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RBC obtains SCT title

Defeats Manasquan in 10-9 win

WEST LONG BRANCH — A day after knocking off defending champions Shore, the Red Bank Catholic girls lacrosse team defeated the fourth-seeded Manasquan 10-9 to take home their first Shore Conference Tournament title since 1999 and their third overall.

Since 2002, when it came down to the SCT for girls lacrosse, it was usually Shore or Rumson-Fair Haven being in the final game. This year, Red Bank Catholic came into the tournament as one of the strongest teams, and hoped to make it back to the finals since their 10-6 loss against Shore in 2006.

“It’s an awesome feeling to come out here and play with heart, and never give up, “ said head coach Lisa Caprioni. “ In the beginning of the season nobody thought we could make it this far and we proved everybody wrong. You need senior leadership in order to win games, and they fought to the very end, and stuck together as a team.”

The Caseys (16-1) won their only regular season matchup against the Warriors (13-4) on April 30 with a 10-5 landslide win, and this time they were more than ready for what Manasquan had to offer.

“Everybody had something to do with winning the game for us today,” said Caprioni. “Not one player out there on the field was selfish, and we did a nice job keeping our composure when we were down two goals late in the second half.”

In the first half, the Caseys didn’t waste any time on the offensive end scoring two goals within two minutes by Grace Fallon and Maeve Cowley to jump to an early 2-0 lead.

Warriors Jojo Reilly and Gretchen Fay scored two back-to-back goals at the 19:47 and 18:28 mark to tie the game 2-2. Cowley scored her second goal of the game for the Caseys at 14:03 to regain the lead 3-2.

Five minutes later Shea Gegan, Shae Cowley, and Fay gave the Warriors their first lead of the game scoring three consecutive goals to lead 5-3 with 5:11 left to play in the first half. Amanda Casten tacked on one more goal for the Casey’s before the end of the first half to make it a 5-4 game. To open the second half, the Caseys regained their lead 6-5 as Cat Luick scored two goals, forcing the Warriors to take a timeout. With 19:08 left to play Reilly passed the ball to an open Madison Brown in front of the net to knot the game back to 6-6, as Cowley and Wallace tacked on two more to make it 8-6.

After a yellow card was issued to the Caseys’ Cathy Pignataro, Kaitlyn Cunningham scored two short-handed goals to knot the game back up to 8-8. Luick scored her third goal of the game and third straight for the Caseys with 11:15 left to take a 9-8 lead. Reilly scored at the 9:37 mark to tie the game once more for the Warriors.

With 4:12 left in the closing minutes of the game, Victoria Brown scored the game-winning goal for the Caseys, with a short pass from Luick.

In the closing minute of the game, Reilly had a chance to tie and send the game into overtime, but goalie Rebecca Barile had other plans. Their was 45.8 seconds left in the game when Barile made a huge save off her pads, to seal the win for the Caseys.

“I just kept thinking I hope I make this save, I hope it doesn’t go in, “ said first year goalie Barille. “I was really nervous because the game was so close, and it was almost the end of the second half, but I am glad I was able to make the save and get the win.”

Senior midfielder Luick scored three of her team-high goals in the second half, and had one assist. Cunningham and Cowley each added two goals. Fallon, Brown, and Casten contributed one goal each. Goalie Barile made five saves.

Cowley, Reilly, and Fay led the Warriors with two goals each. Gegan, Brown, and Wallace chipped in one goal each. Goalie Kelly Petillo made four saves.

“I thought our team played great,” said Fay. “We came out here and gave it all we can, and we had a bad loss the last time we were in the finals, so I felt our team played a lot better with the score being as close as it was.”

Written by

Mia Costello

Asbury Park Press Staff Writer