By TOM WILLIAMS
Two of Ocean City High School’s sports team will get a shot at No. 1 this week.
On Monday (5pm) the undefeated OCHS girls lacrosse team will host Moorestown at Carey Stadium.
And, on Wednesday, the Raiders will take on St. Augustine Prep at 5th & Bay.
Moorestown’s girls lacrosse team is ranked No. 1 in South Jersey and No. 2 in the state by NJ.com. They are 9-2 with the only losses coming to North Jersey powers Bridgewater-Raritan and Lawrenceville Prep. The Quakers are very deep with four girls who have scored 20 or more goals this season.
It should be noted that St. Augustine (8-2), ranked No. 1 today, lost to both Malvern (PA) Prep and Bishop Eustace on Saturday and may no longer be the No. 1 team when Wednesday’s game arrives. But The Prep beat Delbarton, then ranked No. 1 in the state, a little over a week ago and defeated Mainland, 12-2.
Though pitching rotations have not been confirmed, it is expected that Delaware recruit Dan Nunan (3-0, 0.41 ERA, 34 strikeouts in 17 innings) will likely get the start for Ocean City and St. Augustine probably will choose between Penn recruit Kevin Eaise (2-0) or Villanova commit Cole Vanderslice (2-0). Vanderslice is an Ocean City resident who played on the Babe Ruth World Series champions three years ago. He has a 1.75 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 12 innings. He has hit five batters this season.
Girls Lacrosse set the stage for a big week by spanking previously undefeated Bishop Eustace, 17-4, on Saturday. Eustace was ranked among the top teams in South Jersey by some sources. Emily DiMarino scored four times for Ocean City and junior Danielle Donoghue had three goals and four assists, including the 100th goal of her career, which was celebrated by the team (above). She became the third player on the team to reach triple figures. Anna Devlin and Ashley Devlin also added three goals apiece. The Raiders led, 11-1, at halftime. Sophomore Abbey Fenton turned away half of the Eustace shots.
The game with No. 1 Moorestown on Monday is not the only big game for the Raiders this week. On Friday (6:30) Mainland will come to Carey Stadium for a game that will decide who sits atop the Cape-Atlantic League.
The Raiders have many players among the CAL stats leaders available at http://www.primeevents.net/LacrosseStats2018Girls.html.
Baseball (8-1) defeated Cedar Creek, 7-1, behind the four-hit pitching of junior A.J. Campbell (2-0), who fanned seven in six and two-thirds innings. Issac Robertson and Dom Monteleone each had two hits for Ocean City. In addition to St. Augustine on Wednesday, the Raiders will host Oakcrest on Tuesday and will face Cherokee in Mainland’s Coaches vs Cancer Classic on Saturday afternoon (4:30) in Linwood.
And there are still more big challenges for OCHS teams this week.
Boys Track (4-0) goes to Atlantic City on Tuesday were it will compete in a tri-meet with Egg Harbor Township. The undefeated Eagles are ranked No. 7 in the state by NJ.com. At the prestigious Woodbury Relays on Saturday the OCHS sprint relay team of Sean Zellers, Cian O’Donoghue, Bob Shallcross and Jesse Schmeizer (above, with coaches Steve Hoffman and Sean Matthews) finished first and won the gold watches. The Raiders were also second in the distance medley with Schmeizer, Korey Greene, Matt Zelinski and P.J. Short. OCHS finished third in team scoring. In addition to the showdown with EHT, Matt Purdue will take athletes to the Penn Relays later in the week.
Golf (7-1) has back-to-back challenges this week with the Ralph Carson Memorial Cape May County Championships on Tuesday at Shore Gate Golf Club in Ocean View and then Mainland on Wednesday at the Linwood Country Club. The Mustangs are not as strong as they have been but – hey! – its Ocean City-Mainland. The Raiders defeated Atlantic City, 153-213, on Friday with the ultimate balanced scorecard – Jack Sullivan, Isaac Royster and Matt Blaker each shot 38s and Josh Brown added a 39.
Boys Lacrosse (7-2) also faces a very good St. Augustine team on Thursday in Richland. The Prep, who only lost to Malvern (PA) Prep, is ranked among the top 20 in the state. Joe LaTorre’s team will also travel to Absegami on Monday and will host Cherry Hill East on Saturday (11am) at Carey Stadium. The Raiders defeated Holy Spirit, 13-4, with Anthony Inserra scoring four times and Chris Raniszewski three times. Christian Kuhn and Jake Schneider each had three assists and Bill Kroeger registered 11 ground balls and won 15 of 21 face-offs.
Girls Track (3-1) finished sixth at the Woodbury Relays with second place finishes in the 4×800 meter relay and distance medley. After Tuesday’s tri-meet at Egg Harbor Township with Atlantic City, Tim Cook takes his team to the Penn Relays.
Softball (2-4) suffered losses to Mainland and Cedar Creek last week. Lindsay Konick leads the team in hits, runs scored and stolen bases. John Bruno’s team is in the middle of a rare seven straight road games. The Raiders go to Oakcrest, Millville and Atlantic City this week.
Boys Tennis (6-2) had its six-match winning streak ended when Middle Township shut it out, 5-0. Ocean City will host Buena and visit Cedar Creek this week.
Follow the day-to-day results of the OCHS spring teams at http://www.oceancitysports.com/OCDiary.html.