Barnegat senior midfielder Nicole Federovitch entered this season with 179 career goals and she’s been on a torrid pace since the Bengals first game on March 30.
She reached the 200-goal milestone on April 15 and helped the Bengals (4-1) record a dramatic, 12-11, Class B South victory as she scored the game-winning goal with 2:47 left in overtime.
“She’s the best player that I’ve ever had and not only does she play great offense, she also plays great defense,” Barnegat girls lacrosse coach Jessica Casamento Quackenbush said. “She’s very aggressive and gets to a lot of ground balls and that’s how she’s creating so many scoring opportunities.”
Federovitch, who is the first girl in school history to score 200 goals, got her milestone goal on her first goal of the game in the first half and finished with three goals.
“She’s a very smart player and she’s also left handed and that throws a lot of defenders and goalies off,” Casamento Quackenbush said. “She’s also our center and takes the draw and is very good at catching the ball out of the air. She can draw the ball to herself almost any time and she knows how to protect the ball in her stick too.”
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After that game, Casamento Quackenbush said that Federovitch, who is the school’s all-time leading scorer, had 202 career goals and 43 career assists and 225 career ground balls.
Joining Barnegat’s Federovitch in the 200-goal club this season was Ocean Township senior midfielder McKayla Conti, who joined it on April 9 as Ocean defeated Donovan Catholic, 14-5, in a nondivisional game. Conti scored six goals, including the 200th of her career, and she had one assist as the Spartans (4-2) defeated the Griffins (1-6). Conti had 203 career goals after the game.
LACROSSE GAME TO SUPPORT AUTISM AWARENESS
The Jackson Memorial and Jackson Liberty boys lacrosse teams will play in an Austim Awareness game on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at Jackson Liberty High School. Jackson Liberty boys lacrosse coach Anthony Dzienkiewicz is a special education teacher at Jackson Liberty and serves as an ambassador for Autism New Jersey.
“The opportunity to compete for a cause combines our passion for lacrosse with our desire to support autism awareness. We strongly believe in classroom, competition and character in all of our student athletes,” Dzienkiewicz said. “With April being Autism Awareness Month, we have chosen to represent Lacrosse For Autism and support the Autism NJ Organization. “
T-shirts and awareness bands will be sold at the game and the concession stand will be open. All proceeds will be donated to Autism New Jersey. Financial donations for those who cannot attend the game may be made out to Autism New Jersey and sent to Jackson Liberty High School, 125 North Hope Chapel Road, Jackson, NJ 08527 c/o Coach Anthony Dzienkiewicz.
The Southern Regional girls lacrosse team defeated Brick, 19-8, on April 15 as a couple players have career moments. Senior Lia Stango had six goals and two assists for a career-high eight points, junior Keeley Winn had three goals and three assists for a career-high six points and freshman Shannon Lytle scored her first varsity goal…Lacey’s Ryan Mahon won 19 of 21 faceoffs in a 22-9 victory over Donovan Catholic on April 16…Alexa Bezzone, Darby Campbell and Jess Milone each scored their first varsity goals as Red Bank Catholic defeated Neptune, 18-1, on April 16…As of April 16, Freehold Township’s Victoria Camassa has 35 goals and 10 assists this season…As of April 15, Southern’s Chris Smith has won 74 percent of his faceoffs (107 for 144)…Toms River South’s Sammi Fernandez recently announced that she will attend Georgian Court University, according to Toms River South girls lacrosse coach Tara Murray…CBA’s Nick Casner registered a career-high 10 points (six goals, four assists) in the Colts 18-8 victory over Peddie on April 15. In the same game, CBA’s Chris Hayes scored his first varsity goal…
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SHORE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
The 2015 girls lacrosse Shore Conference Tournament will be seeded on Sunday, May 3 and the tournament starts with first round games on May 5. The second round will be May 7, the semifinal doubleheader will be May 9 at Ocean Township High School and the final will be May 11 at Monmouth University…The 2015 boys lacrosse Shore Conferene Tournament will be seeded on Sunday, May 3 and the tournament starts with first round games on May 5. The second round will be May 7, the semifinal doubleheader (Noon and 2:30 p.m.) will be May 9 at a location to be determined. The final will be May 12 at Monmouth University at 4 p.m.
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The 2015 boys volleyball Shore Conference Tournament will be seeded on May 7 and first round games are May 9. The second round games are May 11 and the quarterfinal games are May 13. The semifinals and final are both on May 15 at Georgian Court University at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively…Southern senior outside hitter Jake Logue registered his 500th career kill on Monday, April 13 against Lacey…Freehold’s Joe McMerty 28 assists, which was a single-match school record, as the Colonials defeated Marlboro, 2-1, on April 14. McMerty also had six digs and two kills in that match.
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