Rumson -- Saturday morning paired two of New Jersey's top 20 teams in girls lacrosse between No. Rumson Fair Haven and No. Clearview. Clearview was looking to reverse the results from the past two years following a 2014 loss of 13-7 and last year's 11-5 loss to the Bulldogs, but yesterday the veteran Rumson squad dominated from beginning to end, finishing off the Pioneers, 17-3.

Rumson vs Clearview girls lacrosse (Photo Eric Braun)

Rumson came out early and set the tempo winning nearly every draw (16-5) and beating the Pioneers to every 50/50 ball.  The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the third minute when Morgan Steinhacker scored her first of four goals in the game.  Clearview answered with a goal from Vikki Ciara beat Rumson keeper Anna Babiak low to tie the game at 1-1.  This would be the closest Clearview would get to the Bulldogs who as a group settled into their game and took control from here.

Rumson has been on a tear since their opening day loss to Moorestown, running off 10 straight wins with a margin of victory of 8 goals differential.  Throughout their 10 game win streak they have scored 133 goals and given up just 43, which includes three shutouts.

After Clearview tied the game at 1-1, Rumson jumped back in front for good when they raced out to a 7-1 lead over the Pioneers.  Brit Bruno started the scoring when she beat Camryn Brogan for her first of four goals with 17:50 to play in the first half.  Elizabeth Scarrone scored her first of two goals with 13:56 to play.  Bruno scored the next two goals at 13:45 and 13:32 left in the half.  Maggie Jennings got on the board for her first of two goals at the 11:30 mark.  Steinhacker made the score 7-1 with 10:24 left in the half before Clearview knew what hit them.

Following a timeout from the Pioneers, Clearview rallied for two straight goals from Kasey Diodati with 4:23 left and Hannah Quast with 3:45 remaining in the half.  Rumson would tack on two more goals before the half just 7 seconds apart.  The first from Bruno who scored her fourth of the half and Scarrone her second of the half to take the Bulldogs into the half up 9-3.

The second half Rumson's defense and keeper Babiak shutdown the Pioneers and kept them off the scoreboard as the Bulldogs cruised to a 17-3 victory.  The Bulldogs would get a balanced attack on offense as eight different players scored on the day.  Bruno with 4, Steinhacker with 4, Allie Geiger with 2, Caitlynb Luby with 2, Scarrone with 2, Lindsey Corydon with 1, Jennings with 1 and Jacqueline Littleson with 1.

Rumson is getting into tournament shape as they head into the Shore Conference Tournament and NJSIAA Tournament runs in the coming weeks.  They should enter the the SCT Tournament as the number seed if they stay the course and prevent any slip ups.  They will face two more tough opponents for the second time this season in Manasquan on April 30th (Rumson won 12-9), Shore on May 9th in the regular season finale (Rumson won 11-6) and also face Ridge on May 4th.