For the past four years, senior captain Claire Scarrone has been Rumson-Fair Haven’s go-to player.
Scarrone has been a superb end-to-end player. Selecting one thing she does best would be impossible. She led the Bulldogs in scoring, but also proved to be a difficult matchup in the midfield, where she excelled on the draw and overwhelmed many opponents on defense.
“I learned a lot of things,” Scarrone said. “During my freshman season, I played defensive wing. My sophomore year I played attack, and my past two seasons, I played mostly midfielder. I learned how to adjust to playing different positions, and was able to play wherever my coach needed me.”
Scarrone finished her stellar career at Rumson-Fair Haven with 139 goals, 112 assists, 252 ground balls, 95 draw controls, 120 forced turnovers and 28 takeaways. This season she led the team in scoring with 62 goals, 57 assists and 92 ground balls.
‘She has been a varsity starter since she was a freshman, and she has been a work horse the past four seasons,” Rumson coach Amy Wylde said. “She is one of the reasons why I love coaching. It’s great to see her go off to play at a Division I school. She will always be a role model to this team.”
With Scarrone leading the way, the Bulldogs went 15-5, and advanced to the NJSIAA North Group II semifinals, where she scored two goals and had one assist. She helped her team earn the No. 1 seed in the Shore Conference Tournament, and reach the semifinals where she scored two goals and had two assists.
She played in the first Monmouth County vs. Ocean County All-Star Game on June 9, where she scored three goals and had three assists to help Monmouth earn a 23-8 victory.
“A lot of the girls playing in the All-Star Game were on my traveling team, so it was fun to play with or against them for possibly the last time,” Scarrone said.
Scarrone has earned many awards throughout her scholastic career, including being named Asbury Park All-Shore first-team three times. This season she was voted the No. 8 ranked midfielder by ESPN Rise, a First-Team All American. She was named one of MaxPreps top 25 high school girls lacrosse players and was named Rumson’s Most Valuable Player Award.
She received U.S. Lacrosse All-American Honorable Mention in 2011, ESPN Rise Honorable Mention in 2010 and 2011, and won the Best Defensive Player team award in 2010 and 2011. She also played for the Heather Leigh Albert team in 2011 and 2012. She helped the Bulldogs win the Shore Conference Championship in 2010, and the NJSIAA South Group II championship in 2010 and 2011.
“I think my favorite moment of being a Bulldog was winning a Shore Conference Championship my sophomore year and to win state sectionals two years in a row,” Scarrone said. “I want people to remember me by always being a team player, and that I always looked out for my teammates.”
Scarrone will continue her lacrosse career at Duke University next year. She was also the only player chosen from the Shore Conference for this year’s Under Armour All-American game June 30 at Towson University.