STAFFORD - Ben LoParo and Aniello Russo each had a goal and an assist and Anthony Firmani and Cade Johnson each had a goal to lead fifth-seeded Southern to a 4-2 victory over 12th-seeded Howell in the first round of the South Jersey, Group 4 tournament at home. 

Ryan Comfort had one assist and Maul Luke made 16 saves for Southern, which advanced to Saturday's quarterfinals and will face the winner between 13th-seeded Cherry Hill East and fourth-seeded Monroe.

James Fay and Vaughn Meehan each had a goal and Joseph Sorrentino and Logan Dennison each had an assist for Howell.

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Nick Roberto had 10 saves in the loss.

Howell

PLAYER SV GA W L T
Nick Roberto                            10 4 0 1 0

Southern

PLAYER SV GA W L T
Maul Luke                                 16 2 1 0 0

Offense

Howell

PLAYER G A PTS.
Logan Dennison                             - 1 1
James Fay 1 - 1
Vaughn Meehan 1 - 1
Joseph Sorrentino - 1 1

Southern

PLAYER G A PTS.
Ryan Comfort                                 - 1 1
Anthony Firmani 1 - 1
Cade Johnson 1 - 1
Ben LoParo 1 1 2
Aniello Russo 1 1 2