Brendan Mullen wasn't trying to steal teammate Dylan Jinks' thunder on Tuesday.

The two are friends.

Mullen and Jinks simply proved just how potent the Southern Regional High School boys lacrosse team's attack can be.

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Jinks netted his 100th career goal early in the fourth quarter on Tuesday and was quickly given the ball he scored the goal with by coach John Pampalone.

It's a good thing Pampalone brought extras.

Just five minutes and 13 seconds later, Mullen scored his 100th career goal and received the same treatment.

The top-seeded Rams cruised to a 14-5 win against No. 8 seed Egg Harbor Township in a South Jersey Group IV match.

Southern, No. 4 in The Press Elite 11, will host Lenape on Thursday in the semifinals.

Scoring 100 goals is a nice career by any standard.

The feat is even more impressive when considering Mullen is a junior and Jinks is only a sophomore.

"It's a great accomplishment for them," Pampalone said. "They have been starters since day one."

Jinks challenged two defenders before beating Eagles goalkeeper Christian Custodio early in the fourth to give Southern a 12-4 lead.

"It's awesome," Jinks said. "Growing up as a little kid I always wanted the record. Brad Gesser holds the record for goals in a career with 128 and I have always wanted to break that."

Mullen started and ended the scoring for the Rams (16-1) on Tuesday.

Mullen scored twice in the first period and twice more in the second.

His fifth and final goal capped off the scoring with five minutes left in the fourth.

"It's a great accomplishment," Mullen said of his 100th. "I never really tried to strive for it. I've always just been determined out on the field and it came to me."

Mullen said he feeds off of Jinks and vice-versa.

"I knew he was going to come in strong when he was a freshman," Mullen said. "I knew I had a little competition, but it's friendly competition to make each other better."

Part of what makes Jinks and Mullen so good is the slew of talented players around them.

Mullen scored five and Jinks added a hat trick, but perhaps equally as impressive was that seven different Rams found the back of the net.

"We have people that can score from every position," Jinks said. "We have people that can dodge and find other people so we're a good all-around team.

"We have been playing with each other the past two years and we know where people are going to be."

Tyler Lipositz had two goals and a team-high five assists.

Connor Houghton and Ryan King each scored twice to lead the Eagles, who ended the season with a 14-6 record.

Southern Regional has now outscored its opponents by a combined 29-5 in two playoff games.

Pampalone and the Rams will look for more of the same explosiveness on Thursday against Lenape.

"The nice thing about us is that we can really score from all six spots on the field," Pampalone said. "We have five guys with 25-plus goals and one closing in on 20.

"When you take something away from us and we're patient enough, we can find the open guy and the matchup that we really like."

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Egg Harbor Township 1 0 3 1-5

Southern Regional 2 4 4 4-14

Goals-Houghton (2), King (2), Baumgartel EHT; Mullen (5), Jinks (3), Lipositz (2), Smith, McManus, Henken, Manzo SR.

Goalies-Custodio (8) EHT; LeFanto (7) SR.

Records-EHT 14-6; Southern 16-1.

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