WindMill Girls Lacrosse Team of the Week: Rumson-Fair Haven
Every week this spring, WindMill Restaurants and Shore Sports Network have been selecting a Boys Lacrosse Team of the Week as part of our coverage of Shore Conference lacrosse, and this week we will also be honoring a girls lacrosse Team of the Week.
The WindMill Girls Lacrosse Team of the Week is Rumson-Fair Haven, which secured an unprecedented seventh straight Shore Conference Tournament championship with a 9-6 win over Red Bank Catholic. Shore Sports Network stopped by practice Tuesday to present the Bulldogs and head coach Amy O’Keefe with a special certificate and a $300 WindMill gift card.
The Bulldogs began their successful title defense with a 16-6 win over Howell in the first round of the SCT. They followed with a dominant 19-3 win over Wall in the quarterfinals and then defeated Red Bank, 12-6, in the semifinals.
Rumson’s championship game opponent, Red Bank Catholic, nearly won the regular-season matchup when the two teams met, but the Bulldogs were able to hold on for an 11-10 victory. This time, the Caseys once again jumped out to an early lead with a 2-0 advantage through the opening 10 minutes. Rumson responded, however, with three straight goals to take a 3-2 lead and eventually held a 5-3 edge at halftime.
Rumson scored the first goal of the second half but RBC battled back to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 6-5. As it has done for the last seven years. Rumson was able to hold off yet another challenger by scoring three of the game’s final four goals to take the SCT crown and extend its winning streak against Shore Conference teams to an incredible 120 games.
Rumson (19-2) is the No. 1 seed in the NJSIAA North 2, Group 2 tournament and will try to win its fifth straight sectional title. They open the tournament at home against Voorhees on Friday