BY ELLA BROCKWAY, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ’17
This is the second edition of the Buc Sports Weekly, your recap of this week in RBR sports.
Girls’ Soccer (5-11, 3-9)
The Bucs finished their regular season on a high note with a 7-4 road win over Ranney on Wednesday. Senior midfielder Grace Dengler had a hat trick for the Bucs. Sophomore midfielder Kay Franzese, freshman Maggie Cahill, senior forward Jenna Holly and junior forward Britaney Gonzalez each scored one goal. Sophomore forwards Amy Oliva and Alexis Disbrow and freshman midfielder Liva Helt each had two assists on the day. Wednesday’s big win means that the Bucs will enter the first round of the North Jersey, Section 2 Group 3 state tournament as the #14 seed this week on a positive note.
A Central rank: 6th
What’s next: at Mendham (state tournament, 11/01, 4 P.M.)
Football (3-4, 3-3)
In the last ten days, the Bucs went 1-1, even though they only actually played one game. It was announced last Saturday that Holmdel forfeited the September 30 game that had previously been postponed. This boosted the Bucs’ record to 3-3 on the season. The Bucs then faced off against the Red Bank Catholic Caseys on Friday night in a rematch of last year’s unforgettable 24-21 RBR win. But the Bucs struggled to crack the strong RBC defense this time, and fell in a 35-0 loss. Junior quarterback Stephen Navitsky finished with 43 passing yards on six completions, and senior linebacker Chris Outterbridge had a good night with 18 rushing yards, 34 receiving yards, and a team-high five tackles on the defensive end. The Bucs have two regular season games left (next week against Raritan and on Thanksgiving against Long Branch), and for more on the Bucs’ chances to make the playoffs, see this article from the Asbury Park Press.
A Central rank: 3rd
From the field: “It was definitely a tough week for us, battling all week at practice and Friday night, but we have trust and confidence in each other to bounce back this upcoming week against Raritan.” – junior quarterback Stephen Navitsky;“We had a tough week, but we’re looking to bounce back this week.” – senior linebacker Chris Outterbridge
What’s next: Raritan (11/04, 7 P.M.)
Field Hockey (6-11-1, 3-6-1)
The Bucs wrapped up their final week of the season with a state tournament loss and then a final win at home to officially close out the year. The Bucs lost a tight 2-1 game in overtime to Lawrence in the first round of the Central Jersey, Group 2 tournament on Monday. Senior forward Michelle Mazzucca scored the lone goal for the Bucs, and goalie Tara Clark had 10 saves. The season ended with a 5-1 win over Ranney on Tuesday. Senior midfielder/defender Ricci Bigelow scored three goals for the Bucs, and fellow seniors Mazzucca and Amanda Annaruma each added a goal.
A Central rank: 4th
From the field: “We started this season in a new division, not really knowing the teams, but we worked hard in our practices and put our best effort into the games. We all had an awesome time playing together and ended the season with a good win.” – senior Amanda Annaruma
Girls’ Tennis (13-8, 10-6)
The Bucs finished their season with a 4-1 win over division rival St. John Vianney. The Bucs also had a strong showing at last weekend’s Monmouth County Tournament, as junior Abby Decker finished in second place overall with a huge win over 2015 champion Halah Davis (Shore) in the semifinals. This is the Bucs’ third straight winning season, and is an especially memorable one because of the team’s historic win over Rumson-Fair Haven earlier this month. Girls’ tennis has been one of the strongest teams at RBR recently: in the past two years, the Bucs have defeated historically strong opponents like Wall, Ocean, St. John Vianney and RFH, have lost close matches (close meaning 3-2 or 4-1) to powerhouses like Holmdel, Red Bank Catholic and Shore. The Bucs will return six out of their seven starters next fall, and with new talent consistently coming in, the future looks incredibly bright for girls’ tennis.
N.J. Section II Group 3 rank: 6th
From the court: “We had a truly amazing season although we moved to a tougher division, and I think that beating RFH at the end of the season gives us something to look forward to for next season. We all need to continue to work hard during the offseason, and be ready to get to work and improve for next year.” – junior first doubles player Bridget Tobin
Boys’ Soccer (7-8-2, 5-5-2)
The Bucs went 1-1 in their final stretch of the regular season before the state tournament begins this week. The Bucs started the week with a 5-0 win over Ranney on Tuesday. Senior forward Chris Fuentes scored three goals, and senior midfielder Theo Cheevers and freshman midfielder Aden Castell also scored. Junior keeper Jack MaCPherson recorded his fifth shutout of the season. Junior midfielder Ian Birn scored the Bucs’ only goal in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Monmouth Regional, and MacPherson finished with four saves. The Bucs will enter the Central Jersey Group 2 as the #13 seed this week.
A Central rank: 5th
From the field: “Coming off a rough week, we’re looking to bounce back and make a run in states. We’ve been preparing for this for a long time, and it means a lot to all of the seniors.” – senior forward Chris Fuentes
What’s next: at West Windsor-Plainsboro North (state tournament, 10/31, 4 P.M.)
Boys’ Cross Country
The Bucs finished 7th out of 23 teams at Friday’s Shore Conference Championships at Ocean County Park with an average 5K time of 16:34. Senior Ryan Humelsine ran a career-best 15:56 and finished 19th overall in the Boys’ Varsity 5K. Sophomore Tyler Schwinn (16:18, 34th) and junior Trey Soya (16:36, 49th) also placed in the top 50.
From the course: “We had a really great showing on Friday, with so many guys running their personal bests. The team is really looking forward to Sectionals this coming Saturday, and hoping to move on from there.” – junior Sam Goldzweig, who finished with a personal best of 16:56; “We were running without one of our top seven runners, but we still managed to do really well. The average time for our top five runners was 16:34, and we haven’t been that fast in over five years!” – senior Ryan Humelsine
What’s next: NJSIAA Sectionals North II (11/5, Greystone Park )
Girls’ Cross Country
The Bucs finished 6th out of 23 teams at Friday’s Shore Conference Championships at Ocean County Park with an average 5K time of 19:25. Junior Charlotte Cochrane finished 12th overall in the Girls’ Varsity 5K with a time of 18:48. The Bucs’ freshmen trio of Catherine Wimmer, Claudia Kelly and Faye Porter continued to send shockwaves throughout the Shore, as each runner finished with a sub-20:00 time (Wimmer: 19:04, 23rd; Kelly: 19:41, 45th; Porter: 19:53, 57th.)
From the course: “We’re starting to get our momentum back after a tough day at the Monmouth County Championships, and we’re looking strong going into states.” – senior Kristen Haynes, who finished 43rd overall with a time of 19:40
What’s next: NJSIAA Sectionals North II (11/5, Greystone Park)