By Brian Deakyne
RED BANK — Junior attackman Chris Whitlock didn’t have to look far for his go-to guy, last Saturday.
Whitlock found fellow classmate and good friend, junior Callahan Whaley three times for goals in the second half, helping Red Bank Catholic slide past St. John Vianney, 9-4, at Count Basie Park.
The three goals from that duo energized a Caseys team that held a two-goal lead over the one-win Lancers at halftime.
“They’re actually really good friends on and off the field,” Red Bank Catholic head coach Rich Eichner said. “I guess when they hang out they talk about stuff and they really connected well today.”
Whaley scored one goal in the third quarter and two more in the fourth quarter, cutting from the top of the box towards the crease, and Whitlock hit him in perfect stride from behind the cage for Red Bank Catholic, who out-scored St. John Vianney 5-2 in the second half.
Sophomore Andrew Porzio opened the second half with a goal just over two minutes into the frame, dodging to the outside and scoring low while getting shoved to the ground. Less than a minute later, Whaley scored his first goal to extend the Caseys’ lead to 6-2.
Whaley added goals on back-to-back possessions to open the fourth quarter, pushing the Casey’s lead to 8-3 with 9:38 remaining in the game.
The Lancers put up a fight, getting three goals from Dylan Quinn to keep it close, but RBC was too strong, and wore them down throughout the day.
“Anytime you have Red Bank Catholic and St. John Vianney going at it, in any sport, it’s going to be a good game,” Eichner said. “We knew it was going to be a hard fought game, and we just wanted to be quick with the ball.”
Red Bank Catholic was quick early. Sophomore Ryan Coolahan took a pass from Whaley with 9:05 left in the first quarter, made one move to the inside and ripped the shot into the net to give RBC the early lead.
Senior Joshua Berbick added a goal less than a minute later, scoring from the slot with 8:23 left in the quarter, but the Caseys’ offense stalled there and they did not score again until early in the second quarter.
“It was tough, they’re goalie came up with some really big saves. We just knew that we wanted to keep the ball moving quick to beat their zone. It was tough early but we were able to get some good looks in the second half and finish them,” Eichner said.
Freshman Michael DeMonte took a pass from Porzio in the opening possession of the second quarter and scored from just inside the slot to give RBC the 3-1 advantage and senior Doug Whitlock added a jumpshot score later in the quarter to push their lead back to 4-2.