Sports Roundup

Southern Routs Jackson Memorial, Improves to 6-0 in Girls Lacrosse

Apr 10, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy POINTS LEADER: Senior Colleen Mason fires on goal during Southern Regional’s 16-6 win over Jackson Memorial on April 8.

Senior Colleen Mason and her four classmates on the Southern Regional girls lacrosse team fully expect to enjoy some fun in the sun when they head for Florida later this week for the senior trip. The question will be on Monday whether they’ve returned with their focus intact.

“So far, we’ve been as focused as we’ve ever been, all of us,” said Mason, after the Rams improved to 6-0 by scorching Shore Conference Class A South rival Jackson Memorial, 16-6, on April 8. “But with only five seniors going on the senior trip this year – as opposed to past seasons when our team has had 10 seniors who went – we may not be in bad shape, as a team, once we come back. But we’re playing really well right now, so I don’t think we’ll have much trouble regaining our focus.”

With coach Lori Johnson roaming the sidelines, the Rams did a great job focusing on their offensive prowess despite some sloppy play early on against the Jaguars.

Rylee Johnson staked Southern to a 1-0 lead within the first couple of minutes. Goals by Kacey Kubarewicz, Maitland Demand and Mason pushed the Rams’ advantage to 4-1 with just over 15 minutes left in the first half. The Jaguars stormed back with three goals during the next eight minutes, to pull within one, 5-4.

Following a timeout, Southern dropped the hammer on Jackson, scoring five unanswered goals to close out the half. Mason started the onslaught just 20 seconds after the timeout. She also finished off the spurt with 2:04 to go, giving the Rams a 10-4 lead at the half.

Outscoring the Jags, 6-2, in the second half kept Southern undefeated to start the season.

“Every game we’ve played has been a total team effort,” said Mason, who finished with six goals and an assist. “Each one of us wants to win as badly as the next person. We have a lot of chemistry on offense and our experience through the midfield to the attack is really helping us so far. We’re off to our best start in over a decade, so it’s nice to be a part of that.”

Rylee Johnson ended with four goals and an assist, while Holly Yannacone tallied a goal and four assists, and Kubarewicz and Demand each scored twice. Carmella Hall contributed a goal and goaltender Kyleigh Bell registered 12 saves.

So far, the Rams have scored double-digit goals in each game. After starting the season with a 10-9 win over Lacey, Southern has won by 10 or more goals in each of its last five contests and has scored no less than 16 goals per game.

Pinelands Baseball

Starts Off 3-1

After beginning the season with a pair of victories against Shore Conference Class B South rival Lacey, Pinelands Regional had a hiccup against Barnegat before rebounding with another victory to go 3-1 during the first week of the baseball season.

Following an 8-1 loss to the Bengals on April 4, the Wildcats bounced back two days later behind another outstanding pitching effort from senior Joey Ventresca, who fired a one-hitter with 16 strikeouts against Lacey in Pinelands’ opener, and finished the week with a two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts to lead his squad to a 3-0 win over Point Pleasant Beach. The Wildcats scored all their runs in the sixth inning. Rian O’Rourke went 2-for-3, while Peter Hammond and Anthony Diaz each drove in a run.

Against Barnegat, Pinelands fell behind 4-1 after two innings and never recovered, as the Bengals added three runs in the bottom of the fourth to seal the victory. Collin Zarenkiewicz and Dexter Dambroski held the Wildcats to just two hits. Offensively, the Bengals were led by Tyler Suydam, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Matt Scott, Steve Meier (who drove in three runs) and Nick Danbrowney each whacked two hits.

In a 2-1 win over Lacey on April 3, senior Noah Dean made his first start of the season and gave up an earned run in the first inning, but then settled in and held the Lions to just three hits while fanning eight. Hammond and Ventresca each had two hits, including a double, to lead the offense.

Pinelands Golfers

Off to Strong Start

Opening the golf season with a pair of victories, Pinelands went up against several of the best teams in South Jersey and finished fourth overall in its Wildcat Invitational at Sea Oaks, tallying 369 points and finishing eight strokes behind Brick Memorial. Pinelands senior Connor Carney carded an 87 to place 11th overall amid a stacked field.

The Wildcats started the season on April 2 with a 185-200 victory over Donovan Catholic, as Connor Carney led the way with a 42. David Laney recorded a 45, followed by Austin Carney’s 46, Nate Szwed’s 52 and Thomas Reilly’s 53.

The next day, Pinelands scored a 174-193 win over Toms River East. Connor Carney grabbed the top spot on the leaderboard with a 42, while Austin Carney delivered a 43 and Szwed returned to the clubhouse with a 44. Reilly ended with a 45 and Laney was right behind him with a 46.

— David Biggy

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