WindMill Boys Lacrosse Team of the Week: Southern Regional
Every week this spring, WindMill Restaurants and Shore Sports Network will be selecting a Boys Lacrosse Team of the Week based on its performance over the past week.
The WindMill Team of the Week for Week 5 (April 29 to May 5) is Southern Regional, which went 3-0 to reach the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals and run its winning streak to 10 games. Shore Sports Network stopped by practice Monday to present the Rams and head coach John Pampalone with a special certificate and a $300 WindMill gift card.
Southern entered the week ranked No. 10 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 before delivering an 8-4 road victory over then-No. 6 Middletown South. Junior attackman Cade Johnson scored three goals and added one assist and senior goalie Luke Maul made 14 saves to backstop a shutdown defensive effort. Senior midfielder Ajani Steverson and junior midfielder Aaron Hutchinson added two goals each and freshman midfielder Ryan Sininsky scored once.
The Rams followed the ranked win over the Eagles with a 17-1 win over Long Branch. Nick Stankus tallied three goals and three assists, Johnson scored three times ad Steverson had two goals and two assists to lead the way.
Southern capped its week with a hard-fought 9-8 victory over St. John Vianney in the Shore Conference Tournament round of 16. Johnson again paced the offense with three goals and two assists while Steverson scored twice and Maul made nine saves to send the Rams back to the quarterfinals. Jake Hughes added a goal and two assists while Stankus and Luke Bruther each scored once.
Since suffering losses to Freehold Township (6-5) and Manasquan in their first three games, the Rams have been perfect with 10 straight victories. Southern defeated Jackson Memorial, 6-5, on April 26 to clinch at least a share of the Class A South division title for the seventh straight year.
Sixth-seeded Southern will travel to West Long Branch on Tuesday evening to take on third-seeded and undefeated Shore Regional in the SCT quarterfinals. A win there would put the Rams into the SCT semifinals for the seventh time in eight seasons.