Field Hockey: Point Pleasant Boro breaks the no. 6 curses, shuts out Barnegat

NOTE: This will be updated with photos by tomorrow morning.

Ryane Fisahn and Caroline DeKenipp have been a powerful tandem for years.

DeKenipp joined the program as a freshman in 2020 when Fisahn was a sophomore. The two entered 2022 combining for 99 goals in two years playing together, including 63 last fall.

Their situational awareness, vision, communication and leadership skills continue to develop with each passing day.

“From the start when they came to us they both had very creative skillsets,” said Point Pleasant Boro coach Kelly Carr. “Their hands are great. They can do very cool things stick-work-wise. Ryane has incredible speed and Caroline is just physically strong. They’re both just very dynamic players and they’re able to weave their way through traffic and go at speed and make some cool things happen.”

Fisahn scored three times and DeKenipp added two goals to help Point Pleasant Boro, No. 6 in the Top 20, roll past Barnegat in a battle between Shore Conference unbeatens on Thursday in Point Pleasant.

With the win, Point Pleasant Boro snaps the curse of the No. 6 ranking. Prior to them taking over this spot, Bishop Eustace and North Hunterdon held it and went a combined 0-4.

“I just think the way we play is very dynamic,” said Fisahn. “We’re always trying to connect passes to each other and I think we both have a good vision of the field. Since we’ve been playing together in high school we’ve had really good chemistry. It’s been nice to play with her for the past three years.”

Through seven games, the pair have a total of 25 goals, just under half of the team’s total offense.

For Fisahn, she now leads the team with 14 goals and is 28 away from reaching a personal goal of 100 in her career. That’s not her only focus, though.

“It’s a goal for me to reach 100 goals, but something I really want to work on this year is assisting,” she said. “That’s honestly one of my favorite things. It’s nice when you make a pass and that person can score. Goals are important but assists are the best thing.”

Both Fisahn and DeKenipp have worked hard on getting more players involved and it’s working.

Codi Damerau and Shayne Lada have benefited from that mindset. Damerau had two goals and two assists in the win. The freshman has adapted to the varsity game quickly and already has five goals and three assists on the season. Lada also scored.

Anna Doblovosky stopped all three shots to record the shutout. Through seven games, Dovlovosky has yet to allow a single goal.

“I think it took us a little to find our groove but when we found it we’ve been very successful this season,” DeKenipp said. “We want to accomplish big things. Last year coming from that loss in the Shore Conference Tournament really fired us up. We’re ready for the big games this year.”

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