Two years ago, Rumson-Fair Haven senior attackman Jack Curran lost what would have been his first full season on varsity to a left anterior cruciate ligament injury.
“It happened sophomore year and it was the first scrimmage we had against West Essex,” Curran said. “I was coming around the net and I took a wrong step and my knee went the wrong way.”
Curran missed the entire 2010 season after he had surgery. He returned last year to give Rumson-Fair Haven a boost en route to the school winning the Shore Conference Tournament title. He was one of the leaders this season as the Bulldogs repeated much of last season’s success and finished with one of the best records in school history.
“I definitely think I came back a stronger player, mentally and physically,” Curran said. “Prior to my ACL injury, I never really worked out my legs that much but through physical therapy, I built the strength in my muscles back up.”
Curran was one of the best attackmen in the Shore Conference this season as he had 58 goals and 31 assists for 89 points. He helped the Bulldogs repeat as SCT champions and helped them reach the NJSIAA Group II state semifinals against Summit.
“He’s a triple threat. He can dodge. He has a hard shot from the outside. Also, when you collapse on him, he can always see the open guy,” said Rumson-Fair Haven coach Reid Jackson, of his star player. “Last year, we played him at the midfield spot and he did anything we asked of him. This year we moved him to attack and I was blown away at the speed of his shot.”
Curran becomes the second consecutive Rumson-Fair Haven boys lacrosse player picked for the Asbury Park Press’ All-Shore Player of the Year award. Mike Huttner was last year’s recipient..
“Coming into this season, we had lost 16 seniors to graduation. No one knew how good we would be, but we thought we would be good,” Curran said. “The seniors on the team stepped up and the underclassmen did as well. We really played for one another this season.”
The Bulldogs were tested this season. Just ask Jackson Memorial and Glen Rock in the Shore Conference Tournament final and the NJSIAA Group II quarterfinals, respectively.
“Those are two games that I will not forget. The SCT final was a tremendous victory for the team and the program after coming back to beat Jackson Memorial. We hadn’t trailed all year, and that victory proved we had a lot of character,” Curran said. “The other game was the Glen Rock game and winning in triple overtime. We had a pretty comfortable lead and got complacent and they came back, but we were able to get the victory.”
Curran finished his career with 107 goals, 50 assists for 157 points in just three years of varsity lacrosse. In the fall, he will attend Villanova University and play lacrosse for the Wildcats.
“I’ve always been a Villanova fan and so many of my family members, my mom, aunts, uncles and couple cousins went to Villanova,” Curran said. “So, Villanova has been in my blood for a long time. I love everything about the school and the campus. I got into the business school and I’m very excited about that.”