ROXBURY, NJ - The winning ways of the Roxbury High School girls lacrosse team were in full display today as the Gaels clobbered Cranford to advance in the NJSIAA first-round tournament.
Roxbury, seeded sixth, defeated the 11th-seeded Cranford 15-5 playing in damp and chilly weather at home in Succasunna. Roxbury was leading 11-0 after the first half.
The competition is likely to be tougher Thursday when the Gaels take on No. 3 seed Millburn in a quarterfinal game.
In today's effort, Melissa Murphy and Emily Stanich each scored four goals. Murphy, a senior midfielder, also made three assists, as did Cassidy Miller.
Elizabeth "Biz" Poissant and Lauren Torn each found the back of the net twice while Miller, Tara Roumes and Fiona Sparano contributed to the cause with a goal each. Poissant had one assist, her 28th of the season, a school record.
Guarding the goal for Roxbury, junior Mary Piccitto made four saves for her 24th career win. Piccitto, earlier this month, reached the 200-saves landmark; she's now at 218. Piccitto is now the all-time leader in wins for Roxbury girls lacrosse goaltenders.
The Gaels won the conference championship on May 7 with an 8-6 victory over West Morris Central. It was the team's first conference championship since 2013, and the third in the program's 19-year history as a varsity team, said coach Kevin Bewalder.
"I've always found that senior leadership is a true indicator of how teams perform in tough situations, and I truly believe that we have reaped the rewards of having four dedicated and hard working seniors this year," Bewalder said recently.
Roxbury is now 14-5 overall and 6-1 in its league. "The girls have their sights on surpassing the 15-win seasons from the last two years," the coach said.