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NJSIAA Boys Lacrosse State Championships

Group 1, at Bridgewater-Raritan

Rumson-Fair Haven 12, Mountain Lakes 6

Senior attackman Cole Cashion tallied four goals and one assist, junior midfielder Andy Croddick delivered three goals and one assist, and senior goalie Marshall Halfacre made eight saves as the Bulldogs started fast and finished strong to defeat the Lakers and win their second straight state championship.

Mountain Lakes scored the first goal after Rumson had several quality shots on its first two possessions, but Rumson quickly answered on a goal by Croddick and sank two more goals to take a 3-1 lead into the second quarter. The lead ballooned from there with the Bulldogs leading 8-2 at halftime and 10-3 heading into the fourth quarter. Mountain Lakes scored three straight goals in a span of 4:14 in the fourth quarter to cut RFH's lead to 10-6, but goals by Cashion and Croddick in the final 2:46 iced the game and clinched Rumson's third state title.

Senior attackman Bryce Devlin scored twice and assisted on another, sophomore attackman Grayson Goldin had a goal and an assist, and junior midfielder Leo Passalaqua and junior LSM Brody Page each scored once. Junior FOGO Luke Marascio did an excellent job against Mountain Lakes face-off ace Jordan Hernando to win 11 of 21 draws and help Rumson control the middle of the field.

The seeds for the inaugural Kirst Cup are still pending the results of the remaining state championship games, however, Rumson will likely earn the No. 2 seed behind the winner of the Non-Public A state final between No. 1 Seton Hall Prep and No. 2 Delbarton.

Check back for a complete game story and a photo gallery.

Robert Badders
Robert Badders



Group 2, at Hopewell Valley

Summit 9, Wall 7

Down 4-1 in the first quarter, the Crimson Knights rallied to tie the game twice before Summit pulled ahead in the fourth quarter and sat on the lead to win their 11th group title and deny Wall in its first title game appearance.

Summit led 3-1 after the first quarter and added another on a goal by Will Johnson, but Wall rallied to tie the game with two goals by senior attackman John McCurry and one by junior midfielder Will Madden. Summit scored again to take a 5-4 halftime lead.

The Hilltoppers went up 7-4 in the third quarter but Wall answered yet again on a goal by McCurry, an end-to-end goal by senior defenseman Billy Carr, and another strike by McCurry to deadlock the score 7-7 early in the fourth quarter. Summit retook the lead and scored again to make it 9-7 with 7:20 to play, and the Hilltoppers were able to bleed the clock and hold on for the victory.

The loss ends a historic season for Wall, which won its first sectional title and joined Rumson-Fair Haven, Manasquan, and Southern Regional as the only Shore Conference boys lacrosse programs to reach a state championship game.

McCurry was great in his final high school game with five goals and one assist to lead the way for Wall.




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