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Final push for playoffs, titles and leaders

Final push for playoffs, titles and leaders

The South Jersey Times-area lacrosse world is sorting things out.

There are less than 10 days until the May 18 playoff cutoff with the tournament starting four days later.

The Gloucester Cup championship games have been determined. Kingsway will host a double-header against Clearview on May 16 with the girls starting at 4 pm

Kingsway won the South Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse League’s boys American Division.

The SJILL girls Liberty and National Divisions are still up in the air. Timber Creek needs to complete sweeps of Triton and Highland to clinch at least a share of the Liberty with Collingswood. Williamstown needs a win against sterling and a Haddon Township loss to Haddon Heights to split the National.

On the playoff front, seven girls teams and five boys teams have punched their playoff tickets, with seeding still at stake.

That leaves the Timber Creek and Triton girls, plus the Gloucester Catholic boys firmly on the bubble, hoping to strengthen their playoff resumes.

With most of the regular season team goals well on their way to being decided, it is a good time to take a look at the very best scorers and goal keepers in the South Jersey Times area.

The best boys goal keepers include three players with very different tasks. Clearview’s Rocco McEvoy is among the strongest goalkeepers on one of the area’s top teams. West Deptford’s Zack Gugel plays behind a team that is struggling in the win column but building from the crease on out. Chase Kephart of Williamstown has been a big reason that the Braves are firmly entrenched in a playoff spot with and outside chance to host a first-round game.

Woodstown sniper Robert Donahue has 55 goals, 17 more than the next closest group of scorers — Jordan Foley (Williamstown, 38), Robbie Finnnegan (Washington Township, 36) and Dalton DiRosa (Triton).

The best SJT boys distributor is West Deptford’s Nick Senatore, who has 30 assists.

Senatore has other ambitions as well, with 32 goals, he trails Donahue 63-62 for the lead in points. Finnegan is third with 59 points.

Gateway’s Lindsay Baxter is separating herself from the pack for the SJT girls points lead. Baxter has 78 points with 54 goals and 24 assists.

Baxter points lead is challenged by Clearview’s Avery Roberts with 66 points and Ally Phalines of Kingsway with 69.

Brooke Alessandrini of Washington Township leads the SJT scoring race with 56 goals. This race will go down to the final game of the season as Phalines has 55 and Baxter 54.

Roberts is in good position to take the playmaker crown. Roberts has 37 assists, with Baxter trailing with 24 helpers.

Among goalkeepers, West Deptford’s Madison Warlow has the Eagles in contention for a home playoff game. Morgan Edwards makes Our Lady of Mercy a legitimate contender in the Non-Public race. Leah Roe has kept Washington Township on track to make a lengthy Group 4 playoff run.

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