Oct 222014

East Brunswick Soccer

The No. 4 seed in a county tournament and a 9-6-1 record and is nothing to sneeze at — a lot of teams around would take that resume and run with it. But there’s no denying that the expectations are a little bit higher than that for East Brunswick, the most dominant program in the history of the Greater Middlesex Conference.

A 2-0 victory against Prep power Pennington on Monday may be the start of achieving those expectations.

East Brunswick coach Kevin Brady didn’t sound panicked before the match, but  he didn’t deny that there had been some disappointing moments so far this year — four one-goal losses on the campaign came to mind. Throughout the season, Brady says his team has maintained composure, and learned from the struggles.

"It’s tremendous," Brady said of the win over Pennington. "The kids, they’ve been tremendous all year as they’ve had to deal with tough moments. They’re not used to being on the bad luck side of a couple of these results. But they’ve kept positive and they’ve given themselves a chance to be successful. And that’s the key at the end in a game like this."

Pennington was playing without star defender Alana Cook, and the East Brunswick offense took advantage of her absence. Senior forward Sydney Rosa was the offensive spark plug as she has been for most of the season, generating chances throughout the game and scoring the only two goals of the game.

via Girls Soccer: East Brunswick hopes Pennington win a sign of things to come – NJ.com.

Jun 042014

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – In an extremely tense and well played game, the Raiders of Hillsborough High School withstood a furious seventh inning rally by the Lady Bears of East Brunswick High School and ended East Brunswick’s dream of making the State Tournament. The top seeded Raiders defeated the second seeded Lady Bears on the Raiders home field, 6-4 in the championship game of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 4 Tournament.This game clearly showed why these two teams were the top seeds in the region, as neither team ever gave up, and the game literally came down to the last batter for East Brunswick. The Lady Bears started the game strongly against Raiders pitcher Katie Gademsky. Sam Smalley reached to lead the game off, and then Gabrielle Kelliher crushed a pitch to dead center field, sailing over the fence, and giving the Lady Bears a very quick 2-0 lead.  Lady Bears pitcher Lauren Assennata singled, but then Gademsky settled down and avoided any further damage.

via Lady Bears Rally Falls Just Short As East Brunswick Is Defeated By Hillsborough In Softball Final – East Brunswick NJ News – The Alternative Press.

Apr 252014

Kelliher, Assennata, Razzano lead East Brunswick over Piscataway, 8-0 - NJ.com

East Brunswick, No. 19 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, has won 10 of 11 games this season behind the strong pitching of Lauren Assennata and its consistency on the defensive side of the ball.Now the bats, led by reigning Middlesex County Player of the Year Gabrielle Kelliher, are coming to life as well.The result of those three components all coming together at one time was an 8-0 victory over Piscataway in a Greater Middlesex Conference-Red Division clash yesterday in East Brunswick.Kelliher was 3-for-3 with a walk, drove in four runs and was a double from hitting for the cycle as she smoked the ball in all three official at-bats. Samantha Smalley and Brenna Razzano added two hits each for East Brunswick. For Piscataway, junior catcher Julia Seader, a Division 1 prospect, collected her 100th career hit.

via Kelliher, Assennata, Razzano lead East Brunswick over Piscataway, 8-0 – NJ.com.

Apr 232014

Lauren Assennata pitched a one-hitter, allowed just one walk and struck out eight in five innings and East Brunswick collected 12 hits en route to a 10-0 victory over Edison in East Brunswick.

Samantha Smalley went 3-for-3 with a double and scored three runs for East Brunswick, Ashli Venokur had three hits and four RBI to lead the attack. Amanda Wortham smacked a two-run home run in the third, extending the lead to 8-0. Amanda Mercurio broke up the no-hitter with one out in fifth fifth inning with a single.

via Edison (0) at East Brunswick (10) – Softball – NJ.com.

Jul 072013

Not even Gabrielle Kelliher herself could forecast the record-breaking season she would have on the softball field this past season.The East Brunswick junior center fielder broke five school single-season offensive records, highlighted by a 14-home run season in her record-breaking campaign.“I wasn’t expecting to break these records,” said Kelliher, the Home News Tribune Softball Player of the Year. “Some of these records I didn’t even know what the final mark was until the last game, so I was just trying to stay consistent.”In addition to breaking East Brunswick’s single-season home run total with 14 dingers, Kelliher set new school marks in hits 43, RBI 42, batting average .478, and slugging percentage 1.056 while she also scored 37 runs and hit eight doubles, one triple, and drew 15 walks.

via HNT Softball Player of the Year: Gabrielle Kelliher of East Brunswick | MyCentralJersey.com | mycentraljersey.com.

Jun 062012

Shelby Lipson had a thought in mind upon stepping to the plate for East Brunswick in a crucial fourth-inning situation during yesterdays game against Middletown South in the final of the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 4 tournament.The junior first baseman wanted to succeed not only for herself, but for the teammates who had just executed so well to place a runner in prime scoring position.Lipson was batting with Gabrielle Kelliher on third base and two out in a fast-paced, scoreless game. Kelliher began the inning with a single and then moved straight to third on a gutsy hustle play off a Caitlin Hertels well-placed sacrifice bunt along the third base line.

via East Brunswick 1 at Middletown South 0, NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, Central Jersey, Group 4 – Softball – NJ.com.

Jun 032012

Monroe, the second seed, lost in last year’s final to Woodbridge, 1-0. Top-seeded East Brunswick, which beat Monroe, 3-1, in the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 4 semifinals on Tuesday, had a 20-game winning streak snapped. East Brunswick is No. 8 in The Star-Ledger Top 20.

via Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament softball final result: Monroe shuts out East Brunswick, wins championship in the seventh – NJ.com.

May 302012

Kelliher’s three-run, line-drive home run to center in the fifth inning led top-seeded East Brunswick to a 3-1 victory over fourth-seeded Bishop Ahr in the semifinals of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament in South Plainfield on Monday.

via Greater Middlesex Conference softball tournament results: East Brunswick, Monroe advance to championship game | NJ.com.

May 142012

East Brunswick, No. 11 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, was awarded the top seed for the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, which gets under way Monday with six games in the Play-In Round at the higher seed.

Monroe, which needs a win on Saturday over North Brunswick to clinch the White Division title, was a surprise No. 2 pick over Edison, which is ranked No. 8 in the state. An Edison win over Old Bridge yesterday would have clinched a tie with East Brunswick for the Red Division title. East Brunswick and Edison split this season.

via East Brunswick awarded No. 1 seed for GMC softball tournament | NJ.com.

May 012012

The Bears, ranked No. 2 in the Home News Tribune, had to go back to playing in a tight game on Saturday as their senior ace, Beth Ann Hyland, and J.P. Stevens junior Rebecca Coleman kept trading zeros in the circle.

East Brunswick finally broke through in the top of the fifth when cleanup hitter Caitlen Hertel ripped a two-out, two-run single down the third base line to put the Bears ahead 2-0 and they would go on to defeat No. 9 Stevens 4-0 in the Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division battle for their sixth straight win.

via Softball: East Brunswick gets just enough on offense to beat J.P. Stevens | MyCentralJersey.com | MyCentralJersey.com.