By Brian Deakyne
RUMSON — The Bulldogs used an eight-goal third quarter to pull away from St. Rose, Monday night in a 17-2 thumping at Borden Stadium.
Senior captain Jack Curran scored a team-high four goals — including the first three of the game — and RFH had goals from nine different players, including six that scored multiple goals.
Rumson-Fair Haven held a dominant 6-0 lead at halftime, but came out of the gates firing, getting two early goals from George Massabni, who started in place on injured attackman Michael Clarke. Rumson added six goals over the final 5:36 of the quarter, taking a trouncing 14-1 lead into the fourth quarter.
Christian Mindnich scored two goals within a minute of each other, and Hunter Rotchford squeaked a goal in between Mindnich’s two to add to the Bulldogs’ lead in the third quarter. Massabni ripped his third goal of the quarter with time winding down.
Dominic Padula also added a goal in the third quarter.
“Our whole thing was that we needed to execute on our game plan, and we had to do what we wanted,” Rumson-Fair Haven head coach Reid Jackson said. “It’s a good practice. Every team that comes and plays wants to come against us hard. I give them [St. Rose] a ton of credit they came at us and played with a lot of heart.”
Curran scored his first goal less than three minutes into the game, taking a pass from linemate Chris Sutphen and burying the shot past St. Rose goalie Sean Onoshko. The Villanova-bound senior added another goal late in the first quarter, taking a pass from Ryan McCausland at the top of the box and throwing the shot into the back of the net.
After the Bulldogs led 2-0 after the first quarter, Curran put home his third consecutive goal early in the second quarter, receiving a feed from Dan Babiak and burying the left-handed shot, putting RFH up 3-0.
Sam Atkinson, who was asked to move from midfield to attack for the game, added his first of two goals in the second quarter, along with goals from Padula and Mike Villane, pushing their halftime lead to 6-0, all before the Purple Roses were even able to register a shot.
“We film every game, and everyone gets to see what they’re doing right and what they’re doing wrong. Everyone is held accountable, we tell everyone to bring all of their talents,” Jackson said. “Jack Curran, he’s going to play division-one lacrosse next year, he’s got a lot of talents. If he doesn’t bring all of them, he’s letting his team down.
“Today we had Sam Atkinson, he was the player of the game. He stepped up. We told him he had to play the right side and he’s a lefty, he scored two right-handed goals. That’s going above and beyond his capabilities and he did a great job.”
Rotchford and Atkinson each added their second goals of the game in the fourth quarter and Thomas Klemser put home a goal as well, adding to the Bulldogs lead.
“I put it on them, they’ve got to motivate themselves. Every other team that comes here is motivated to beat us,” Jackson said.