a 13-3 victory.  Southern was led by Johnson with four goals and Kubarewicz added three, while Yannacone buried two and Braun, Cooney, Maitland Demand and Alex Mattner each tossed in a goal. Mason and Barbera each dished out two assists as well.

With the two victories, the Rams completed a 10-game winning streak before finally meeting their match in Red Bank Catholic, which scored 11 first-half goals to go up 11-0 by the intermission and cruised to a 16-3 victory on April 27. Mason scored twice and Yannacone scored once to account for Southern’s goals. Bell finished with six saves.

Barnegat Girls Lacrosse
Improves to 11-2

Several years ago, nobody would have thought the Barnegat girls lacrosse team would be able to get on the field with Toms River North and compete, never mind beat the Mariners. But times have changed for the Bengals, and on April 26 they scored a 9-8 win over North to improve to 11-2 on the season.

The Mariners took a 6-5 lead into the half, but Barnegat’s defense limited North to just two second-half goals while the offensive unit poured in four to come away with the victory. Maddie Schleicher led the way with three goals and an assist, while Madelyn Santorelli added a pair of goals and two assists, and Alexis Jackson fired in a pair of goals. Kara Ferrigno scored once and gave away an assist, and Ashley Pringled also scored once. Goaltender Gabby Furrule made seven saves to help preserve the win.

On April 25, the Bengals scored nine times in the first half and never looked back en route to a 13-5 drubbing of Middletown North. Schleicher tossed in four goals, while Chloe McGee added three and Kyla Rauch and Santorelli each contributed a pair of goals to the offensive onslaught. Ferrigno added a goal and three assists.

On Monday, the Bengals cruised to their 11th victory with a 16-8 triumph over Brick.

Southern Golfers
Grab 10th Victory of Season

The only local golf team playing while on spring break, Southern Regional managed to win its 10th contest of the season but at the same time suffered its first loss. In a non-conference tri-match with Cedar Creek and Washington Township, the Rams tallied a 175 score. But while it was good enough to knock off Cedar Creek (219), the Minutemen (171) edged the Rams.

Jeff Reilly led the way for Southern with a 41, while Jonathan Sheehan carded a 42, and Lasse Lehmann and Peter Fabian returned to the clubhouse with respective scores of 45 and 47. With the loss to Washington Township, for which its top four players scored 45 or lower, Southern dipped to 10-1 on the season.

David Biggy

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