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Jun 09, 2022

Middletown South Girls’ Lacrosse Team Gains First State Tournament Win

By Les Pierce

Caroline Bedetti led Eagles in scoring with three goals.

The Middletown High School South girls’ lacrosse team has won their first-ever state tournament game with an 11-5 victory over the Old Bridge Knights.  

Freshman standout Caroline Bedetti paced the offense with three goals. Netting two goals each were Dana Rohrmann and Emma Buthorn. Also scoring for the Eagles were Skylar O’Keefe, Grace O’Shea, Julianna Trachtenberg and Lauren Hutson.

Buthorn and Peyton Kenney were each credited with five ground balls and six draw controls. Goalie Christine Nelson added three saves to her resume. 

South launched their lacrosse program in 2014, several years after it was established as a varsity sport in the Shore Conference. The squad posted disappointing records of 7-12 in 2017 and 6-13 in 2018.  

Devan Crimi took over as head coach in 2019 and immediately turned the program around. The Eagles entered the state playoffs that year with a 13-6 record but lost a heart breaker to West Essex by a 5-3 tally.  

The 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19. In 2021, the team approached the states with a 10-3 mark but yielded to Wayne Hills in the first round.  

The win over Old Bridge advances South’s record to 14-3, and they are undefeated at 7-0 in A North Division play. Now the Eagles have a state playoff win to their credit.