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St. Joe's Seeking First Big North Conference Freedom Tournament Title

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St. Joseph kept rolling in the Big North Conference Freedom Tournament posting a second consecutive shutout with 5-0 win over Northern Highlands. The Green Knights have scored 15 goals in the past 2 games. In three matchups with the Highlanders, which St. Joseph has won all of them, they have scored a total of 18 goals.

“This is the sixth year in a row we have been in the championship game and so far 0 for 5,” said St. Joseph Regional Head Coach Larry Mahurter. “Glen Rock is a good team and they have our number but it’s time for us to rise to the occasion. We need to get a win to say we are a top twenty team in the state and can advance to the 2nd or 3rd round in the state tournament.”

With 9:49 left in the 1st period, Donny Cuttone scored the first of his goals on the night with a wrist shot past Northern Highlanders goaltender Richard Vincent giving St. Joseph a 1-0 lead. The Green Knights made it 2-0 with 2:59 left in the period as James Durante went 5-hole on Vincent increasing the lead to 2-0. Matt Coacciadiferro capped off the scoring with 12.5 seconds remaining (assist from Matthew McNamara).

“We never wanted to have a team feel that they can hang around for awhile and can win the game,” Mahurter said. “We got shots on goal and it was a dominating performance. It was important for us to get three goals off the bat.”

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Sunil Sunder Raj

Since July of 2014 Sunil Sunder Raj has been with In The Zone. Sunil has experience covering minor league baseball, high school and college sports. A beat writer for the Rockland Boulders for six years, Ramapo College men’s basketball for four years, NJIT men’s basketball and Seton Hall women’s basketball. Now focusing on feature articles about athletes, coaches and sports media professionals. A graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
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