Young Red Bank Regional Girls Lacrosse Squad Looks to Finish Season Strong By John Sorc

LITTLE SILVER – Coming off a 12-7 season that saw them graduate eight seniors off last year’s varsity squad, the Red Bank Regional girls lacrosse team is going through a different phase this season.

“Our girls have been working very hard this year, but we need to do a better job of playing the full 50 minutes of the game,” third year head coach Brook Connell said.

Perhaps that can be expected early on with an inexperienced group. The team has two freshman starting on varsity this season in Madeline Kelly and Emily Dee, who is the team’s goalie.

“Emily has really stepped up,” Connell said. “This is a big role to fill, not only being the goalie, but doing so as a freshman playing against girls that are so much older than her. She has been doing really well and gaining confidence every game.”

There are three things in tryouts that Connell looks for, and that was especially important this season with so many open roster spots.

“When we have tryouts, we look for girls that have the most athletic ability, but also have good stick skills and game experience,” Connell said.

The Bucs are 5-4 overall and 4-4 in B North. They possess one of the Shore’s leading scorers in junior Meghan Murray, who has 36 goals this season and reached 100 career goals as a sophomore.

Also serving as key returners this season are senior captains Maggie Davis and Molly O’Mara, juniors Callie Haytaian and Mia Conti, and sophomore Claudia Kelly, who leads the team with 14 assists and is third with 12 goals.

Going through the division schedule a second time, Connell is hoping seeing familiar teams again, as well as her younger players having more experience under their belts, will help the girls win more games.

“We want to take the games that we lost and take away everything that happened in those games in a positive way so we can figure out what we need to do to win against that specific team the next time we play them,” Connell said. “More game planning and specific pre

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