Rumson-Fair Haven girls lacrosse beats Colts Neck

Rumson-Fair Haven girls lacrosse beats Colts Neck

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Rumson-Fair Haven girls lacrosse beats Colts Neck

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TOMS RIVER

The Rumson-Fair Haven girls lacrosse team had unfinished business to attend to from last year.

A year ago, the Bulldogs’ season ended against Manasquan in the semifinals, but on Wednesday they earned a trip to the Shore Conference Tournament final.

Junior Mary Scarrone scored five goals and had two assists to lead No. 1 Rumson past No. 5 Colts Neck , 14-3, in an SCT semifinal.

“We knew we needed to show up and play together to win the game,” Scarrone said. “We haven’t seen Colts Neck, so we knew we needed to rally and come together to beat them. It felt good to score so many goals, but it was my teammates all along. They set me up, and I set them up so we just played together as a team, and we got the win as a team.”

In the first half, both teams started off slowly with neither recording a goal in the first six minutes. But then the Bulldogs started to pound on the Cougars defense and were able to break through for a 5-0 lead.

“We came out here and knew what we had to do,” said Rumson head coach Amy O’Keefe. “We haven’t seen Colts Neck this year so we were a little worried, and they upset Manasquan, so we couldn’t come out here and just assume we were going to win. I knew what my team was capable of, and at the beginning of the game we just needed to slow it down and see what their game plan was.”

After a timeout by Colts Neck (15-4), Kylie Allmers put her team on the scoreboard with 6:21 left to play, and Kelsey Burns scored the Cougars second goal of the half to cut their deficit to 5-2.

The Bulldogs (14-5) scored three unanswered goals to close the opening half and took a commanding 8-2 lead at halftime.

In the second half, both teams traded goals in the opening minutes, but Rumson started to take control of both sides of the field. The Bulldogs scored five unanswered goals to take a 14-3 lead and were able to shut down the Cougars offense to keep them off the scoreboard for the rest of the game to easily advance to the finals.

“Our defense was really good, and we can put teams off guard with our defense, “said O’Keefe. ” I think winning the draw was very important and getting ground balls were the key to us winning the game today.”

Bridget Curran scored two goals and had two assists for the Bulldogs. Kelsey Cuje finished with three goals, and Nicolette Dunphy scored two goals. Emily Volker scored one goal and led the team with three assists. Emily Hayes chipped in one goal, and Emily Knapp had one assist.

Allmers led the Cougars in scoring with one goal and one assist. Brittany Walko and Burns each had a goal. Goalie Kelly Ackermann made four saves.

The win advanced Rumson-Fair Haven to Friday’s 4 p.m. final at Monmouth University. Rumson-Fair Haven will be making its sixth appearance overall and will look for its second SCT title. Its last title came in 2010 with a 13-5 victory over Manasquan.

Colts Neck (15-4) 2 1 3
Rumson (14-5) 8 6 14

Goals: (R) Scarrone 5, Cuje 3, Curran 2, N. Dunphy 2, Volker, Hayes; (C) Allmers, Burns, Walko; Assists: (R) Volker 3, Scarrone 2, Curran 2, Knapp; (C) Allmers; Saves: (R) Mullen 4; (C) Ackermann 4; Shots: Rumson 23-12

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