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Largey, Colts Neck Roll into the Semi-Finals of NJSIAA, Group III Tournament

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#13 Ally Largey tries work past a Lawrence defender during Tuesday's state playoff game. Largey scored a game-high seven goals in the win Credits: Steve Bassin
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#3 Cam Allmers surveys the field behind the net. Allmers scored four goals and had a team-high two assists in the win. Credits: Steve Bassin
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#21 Kayla Wade defends a Lawrence player. Wade scored two goals in the win for Colts Neck. Credits: Steve Bassin
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#20 Sarah Shaughnessy makes a pass to a teammate. Shaughnessy scored four goals in the win for Colts Neck Credits: Steve Bassin
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COLTS NECK, N.J. - Big time players come up big in huge games and that’s what Ally Largey did on Tuesday afternoon. Largey scored a game-high seven goals with an assist to help lead the No. 3 seed Colts Neck High School girls lacrosse team to a dominating 17-5 win over No. 6 seed Lawrence High School. Colts Neck advances to the semifinals of the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group III Tournament.

 

“I just went out there and tried to do the most I can to help the team win,” Largey said.

The senior got the Cougars rolling early, scoring the first goals of the contest to put  Colts Neck up 3-0.

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Colts Neck’s lead was extended to five quickly, beginning with Cam Allmers finding Kayla Wade for a Cougars’ goal and then Allmers finding the net herself to make it 5-0. Largey netted her fourth goal of the half with not even ten minutes gone by to make it 6-0, Colts Neck.

 

“We utilized scoring early on our fast break opportunities,” said Colts Neck girls lacrosse coach Christine Latteri. “Making the right pass in transition and taking good shots on net.”

 

Largey and Allmer scored back-to-back goals to extend the Colts Neck lead to 8-0, before Sarah Zoll got Lawrence on the board with 10:02 left to play in the first half. Two more goals by Lawrence cut the Cougars’ lead to 8-3 with 7:36 left to go in the half.

 

Wade ended the Lawrence run for Colts Neck with her second goal of the afternoon, followed by Largey rolling around the net and knocking in her sixth goal of the contest to make a 10-3 Cougars lead.

 

“Once I get my first goal in, I just try to get a rally going and try score as many goals as I can to help the team out,” Largey said.

 

Largey scored all seven of her goals in the first half to help Colts Neck take a 12-3 lead into halftime.

 

Not like last week’s second half meltdown against Ocean, Colts Neck kept its lead on lockdown and continued to its impressive offensive performance going with Allmers scoring her third goal of the contest to make it a ten-goal lead for the Cougars.

 

Colts Neck’s Sarah Shaughnessy banged in back-to-back goals to extend it to a coming 15-3 lead for Cougars, while also becoming the third player on the team to score three or more goals in the contest.

 

Sarah Berardi cut the Colts Neck lead to 11, but Allmers answered right back for the Cougars with her fourth goal of the game.

 

Allmers finished with four goals and a team-high two assists in the win for Colts Neck.

 

With 6:25 left to play and leading now 16-5, Shaughnessy extended the Colts Neck lead back to 12 with her third goal of the half, giving the Cougars three players with four or more goals in the game.

 

“Sarah, Ally and I have a very special connection on the field,” Allmers said. “We help get each other going offensively. We do a good job feeding off each other when we’re moving around the net and finding each other when we’re open for shots on goal.”

 

After Shaughnessy’s goal, the game was ended due to lighting. NJSIAA rules state that 40 minutes played marks an official game.

 

Emma Drone and Taylor Niedzielski each had an assist in the victory for Colts Neck.

 

Berardi finished with a team-high three goals for Lawrence.

 

With the win, Colts Neck improves to 16-2 on the season.

 

Colts Neck will play either Notre Dame or Brick in the semifinals.

 

“It’s really excited to be going to the semifinals,” Latteri said. “Our team executed really well to get the win. We’ve done a great job bouncing back from some tough losses last week. We’ll see who will play in the semifinals and prepare ourselves for that team.

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