Windmill Team of the Week: Manasquan
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 6 (May 7 to May 13) is Manasquan, which won its second straight Shore Conference Tournament championship with an 11-3 victory over previously-undefeated Christian Brothers Academy. Windmill and Shore Sports Network were at practice Monday to present the Warriors and head coach Sean Cunningham with a special certificate and a $300 Windmill gift card.
In the SCT quarterfinals, the second-seeded Warriors dominated Freehold Township in a 16-2 victory. Junior attackman Canyon Birch continued his record-setting year by scoring nine goals and adding two assists while freshman Casey Mulligan had a hat trick and one assist. Birch had six goals in the first quarter as Manasquan put the game away early to advance to the semifinals.
It was the defense's turn to shine in the semifinals as junior goalie Mike LaPoint made 10 saves and defensemen Jack Fabean, Tyler Callahan and Tommy Shaughnessy and LSM Mike Page completely shut down Southern in a 12-0 victory. Not to be outdone, Birch made Shore Conference history by scoring six goals and adding two assists to set the conference's single-season scoring record with his 98th goal to pass the previous mark of 93 set by Southern's Dylan Jinks in 2014.
Then came the SCT championship game and a rematch with CBA. The Colts had won the first meeting in the regular season, 6-4, but this time it was all Manasquan as the Warriors led from start to finish to win 11-3 and repeat as SCT champions. Junior attackman Ryan Anderson scored a game-high four goals, Birch had two goals and three assists to reach 100 goals this season and the defense was tremendous again in holding CBA to just three goals. The SCT championship is the second overall for Manasquan in its fourth appearance all-time.
After a two-game losing streak in late April, the Warriors have regrouped to play their best lacrosse of the season. They have won seven straight games and over that stretch are averaging 15 goals and allowing just 2.9.
Manasquan earned the top seed in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 playoffs and will host New Egypt in the first round on Wednesday.