Boys Lacrosse: Red Bank Regional, St. Rose Make Moves In the Shore Sports Network Top 10
Well, here we are, three rounds away from crowning the 2021 Shore Conference Tournament champion.
It is definitely champion season with the conference tournament in full swing and the state tournament right around the corner. This is when legacies will be written so we certainly have some great games coming our way over the next few weeks.
There were two top-10 upsets during last week so we have one new team and some shuffling within the rankings so let’s get right to the latest Elite Sports Physical Therapy Top 10.
1. Rumson-Fair Haven (14-0) Last week: No. 1
The Bulldogs kept rolling with two lopsided wins to run their record to 14-0. After an 18-1 win over Neptune that locked up the Class B North division title, Rumson won 21-0 over new No. 10 St. Rose in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament. RFH will host Ridge Road rival Red Bank on Tuesday in the quarterfinal round.
2. Manasquan (10-2). Last week: No. 2
Manasquan scored 61 goals and allowed just four in three games since the last rankings as they look to be playing their best lacrosse of the season. They took care of Class B South business with consecutive 20-2 victories over St. Rose and Jackson Liberty and then blanked Ocean, 21-0, in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament. The Warriors will host fifth-ranked and seventh-seeded Howell during Tuesday’s quarterfinals.
3. Christian Brothers Academy (12-3). Last week: No. 3
CBA overcame their last significant hurdle toward earning the Class A North division title when they cruised to a 12-1 win over No. 9 Middletown South. In the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament, the Colts overwhelmed Brick Memorial, 19-3, to get back to the quarterfinals. They will host seventh-ranked and sixth-seeded Southern on Tuesday.
4. Wall (12-2). Last week: No. 4
The Crimson Knights defeated Donovan Catholic, 19-6, in a Class B South game and then downed Red Bank Catholic, 17-7, in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament. Senior attackman Logan Peters totaled 12 goals and nine assists in those two games to eclipse the 200-point mark for his career. Wall will host No. 6 Shore (seeded fifth) in the SCT quarterfinals on Tuesday.
5. Howell (10-4). Last week: No. 5
The Rebels defeated Holmdel for the second team in a span of seven days to advance to the SCT quarterfinals. Howell also had an 8-5 win over Red Bank Catholic and a 13-2 win over Middletown North before a 12-6 victory over the Hornets in the SCT. Howell is the No. 7 seed in the SCT and will travel to No. 2 Manasquan for a quarterfinal game on Tuesday.
6. Shore (8-3). Last week: No. 7
The Blue Devils ran their winning streak to four games and advanced to the SCT quarterfinals with a pair of wins. After a 12-9 win over Holmdel, Shore surged past Jackson Memorial, 16-2, in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament. It was a 3-2 Shore lead after the first quarter before they dominated the final three quarters and closed the game with 13 unanswered goals. Shore will try to return to the SCT semifinals when it travels south to face No. 4 Wall on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.
7. Southern (11-3). Last week: No. 8
The Rams dropped a few spots in last week’s Top 10 after a loss to Shore but jump back up a spot after a pair of emphatic victories. A 17-4 win over Brick clinched Southern’s eighth straight Class A South division title. Then in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament, the Rams walloped Colts Neck, 17-2, by scoring 14 goals in the second half. Junior midfielder Ryan Sininsky reached the 100-point milestone in the win over Colts Neck. Southern will try to reverse a regular-season loss to CBA when it travels to Lincroft to take on the Colts in the SCT quarterfinals on Tuesday.
8. Red Bank (9-5). Last week: No. 10
The Bucs came through with a huge performance on Saturday to rally past Middletown South and advance to the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals for the first time since 2014. Down 5-0 early in the second quarter, the Bucs found their groove and scored the final seven goals of the game for a 7-5 victory. Senior Ryan McGee scored four times and senior Gordon Ogden was great in goal with 11 saves. Red Bank has a colossal task ahead on Tuesday when it heads up Ridge Road to take on No. 1 Rumson, which won 15-2 during their regular-season game.
9. Middletown South (7-3). Last week: No. 6
The Eagles fall four spots after an 0-2 week. They suffered a 12-1 loss to No. 3 CBA and were then eliminated from the SCT via a 7-5 loss to Red Bank in a game they were leading 5-0 in the second quarter. The Eagles will close out their Class A North slate this week with games against Manalapan, Marlboro, Long Branch and Middletown North before turning their attention to the state tournament.
10. St. Rose (10-5). Last week: not ranked
The Purple Roses are back in the Top 10 after defeating Barnegat, 7-4, in the preliminary round of the Shore Conference Tournament to avenge an overtime loss in the regular season. St. Rose was then eliminated by Rumson, 21-0, in the first round. They’ll close out their regular season this week with games against Toms River East, Donovan Catholic and Lacey.
Dropped out: Barnegat (No. 9 last week)
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