SUMMIT ENDS RFH GIRLS LACROSSE SEASON

Four days after winning their first ever group championship on Saturday, the girls’ lacrosse squad of Rumson-Fair Haven fell to Summit, 10-4, in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions at Monmouth University Wednesday.

Kyra Weiner led the Bulldogs with two goals and Jacqueline Littleson and Elizabeth Scarrone accounted for the other RFH tallies, but the Hilltoppers scored six straight goals to break a 4-4 second half tie.  RFH finished an historic season with a 25-2 record.

Watch the highlights and post-game interviews here from Shore Sports Zone.

RFH GIRLS ARE STATE LACROSSE CHAMPS

On a hot day on the turf at Kean University, the Rumson-Fair Haven girls lacrosse team never gave up the lead in a 14-11 win over Bernards to capture their first-ever Group 2 state championship finals Saturday.

RFH put together a balanced scoring attack. Kyra Weiner had 3 goals and 2 assists and Morgan Steinhacker also had a hat trick to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Bernards got as close as 5-4 in the first half, but RFH pulled away to take an 8-5 lead at the half and scored the first three goals of the second half.  Watch the highlights and post-game interviews here from Shore Sports Zone .

RFH GIRLS TAKE FOURTH STRAIGHT SCT TITLE

Morgan Steinhacker scored back-to-back goals to start the second half to give Rumson-Fair Have a five-goal lead over Shore Regional in the Shore Conference Tournament final at Monmouth University Monday, and the Bulldogs never looked back. Brittany Bruno and Kyra Weiner ended up with three goals apiece for RFH to lead the Lady Bulldogs to their fourth straight SCT title with the 13-5 win. Shore Sports Zone has all the highlights and post-game reaction from Monmouth University on video.

RFH is the top seed in South Jersey Group 2, and will host number 16-seed Paul VI in the first round on Wednesday.  

RFH REGAINS SCT LACROSSE TITLE

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Robbie Garavente posted a “natural” hat trick of three straight goals to lead the Bulldogs to their fifth Shore Conference boys’ lacrosse title in the last six years with an 8-5 victory over Manasquan Monday. Charlie Curran scored the game winner with 4:15 seconds to go in the fourth quarter,a nd Shore Sports Zone was there at Long Branch High to catch it all on video.

The teams could square off again in the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs: Manasquan is the top seed with RFH coming in at number two.  

RFH WIN EARNS SHOT AT SCT TITLE

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Rob Garavente scored three goals and goalie Kyle Knapp had 15 saves as the Bulldogs topped Christian Brothers Academy, 6-4, in Long Branch Thursday advance to the Shore Conference Tournament lacrosse final. Shore Sports Zone was there to catch it all on video as the game went down to the wire.

The top-seeded Bulldogs will now face number-two seed Manasquan for the championship Monday at 6 p.m. at Long Branch High School.

RBC GIRLS HEAD TO STATE LACROSSE SEMIS

The Red Bank Catholic girls’ lacrosse squad broke open a 9-7 halftime lead with dominant play in the second half to secure a 20-10 home win against Freehold Township in the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference girls lacrosse tournament Wednesday. Cami Lynch scored six goals and dished out five assists, and Olivia Farrington added five goals in the win. Watch the highlights from Count Basie Field  courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.

The Caseys next take on Shore Regional under the lights at Ocean Township Friday night at 7 p,m.,  following the other semifinal matchup of Rumson-Fair Haven and Manasquan at 5 p.m.

RFH SHREDS NET IN SCT QUARTERFINAL

Playing at home, top seed Rumson-Fair Haven raced to a 10-0 halftime lead on the way to a 15-2 victory over Shore Regional in the Shore Conference Tournament boys’ lacrosse quarterfinal Tuesday. Shore Sports Zone has the action on video.

RFH DOMINATES CBA WITH THREE HAT TRICKS

Robbie Garavente, Griffin Schultz and Henry Sillen each scored three goals to lead Rumson-Fair Haven’s boys’ lacrosse team  to a 10-3 win at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft Tuesday.  Watch the highlights and other high school sports action at Shore Sports Zone.

RFH GIRLS COME UP SHORT IN STATE FINAL

The Rumson-Fair Haven girls’ lacrosse fought hard to keep up with Summit but fell, 12-5, in the Group 2 girls’ lacrosse state championship at Kean University Saturday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

The Lady Bulldogs ended the season at 23-2 and wearing the South Jersey Group 2 crown. Congratulations on a thrilling season, ladies!

RFH BOYS STOPPED IN TOURNEY OF CHAMPS

Rumson-Fair Haven’s boys’ lacrosse team hit the wall at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional on Saturday, falling 7-0 to Summit in the state Tournament of Champions. Shore Sports Zone has the action on video. For the Bulldogs, the game marked the end of an historic season, as they became the first Shore Conference team to win a boys lacrosse state championship.

RFH GIRLS ARE STATE GROUP 2 LAX CHAMPS

Three members of the Rumson-Fair Haven girls’ lacrosse squad – Jillian Swikart, Elizabeth Scarrone and Brittany Bruno – had hat tricks as the Lady Bulldogs pelted Red Bank Catholic, 14-5, to win the South Jersey Group 2 final Wednesday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

The Lady Bulldogs, now 23-1 on the season, will face Summit on Saturday in the Group 2 Finals.

