Shore Sports Network Boys Lacrosse Top 10, 5/24/16
We're down to three teams left in the NJSIAA Tournament as the lacrosse season winds down.
The top spot in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 is still up for grabs, however, with both No. 1 Rumson-Fair Haven and No. 2 Manasquan still alive and in line to meet each other for a sectional title.
Like Manasquan, Jackson Liberty has reached the sectional semifinals for the first time in program history. The Lions will have to contend with state power Moorestown on the road, however.
1. Rumson-Fair Haven (17-3, 7-0 B North). Last week: No. 1
The reigning Group I champions are back in the sectional semifinals after two consecutive shutouts in the NJSIAA South Group II tournament. An opening-round 13-0 win over Barnegat was followed by an 11-0 victory over Ocean City. The second-seeded Bulldogs will host third-seeded Seneca on Wednesday in the semifinals. If Manasquan also wins its sectional semifinal the two teams will meet with the title on the line in a rematch of the Shore Conference Tournament final.
2. Manasquan (17-4, 6-0 B South). Last week: No. 2
The top-seeded Warriors defeated Lawrence, 16-3, in the first round and then topped Somerville, 15-7, to reach the semifinals of the South Jersey Group II tournament for the first time in program history. Manasquan will host fifth-seeded Hopewell Valley on Wednesday in the semifinals, and a win there could mean a rematch with Rumson for the state sectional title. The Warriors also defeated Point Boro, 17-0, to officially clinch the Class B South division title for the second year in a row.
3. Southern (14-2, 7-0 A South). Last week: No. 3
The fourth-seeded Rams defeated 12th-seeded Washington Township, 10-8, in the first round of the South Group IV playoffs, but fell to fifth-seeded Eastern, 9-6, in the quarterfinals to end their season.
4. Christian Brothers Academy (12-7, 7-0 A North). Last week: No. 4
The seventh-seeded Colts got past 10th-seeded Notre Dame, 14-9, in the first round of the Non-Public A Tournament, but were eliminated by second-seeded Bergen Catholic, 16-3, in the quarterfinals.
5. Ocean (14-3, 7-1 B North). Last week: No. 5
The fourth-seeded Spartans held off 13th-seeded Lacey, 11-7, in the first round of the South Group II playoffs to reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. They were then defeated by fifth-seeded Hopewell Valley, 16-6, however, as their season came to an end.
6. Freehold Township (11-6, 5-2 A North). Last week No. 7
The seventh-seeded Patriots beat 10th-seeded East Brunswick, 12-4, in the first round of the South Group IV playoffs to move up one spot in the rankings. Their season came to an end in the quarterfinals at the hands of defending sectional champion and second-seeded Lenape, 18-3.
7. Wall (12-4, 5-1 B South). Last week: No. 6
The Crimson Knights, who were seeded eighth, drop one spot after a 13-4 loss to ninth-seeded Somerville ended their season in the first round of the South Group II playoffs.
8. Shore (12-6, 6-2 B North). Last week: No. 8
The 10th-seeded Blue Devils were eliminated from the South Group I playoffs via a 13-9 loss to seventh-seeded West Deptford. They were able to close their season with a win, however, by taking down Howell, 15-3, in a regular-season game.
9. Jackson Liberty (13-5, 4-2 B South). Last week: No. 9
The fifth-seeded Lions are in the sectional semifinals for the first time in program history after beating 12th-seeded Toms River South, 15-3, in the first round, and rallying to defeat fourth-seeded Mainland, 14-11, in the quarterfinals. The road gets exponentially tougher from there, however, as they will take on top-seeded Moorestown on Wednesday in the semifinals.
10. Toms River North (9-5, 5-2 A South). Last week: No. 10
The ninth-seeded Mariners fell to No. 8 seed Old Bridge, 12-4, in the first round of the South Group IV tournament to end their season.
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