2018 Bridgewater-Raritan Girls Lacrosse Team to Open Defense of State Championship


BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan girls lacrosse team came close to perfection a year ago.

The Panthers won the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions with a 22-1 record, and the only team they lost to, Oak Knoll, they came back and defeated in the T of C final.

Ten letter winners return from that squad, which also won the state Group 4 championship en route to the overall title. Captains Tai Jankowski, a junior midfielder, senior midfielder/attack CJ Amster and senior defender Rachel White will help guide the team with their considerable skill and experience. Jankowski scored two goals in the Group 4 championship victory over Eastern Regional last season.

Sign Up for E-News

Other projected starters for the Panthers include sophomore attack/MF Madison Bray, junior attack Lizzy Escudero, freshman attack Reilly Januzzi, junior attack/defender Heather Stires, sophomore MF Kalie Moore, junior defense/MF Meghan Ball, junior defenders Sadie Herman and Dara Tracy, and senior goalie Kelsey Kaplowitz.

Head coach Alyssa Frazier is showing a bold willingness to entrust key positions to younger players to blend in with Bridgewater-Raritan's more experienced hands.

"We lost a strong senior class, but we have a lot of returning talent," Frazier said. "So I am very optimistic about the season. They are hard workers with great attitudes."

This year's team has a heck of an act to follow, but Frazier is confident that they can forge an indelible identity of their own.

"Our goals for the season include winning the (Skyland) conference, (Somerset) county, section and making it back to the state finals," Frazier said.

Bridgewater-Raritan opens its season at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Basilone Field against Hunterdon Central. After that, the Panthers will host Rumson-Fair Haven Saturday at 10 a.m.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Thu, April 19

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Les Photos de Bernie at the Wayrick ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Thu, April 19, 7:00 PM

Bridgewater Township Library, Bridgewater

Bash the Trash presents Library Bash

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, April 20

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Les Photos de Bernie at the Wayrick ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

New Jersey Association of School Librarians Urges BRRSD to Keep All Librarians

April 18, 2018

To the Editor:

The following letter was sent to the Bridgewater-Raritan school superintendent as well as members of the school board from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL).  

As the statewide organization for school library media specialists, the organization advocates for strong school library programs for all students.  NJASL is disheartened to learn that a ...

Bridgewater Police Arrest Two for $600 Theft at Lord & Taylor

April 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two were arrested March 31 for a theft of over $600 worth of merchandise from Lord & Taylor, in the Bridgewater Commons Mall, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Mariam Erkomaishvili, 35, of West Orange, and Mikheil Jalali, 38, of Brooklyn, were arrested for shoplifting after they were allegedly found with $624 worth of ...

Hidden in Plain Sight Program to Provide Tips on Recognizing Drug Use in Teens

April 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School, on Garretson Road, will be hosting "Hidden in Plain Sight," a program to help parents recognize the signs a child might be using drugs or alcohol.

The program will be held April 24 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. There will be a light dinner at 6:30 p.m.

DEA Agent Tim McMahon will speak to parents and students about the signs to look ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fair: Fun Place to Do Business

April 17, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Rotary Club of Hillsborough will provide local businesses multiple opportunities to showcase their services and connect directly with customers at its 11th annual Rotary Fair, scheduled this year for Aug. 14–19.

More than 15,000 people from Hillsborough and surrounding communities are expected to visit the weeklong family event held at the Hillsborough Promenade, ...

Bateman Bill to Require Training, Licensing for Pet Groomers

April 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-16) will introduce legislation to increase protections for family pets by requiring pet groomers to be properly trained and licensed following the deaths of three dogs in five months at different New Jersey pet salons.

“It is sadly far too common for us to read of dog grooming deaths in the news,” said Bateman.