Rumson-Fair Haven (NJ) Boys and Girls Lacrosse Teams Selected as WindMill Teams of the Week
Every week this spring, Shore Sports Network will be selecting the WindMill Boys Lacrosse Team of the Week to recognize their achievements on the field.
This week we hand out a pair of awards to honor both the boys and girls Shore Conference Tournament champions, and for this week the Shore Sports Network vehicle only had to make one stop: Ridge Road.
The SSN Lacrosse Teams of the Week for Week 6 hail from Rumson-Fair Haven as the Bulldogs swept the conference championship games over Memorial Day weekend to reassert their Shore supremacy. SSN stopped by practice early this week to present boys head coach Marc Moreau, girls head coach Amy O'Keefe and the squads of both teams with a special framed Team of the Week certificate and a gift card to WindMill restaurants.
On the girls side, RFH won its unprecedented eighth consecutive SCT championship by defeating Trinity Hall, 8-6, in a thrilling title game at Monmouth University. Senior Ava Poupard scored a game-high four goals while senior Chase Boyle scored three goals and assisted on two others. Senior Mia James scored once and sophomore goalie Kayse Kiernan was tremendous with 11 saves.
Just two weeks prior, Trinity Hall stunned Rumson, 8-7 in a regular-season game, to end the Bulldogs' incredible 127-game winning streak against Shore Conference teams that dated back to the 2012 season. While that streak is no more, the more important one remains intact. Rumson's girls now have nine Shore Conference championships, which put them ahead of Shore Regional for the most in conference history. The tournament began in 1998.
The RFH girls are the No. 1 seed in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 sectional tournament and are the heavy favorite to claim another sectional crown. They received a first-round bye and will host eighth-seeded Seneca on Friday afternoon.
While the girls team made it eight SCT titles in a row, the boys were able to end a relative drought to extend their Shore Conference record with their seventh championship.
In a matchup with three-time defending champion Manasquan, the RFH boys started fast and never let up on their way to an 11-4 win on their home field at Borden Stadium. Senior attackman Luke Devlin and sophomore attackman Cole Cashion each registered three goals and one assist, senior midfielder Patrick Jamin had two goals and one assist, senior face-off specialist Tommy Swain dominated the face-off X and senior goalie Ryan Croddick made a handful of sensational saves to lead the way.
The title was the first for Rumson's boys program since 2016 and reestablished the Bulldogs as the Shore's preeminent program. RFH now has seven titles all-time and has reached the championship game an astonishing 12 times in the 16 years the tournament has been held since the inaugural 2005 game.
Rumson is one of the last remaining undefeated boys teams in New Jersey and enters the state tournament with a 17-0 record. The Bulldogs are putting together one of the best seasons in program history, but they're not done yet. They have a legitimate chance to win the program's second state title and make a run at the Tournament of Champions crown. They are the top-seed in the South, Group 2 section and received a first-round bye. They will host ninth-seeded Holmdel on Thursday afternoon.
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