RFH Girls Lacrosse

October 8th, 2013

RFH Girls’ Lacrosse Reclaims Shore Conference Tournament Crown
Rumson — After a disappointing loss in the Shore Conference Tournament finals last year, where they had hoped to gain their second consecutive victory, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Girls’ Lacrosse Team was determined to reclaim its crown in 2013.
They achieved that goal by defeating Red Bank Catholic 14-8 in the Shore Conference Lacrosse final at Monmouth University. It was the Bulldogs’ sixth appearance in the Shore Conference Final and their second title, both under Coach Amy O’Keefe. 
The RFH Boy’s Lacrosse Team also prevailed in their Shore Conference Tournament, providing RFH with dual honors this year.
“This is my tenth year of coaching, and this was the year that the girls truly came together as a team,” said O’Keefe. “I am proud of the players because there were no standouts this year, so they all contributed equally.”  
The team ended their season with a record of 18-6, and made it to the Group II South Semi-Finals where they lost to Allentown by one goal. Their schedule this year included three games against rival Red Bank Catholic, all of which were won by the RFH team. 
RBC entered the Shore Conference Tournament as the No. 2 seed, with RFH as the No. 1 seed.
O’Keefe noted that all seven of her seniors were starters, and that five of those seven plan to play in college. “I am thrilled that the girls will continue to enjoy the sport,” she said.
Senior Midfielder Kelsey Cuje will be playing for Rutgers University in New Brunswick, while Annie Gilbertson will be providing defense for Bucknell University in Lewisburg, 
Pennsylvania. Goalie Maddie Mullen will be playing for Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and Jesse Yorke will be providing defense for Middlebury College in Vermont. Attacker Emily Knapp will be on the field for the University of Colorado in Boulder.
In addition, junior Attacker Nicolette Dunphy has made a verbal commitment to play for Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Junior Midfielder Bridget Curran has verbally committed as well, to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
The RFH girls have not only worked well as a team but have also been singled out for individual honors. Junior Attacker Mary Scarrone has been named a 1st Team All American selection. Cuje, Gilbertson, and Curran have been chosen for the First Team All Shore.   Mullen, who was named team MVP, and Dunphy have been selected for the 2nd Team All Shore.
“All of the girls’ games were fun to watch,” said O’Keefe. “Although I will miss my graduating seniors I am looking forward to next year, when we will build on this team’s momentum and have a phenomenal season.”
Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations
mkampfe@rumsonfairhaven.org or 908-347-8885

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