Scores and recaps from Wednesday's NJSIAA Tournament first round games involving Shore Conference boys lacrosse teams.

 

 

NJSIAA TOURNAMENT

FIRST ROUND

SOUTH GROUP IV

4-Southern 10, 13-Washington Township 8

Senior attackman Nick Simonelli scored five goals with one assist to power the Rams (14-1) past the Minutemen (4-11).

Junior midfielder Will Johnson scored three times and senior midfielder James Manzo had one goal and one assist. Junior attackman Kyle Mulrane scored once and junior goalie Tristan Farina made nine saves.

The Rams will host fifth-seeded Eastern in the quarterfinals.

 

7-Freehold Township 12, 10-East Brunswick 4

Junior attackman Josh Nastarowicz scored four times and added three assists, and junior attackman Drew Dunn finished with four goals and one assist as the Patriots (11-5) downed the Bears (11-8) to advance in the state tournament.

Chris Novella and Mike Colicchia each had one goal and two assists, Mike Ferdinandi had one goal and one assist and Matt Lach tallied once for Freehold Township. Sophomore goalie Billy Patten made nine saves.

The Patriots will play second-seeded Lenape in the sectional quarterfinals for the second consecutive season.

 

3-Monroe 14, 14-Howell 4

Senior midfielder Nic Rossi had one goal and two assists to reach 100 career points, but the Rebels (9-9) were eliminated from the state tournament by the Falcons (16-3).

Ryan Damelio scored twice and Nico Lorenzo scored once for Howell.

 

8-Old Bridge 12, 9-Toms River North 4

 

SOUTH GROUP III

5-Jackson Liberty 15, 12-Toms River South 3

Senior attackman Tyler Kalmowitz scored six goals to lead the Lions (12-5) opened up a 10-0 lead en route to downing the Indians (6-8).

Max Matthies added three goals and Matt Ferullo had one goal and two assists. Dylan O'Connor, Randy Vengen, Walter Matthies, Christian Pongracz and Liam Benjamin each scored once and Chris Mulholland made 12 saves.

The Lions will play at fourth-seeded Mainland in the quarterfinals.

 

6-Brick Memorial 12, 11-Northern Burlington 5

Mike Mowder scored four times and Gavin Murphy had two goals and three assists as the Mustangs (11-5) beat the Greyhounds (9-12) for the first state playoff win in program history.

Joey Ferrara had two goals and one assist and Billy Porter also scored twice. Henry Moran added one goal and two assists and Zack Morton finished with one goal and one assist. Senior goalie Chris Sayers made 13 saves.

The Mustangs will take on third-seeded Shawnee in the quarterfinals.

 

10-Colts Neck 7, 7-Hightstown 4

Junior attackmen Vinnie Gargiulo and Thijs Smit each scored twice as the Cougars (7-8) went on the road and defeated the Rams (8-11) to reach the quarterfinals.

Jack Schaefer had two assists and Anthony Mauriello, Colin Scalea and Colin Vill each scored once to help Colts Neck scored five times in the second half to break a 2-2 halftime tie.

The Cougars will play at second-seeded Clearview in the sectional quarterfinals.

 

4-Mainland 20, 13-Neptune 6

Tyler Rossi scored four times for the Scarlet Fliers (10-10) in their loss to the Mustangs (17-2). Neptune set a program-record for wins this season and finished with a .500 or better record for the first time in program history.

 

1-Moorestown 22, 16-Toms River East 2

 

SOUTH GROUP II

1-Manasquan 16, 16-Lawrence 3

Freshman attackman Canyon Birch struck for six goals and junior attackman Jarrett Birch had two goals and five assists as the top-seeded Warriors (15-4) ran past the Cardinals (9-9) and into the quarterfinals.

Freshman midfielder James Pendergist had three goals, junior attackman Joe Tonkovich had one goal and two assists and junior midfielder Devan tallied twice for Manasquan.

The Warriors will host ninth-seeded Somerville in the quarterfinals.

 

2-Rumson-Fair Haven 13, 15-Barnegat 0

Henry Sillen, Charlie Curran and Ryan Tuorto each scored twice and Rumson's defense turned in another standout performance as the Bulldogs (16-3) blanked the Bengals (7-9) to begin their quest for a second straight state championship.

Robbie Garavente, Colin Pavluk, Matt Waters and Alex Werner each finished with one goal and one assist. Griffin Schultz, Jeremy Johnson and A.J. Bruno each scored once.

The reigning Group I champion Bulldogs will host seventh-seeded Ocean City in the quarterfinals.

 

4-Ocean 11, 13-Lacey 7

Senior midfielder Erik Rant scored four goals and added one assist, and senior attackman Joe Appio and junior midfielder Sam Hanna each had two goals and two assists as the Spartans (14-2) got past the Lions (8-8).

Freshman midfielder Mike Nies had two goals and one assist and senior midfielder Connor Daly tallied once. Junior goalie David Walk made 11 saves. Rant also had a game-high 10 ground balls.

Connor Wilson and Dylan Vitale scored twice and Nick DeOliveira, Matt Neri and Justin Covey tallied once for Lacey.

Ocean will host fifth-seeded Hopewell Valley in the sectional quarterfinals.

 

5-Hopewell Valley 14, 12-Red Bank 2

Red Bank senior goalie Jon Pierce made 11 saves to become the first goalie in state history to reach 1,000 career saves, but the Bucs (9-11) fell to the Bulldogs (9-9) in the first round.

Pierce finished with exactly 1,000 saves in his career as a four-year starter. Cole Smolokoff and Brian Fagan scored Red Bank's goals.

 

9-Somerville 13, 8-Wall 4

The Crimson Knights (12-4) fell behind 7-0 at halftime and could not mount a comeback as the Pioneers (6-11) ended their season in the first round of the state tournament.

Senior Mike Steppe scored twice for Wall while senior Lucas Iarossi and sophomore Mike McIntyre each scored once.

 

SOUTH GROUP I

7-West Deptford 13, 10-Shore 9

Seniors Doug Goldsmith and Jack Britton each scored four times but the Blue Devils (11-6) could not overcome a 10-3 halftime deficit and fell to the Eagles (12-4) in the first round. Sophomore attackman Ryan Morris scored once and Hunter Avallone and Jack Brignola combined to make 11 saves.

 

1-Madison 19, 16-Point Boro 1

Matt Schwartz had the only goal for the Panthers (7-10), who fell to the top-seeded Dodgers (11-6). Point Boro was making its first state playoff appearance in program history in its second year at the varsity level.

 

NON-PUBLIC A

3-Seton Hall Prep 19, 14-St. John Vianney 1

Junior midfielder Ryan Gilfillan scored the lone goal for the Lancers (7-11), who had their season come to an end at the hands of the Pirates (13-4).

 

MONDAY'S GAMES

NJSIAA TOURNAMENT

FIRST ROUND

SOUTH GROUP III

2-Clearview 15, 15-Brick 3

SOUTH GROUP I

2-Bernards 13, 15-Holmdel 3

 

REGULAR SEASON

NONDIVISIONAL

Middletown South 6, Barnegat 5

NONCONFERENCE

Immaculata 17, Red Bank Catholic 5

 

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