GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - The Southern Regional High School boys lacrosse team's offense swarmed around the Absegami net for nearly the whole first quarter in their nonleague game Monday.
Southern scored seven goals in the quarter and went on to beat the host Braves 15-1.
Sophomore attackman Dylan Jinks topped the Rams with three goals and two assists. Sophomore Sean McManus added two goals and three assists, while seniors Tyler Lipositz and Al Manzo each had two goals and one assist. Chris Smith, a sophomore, scored the first two goals of the game.
Southern (4-0) has outscored opponents 58-7 this season. Absegami fell to 1-2.
Jinks scored a goal from Lipositz in the first quarter. He added a goal on a grounder in the second quarter and put in Southern's 14th goal during a running clock in the fourth quarter.
"We had an all-around good offensive and defensive game," said Jinks, 16. "A lot of our younger guys got (playing time). The pressure comes in big games, but we don't take anyone lightly."
Southern was 17-4 last year and finished second to Jackson Memorial in the Shore Conference A South. The Rams host Jackson Memorial at 7 p.m. Saturday in a showdown on the school's football field.
"We've got some veterans who've played together a few years, and we're starting to come into our own," Southern coach John Pampalone said. "Our defense has been lockdown all year. We have the ability to score at multiple spots. We're looking to make some things happen."
Smith scored twice less than five minutes into the game. Brendan Mullen passed from behind the net to Brian Dunphey, who scored on a low shot to make it 3-0 with 6 minutes, 32 seconds left in the quarter. McManus' first goal made it 4-0.
"We had a big first quarter and finished the ball," said Mullen, a 16-year-old junior. "We always come out hard."
Absegami senior defender Justin Peek was hit in the helmet by a hard Southern shot late in the second quarter and went down. Peek was awake but didn't get up, and play was halted for nearly a half-hour as he was taken to Atlantic City Medical Center-Mainland Division. He had no concussion and was released.
The Braves got on the board with 4:09 left in the third quarter as Kyle Kirvay took the ball upfield and scored to make it 13-1.
Southern goalie Brendan Lefanto had nine saves, and Absegami keeper Collin Wiener made seven saves.
"Southern is a very physical team, and when they had ball opportunities they never stopped moving the ball," Absegami coach Scott Winneberger said. "Their school has many good athletes and a lot of them were on the field today. We didn't play up to our potential today and I think we got a little overwhelmed."
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Southern Regional 7 5 1 2-15
Absegami 0 0 1 0-1
Goals-D. Jinks (3), Lipositz (2), Manzo (2), McManus (2), Smith (2), Mullen, Dunphey, Dowd, Behr S. Kirvay A.
Goalies-Lefanto (9) A. Wiener (7) A.
Records-Southern 4-0; Absegami 1-2.