Amanda Casten scored six goals and Grace Fallon had five assists as the Red Bank Catholic girls lacrosse team defeated Freehold Township, 14-6, in a nondivisional game on Wednesday.
This was the first meeting between the two teams since the 2011 season where Red Bank Catholic defeated the Patriots 9-5.
“This was a big win for us, “said Red Bank Catholic head coach Lisa Caprioni. “They are always competitive, and this was a good win with the tournament coming up. We are trying to get geared up and ready for that so this game definitely helped us prepare.”
Casten tallied four goals in the first half to lead the No. 2 Caseys past the No. 5 Patriots for their 12th win of the season.
“I think this was an important game because it got us ready for the harder games we’re going to play in the tournament, “said Casten. We just go out there and play as a team, and whatever the outcome is we are happy with it.”
The Patriots (8-3) scored two unanswered goals within the first five minutes of the game by Nicole Torres and Breinne O’Donoghue, until the momentum quickly carried over to the Caseys.
The Caseys (12-1) waited until 6:35 into the first half to score their first goal of the game as Grace Fallon fed the ball to Casten who was left open in front of the net to cut the lead to 2-1.
“We were a little slow out of the gate, but I found out if I am patient with them they usually pick it up on their own, “said Caprioni. ” I was proud they regrouped as a team and went on a nice run of scoring.”
Casten recorded her second straight goal of the game with another assist from Fallon to tie the game 2-2. The Caseys dominated the field for the rest of the half, scoring six unanswered goals to go into halftime with an 8-2 lead.
“Amanda is really good at getting open, “said Fallon. “I try to draw the defense in, and see who is cutting and her timing is always perfect. I can always count on her to finish.”
The Patriots started off the second half strong scoring their first goal since the opening minutes of the first half to cut the lead to 8-3. The Caseys quickly responded with two goals of their own to extend their lead to seven.
Freehold Township scored two goals within 53 seconds to cut the Caseys’ lead to 10-5. Casten scored her sixth goal of the game after a miscue by the Patriots defense, and Margaret Rooney scored back-to-back tallies to give the Caseys their largest lead of the day.
The Caseys outscored the Patriots 2-1 in the closing minutes of the game to earn their third straight win.
The Caseys offense pounded the Patriots defense all day with 34 shots on goal, and scored 14 goals just shy of their season average of 15.42 goals per game. The Patriots only made seven shots the entire game, but were fortunate to score six goals to finish well below their season average of 12.40 goals per game.
Senior Torres led the Patriots with three goals. Taylor Hoskins, Carli Dixon, and O’Donoghue each scored one goal. Goalie Shaye Zyskowski made nine saves in the net for the Patriots.