Colts, Blue Devils prove they’re Shore’s best

first_img BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer Top-ranked teams continue dominance with SCT title BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer CHRIS KELLY staff Shore Regional’s TIffany Newenhouse and RBC’s Erin Rigby battle for a loose ball during the Shore Conference Tournament final at Monmouth University on May 17. All season long, the CBA boys and Shore Regional girls have looked like the Shore Conference’s top teams. Last week, they both proved that is precisely what they are. On Wednesday, the Blue Devils made their top seed stand up by beating Red Bank Catholic, 10-6, to capture their fourth Shore Conference Tournament crown at Monmouth University. Then on Friday, the Colts remained unbeaten against conference foes this year by beating Rumson-Fair Haven, 4-1, to claim their second SCT title. CBA, who also won last year’s inaugural boys SCT, broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter when Jon Lubas registered a hat trick. His first goal came with 7:12 left off a pass from Alex DeAlmeida, while Liam Thomas assisted on Lubas’ second goal with 4:49 remaining. The final tally came with 3:56 left, unassisted. Rumson, a third-year program that entered the contest on the heels of a 13-game winning streak, got its goal in the third quarter when John Gasienica took a pass from Clark McIntyre and put the ball in the net with 6:56 left. But CBA (13-5) responded with its final goal with 9:48 left in the final quarter when Thomas scored off a Josh Orchant pass. With the win, the Colts earned the first of what they hope will be two tournament crowns. On Saturday, they will open their Non-Public A state tournament crown with a matchup with Bergen Catholic. The Colts are the third seed, with Bergen Catholic getting the sixth seed. Delbarton is the bracket’s top seed, followed by Seton Hall Prep. Rumson-Fair Haven opens its Group I tournament run with a game against Caldwell today, with the winner to get either third-seeded Summit or 14th-seeded Jefferson. Shore Regional wrapped up its fourth SCT title early on, using a dominant effort in the first half. Kelly Draper got things started with a goal at the 24:10 mark. Ali Houlis then added goals at the 15:45 and 9:54 marks, before Jenna Martino made it 4-0 with 7:02 left. Following an RBC time out, Shore added two more goals (from Draper and Houls) to head into the break with a 6-0 lead. RBC (18-2) got in the board with a Lindsey DeMarco goal with 23:58 left in the game, only to see the Blue Devils respond with consecutive goals from Danielle Scarrone. With an 8-1 lead, Shore was in complete command, although to their credit, the Caseys kept coming before running out of time. The Blue Devils, who were making their fifth straight SCT final appearance, enjoyed their first title win over a Monmouth County team, having beaten Jackson in its first three title-clinching wins. Now, Shore has its sights set on a South B state title. The Blue Devils are the top seed, and as such got a first-round bye. That means a second-round matchup with 16th-seeded St. John Vianney later today. The Lancers (9-7) got a hard-fought 9-8 win over New Egypt on Saturday to advance, as Helen Kerrisk’s goal with just over four minutes left to play broke an 8-8 tie. Kerrisk finished with two goals, while Jess Wegelin had a team-high four tallies. Goalie Staci Shalkowski, who finished with 12 saves, came up big in the final minute, when she made a couple of clutch saves in the face of a furious Warrior attack. Red Bank Catholic is the third seed in South B, and will take on 14th-seeded Red Bank Regional today in the second round. RBR beat No. 19 seed Allentown, 9-5, on Saturday as Brie Moran led the Buc attack with five goals. Rumson-Fair Haven, the fourth seed, will take on 13th-seeded Manasquan today in the second round after both teams got a first-round bye. In the South A bracket, the Ocean Township Spartans were eliminated by Central, 12-9, on Saturday, ending their season at 12-8-1.last_img

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