By Brian Deakyne
RUMSON — Just in case the Rumson-Fair Haven girls lacrosse program needed a pick-me-up win, there’s no one the Lady Bulldogs would enjoy that win over more than Red Bank Regional.
In the latest edition of the Ridge Road rivalry, Rumson-Fair Haven avenged a one-goal loss to Shore Regional from a week earlier, using five goals from Claire Scarrone to crush the Lady Bucs, 19-5, Monday night at Borden Stadium.
Rumson-Fair Haven scored five goals on their first five possessions, jumping out to a 5-0 lead less than five minutes into the game, taking control early and neutralizing RBR’s Clara Osmont en route to a blowout win at home.
“We knew that they had a couple good players and we just kind of keyed in on them,” Rumson-Fair Haven head coach Amy O’Keefe said. “I had confidence in my team and we just need to keep moving forward.”
Scarrone scored four of her five goals in the first half to help the Lady Bulldogs and added her last goal mid-way through the second half.
In all, RFH got goals from nine different players, getting multiple goals from seven of those players. The 19 goals registered for RFH is a season-high for the Lady Bulldogs.
Emily Knapp opened the game with a goal on the opening possession for RFH and Claire Scarrone and Mary Scarrone each added their first goals of the night in successive possessions.
Emily Volker and Claire Scarrone each scored again before Red Bank had a chance to recover, with the Lady Bulldogs moving out to a 5-0 lead with over 20 minutes remaining in the first half.
Rumson-Fair Haven’s defensive focus was on Red Bank’s Osmont and after winning a the majority of draws throughout the game, they were able to hold the Lady Bucs’ captain off the scoreboard.
“I knew what she was all about. The girls did a great job,” O’Keefe said.
Red Bank Regional was led by Murphy Davis, who scored three times for the Lady Bucs, using a strong inside move twice to beat the Rumson-Fair Haven defense.
Jazz VanLoon added the final goal in the second half for Red Bank Regional, who witnessed their first loss of the season after starting 3-0.
“I think the draw controls, especially in the very beginning of the game set the momentum in the first half and in the beginning of the second half, too,” O’Keefe said. “It’s really a momentum builder because you get the ball and the possession and the other team can’t score if they don’t have the ball.”
Mary Scarrone finished with four goals behind her sister and Knapp, Emily Hayes, Bridget Curran and Volker each added two goals for Rumson-Fair Haven.