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Monday, June 7

NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Finals

 

South Group 4

(4) Southern 14, (3) Monroe 4

Senior attackman Luke Bruther and junior attackman Ryan Sininsky each scored four goals and junior goalie Tyler Sininsky made 11 saves as the Rams' (16-4) routed the Falcons (17-4) to claim the program's third state sectional championship and first since 2014.

Two days after taking down top-seeded Montgomery, Southern's fantastic postseason run continued with a 10-goal win against a Monroe team that was coming off a thrilling overtime win over Lenape in the semifinals. The Rams' defense again led the way in holding Monroe to four goals and this time the offense erupted with eight second-half goals to secure the hardware.

Sophomore midfielder Joey DeYoung added three goals, sophomore attackman Hayden Lucas scored twice, junior midfielder Jake Washco had a goal and three assists and junior midfielder Zack Washco assisted on four goals.

Southern's defense has allowed just 14 goals in four state tournament games and held all four of its opponents to four goals or less.

Southern will play Hunterdon Central in the Group 4 state championship game on Wednesday at a neutral site that will be announced on Tuesday morning.

 

South Group 2

(1) Rumson-Fair Haven 8, (2) Wall 7

Senior attackman Luke Devlin scored the go-ahead goal with 5:43 left in the game and senior goalie Ryan Croddick made a save with six seconds left as the Bulldogs (20-0) won an instant classic over the Crimson Knights (16-4) to win the fifth sectional title in program history.

Wall went ahead, 6-4, in the third quarter on goals by senior attackman Logan Peters and junior Daniel Burns before Rumson pulled even on goals by senior midfielder Patrick Jamin and Devlin. Rumson took a 7-6 lead on a goal by Thomas French 45 seconds into the fourth quarter but Wall tied the game at seven when sophomore attackman John McCurry scored off a pass from Peters.

Devlin scored a game-high four goals and Croddick made 10 saves to lead the way for Rumson. Jamin had a hat trick, French scored once and senior FOGO Tommy Swain won 12 of 19 face-offs.

Peters had two goals and one assist and junior goalie Aiden Kessler made 11 saves for Wall. McCurry and Burns each scored twice and Dollive delivered a goal and two assists.

Rumson will play North Group 2 champion Summit (16-0) in the Group 2 state final on Wednesday at a neutral site that will be announced on Tuesday morning.

 

South Group 1

(2) Manasquan 12, (1) Bernards 6

Senior attackman Casey Mulligan scored three times and Manasquan's defense held down an explosive Mountaineers offense to deliver the Warriors (17-3) their third straight sectional title and fourth in the last five years.

Senior midfielder Hayden Grecsek, junior midfielder Robert Pendergist, sophomore attackman Matt Porazzo, and junior FOGO Max Pauwels each scored twice and sophomore Blake Gorski scored once. Junior goalie Carter Groezinger made 13 saves and Pauwels won 13 of 20 face-offs.

The Warriors led 2-0 after the first quarter and 6-1 at halftime before taking an 8-3 led into the fourth quarter.

Manasquan will face Mountain Lakes in the Group 1 state final on Wednesday at a neutral site that will be announced on Tuesday morning.

 

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