RFH WINS SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 1 LAX TITLE

The lacrosse squad of Rumson-Fair Haven missed out on a Shore Conference championship this year, but picked up another prize Saturday, topping New Providence, 12-8, for the South Jersey Group 1 sectional championship. Shore Sports Zone has the action and post-game commentary on video.

The Bulldogs, who started the season at 0-4, will now face Mountain Lakes on Wednesday at a neutral site for the Group 1 state championship.

RBC GIRLS HEAD TO STATE LACROSSE SEMIS

After falling behind 2-0, the Red Bank Catholic girls’ lacrosse squad surged to a 15-9 win at home over Robbinsville to advance in the South Jersey Group 2 title tourney Tuesday. Shore Sports Zone has the game highlights.

The Caseys will host West Deptford in the semifinal round at Count Basie Fields on Thursday.

RFH: SWIKART’S ALL ABOUT THE ASSISTS

With the girls’ lacrosse squad of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional heading into the second round of the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs as the top seed, midfielder Jillian Swikart is clearly a standout. She scored seven goals as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a third consecutive Shore Conference Tournament championship last week.

But Swikart – who managed the boys’ basketball team this winter – tells Shore Sports Zone that she gets more satisfaction from assists than from scoring herself. Watch for yourself.

The team faces Somerville in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

RFH FAILS IN BID FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT TITLE

Defending Shore Conference lacrosse champs Rumson-Fair Haven came up emptyhanded in their quest for a fifth consecutive lacrosse title as they fell to Southern Regional, 16-6, in the title game at Monmouth University Tuesday. It was the first championship for Southern. Shore Sports Zone has the action on video.

RFH: GIRLS CLINCH SCT LACROSSE TITLE

Number-one seed Rumson-Fair Haven’s girls dominated Shore Regional, 17-5, enroute to a third consecutive Shore Conference Tournament lacrosse championship at Monmouth University Monday.

Jillian Swikart scored seven goals and Brittany Bruno added six as the Lady Bulldogs broke a 4-4 tie to embark on a 13-1 run. Shore Sports Zone has the game highlights and post-game reaction.

RFH UP FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT LACROSSE TITLE

Defending five-time Shore Conference lacrosse champs Rumson-Fair Haven heads to yet another title game following its 6-0 demolition of Freehold Township at Toms River Saturday. The Bulldogs will be seeking their fifth consecutive title when they face undefeated Southern Regional at Monmouth University at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Shore Sports Zone has the action on video.

RFH: GIRLS HEAD TO SCT LACROSSE FINALS

The number-one seed Rumson-Fair Haven Lady Bulldogs earned a trip to the Shore Conference Tournament lacrosse finals with a 16-11 win over Colts Neck at Ocean Township Saturday. Brittany Bruno had five goals and Elizabeth Scarrone added four. The Lady Bulldogs will face Shore Regional at Monmouth University for the championship on Monday at 4 p.m. Shore Sports Zone.

RFH GIRLS CRUISE PAST RBC, 14-2

Jillian Swikart scored five goals to pace the Rumson-Fair Haven Lady Bulldogs to a dominating effort at home over Red Bank Catholic in lacrosse Wednesday.  Brittany Bruno added three goals as RFH raced out to a 6-0 halftime lead and improved to 12-1 on the season. Video highlights courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.

RFH: GIRLS OWN KEY LACROSSE MATCHUP

Brittany Bruno had five goals and Elizabeth Scarrone added three goals and four assists in a dominating performance by the Rumson-Fair Haven Lady Bulldogs in a matchup featuring two 7-1 teams. Watch the Saturday afternoon highlights from Borden Stadium courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.

RFH: 11 ATHLETES COMMIT TO COLLEGES

The ink, laughter and some tears flowed as 11 Rumson-Fair Haven student-athletes, including nine young women, committed to various colleges, where they’ll continue playing tennis, baseball, lacrosse and more starting next September. Shore Sports Zone has the full scoop, on video.

RED BANK REC GEARS UP FOR SPRING

Installers laid down rubber pellets as the base for the new artificial turf at Count Basie Fields in January. (Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

With the first day of spring less than a month away, Memone Crystian, director of Red Bank’s Parks and Recreation department, knows the throes of winter will soon be replaced by… other types of throws.

Her department has crafted a packed schedule of recreational sports for kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade to enjoy on brand new turf in coming months at Count Basie Fields. And in addition to the traditional baseball, softball and soccer offerings, lacrosse will be on the agenda.

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LACROSSE STORE TAKES AIM AT BROAD STREET

Lacrosse Unlimited plans to take the space at far right in the building above, formerly tenanted by Hip & Humble Home.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508A fast-growing, family-owned chain of stores specializing in gear for lacrosse players plans to open a shop in Red Bank.

David DeSimone, an executive with Lacrosse Unlimited, tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn the company has leased the 2,250-square-foot storefront at 58 Broad Street, most recently occupied by Hip & Humble Home, and hopes to be open by early December.

The lease would appear to stabilize a stretch of four adjoining storefronts that has seen more than its share of churn in recent years.

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RUMSON CUTS FAIR HAVEN FROM REC SPORTS

img_5139111409The change affects kids in the rowing program at Victory Park, above, and a lacrosse program. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Citing capacity issues, Rumson has dropped Fair Haven from its recreation sports partnership, a move that isn’t sitting well with coaches and parents from both riverside towns.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, Rumson’s governing body caught an earful from miffed residents who accused the borough of making a hasty decision and pleaded for officials to work harder to continue what some called the most successful recreation partnership in the area.

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