Carroll, Casner Lead CBA To Lacrosse Rout of Middletown South

April 4, 2015
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Nick Gazzillo (5) of CBA slips past Matt Gruhler (1) of Middletown South. Photo by Sean Simmons

Nick Gazzillo (5) of CBA slips past Matt Gruhler (1) of Middletown South. Photo by Sean Simmons

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP – Christian Brothers Academy, a traditional state power, has been playing lacrosse for more than 20 years while Middletown South, a three-year program that is in its second year with a varsity team, is a work in progress.

Not unexpectedly, CBA rolled to a 17-1 rout of the inexperienced Eagles Tuesday in an A Division North game that was played under the “Mercy Rule” in the second half when South had a 12-goal lead.

South’s Pat Walsh spoiled CBA’s shutout bid with a goal midway in the third quarter.

Mike Carroll, a 6-4 freshman, and sophomore Nick Casner, set the pace for the Colts with five and four goals respectively as CBA moved out a to 15-0 lead in the first half while allowing South just one shot on goal. Reserves played the second half.

“South has a young team,” said CBA coach Dave Santos. “I was able to get all of my players into the game.

“When he first came to CBA, I thought that Carroll was a transfer,” said Santos. “I was surprised to learn that he was only a freshman.

“He doesn’t play like a freshman,” Santos said. “He’s composed, is a good scorer and works hard.”

“I’ve been playing lacrosse since I was in the third grade,” said Carroll, a Freehold resident. “I wasn’t really that good in any other sport.

“Lacrosse is a great sport and I enjoy it very much,” he said. “I play lacrosse all year long.”

Casner, in contrast, is in his second year as a varsity starter, which is a rarity at CBA.

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“He started last year, so we expect a lot from him,” said Santos. “He’s the only attacker that we have that has experience. We start a freshman, sophomore and junior at that position, so we’re very young there.”

Despite the one-sided score, Middletown South coach Frank Finochio is optimistic.

“We have only three seniors,” said Finochio, whose team defeated Neptune in its opener. “We have a new program and will just try to keep working hard and get better with each game.”

— By Jim Hintelmann

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