Quakers extend their streak in style

Posted: June 10, 2007

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - When it comes to dominating in-state opponents, very few can match the Moorestown girls' lacrosse team.

The Quakers headed into yesterday's NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final with a 168-game winning streak against New Jersey opponents, and extended it to 169 against West Morris Mendham.

Group 3 champion Moorestown routed the Group 2 champion, 16-6, in the inaugural T of C final at Rutgers University's Yurcak Field.

Before the NJSIAA divided teams into groups this season, there was only one state championship to play for. Yesterday's victory marked the Quakers' eighth consecutive overall state title. Moorestown (24-3) has 15 overall.

"They all have their special feeling," Quakers coach Deanna Knobloch said. "This is probably the most rewarding, because we fought so hard to get to this position."

Moorestown had to replace nine senior starters from its 2006 squad, and the Quakers' inexperience showed in setbacks against St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School (Va.), St. Paul's School (Md.), and Mount Hebron (Md.).

"The seniors had to step up and lead this team," Knobloch said. "And they did a great job of it."

The Quakers also did a great job of responding to 2-0 and 3-1 deficits early in yesterday's game.

Junior midfielder Bridget Callahan came through with an assist from senior midfielder Giulia Giordano, closing the gap to 3-2 with 13 minutes, 47 seconds remaining in the half.

The goal sparked a 9-0 run over 18:20 to put the game out of reach.

"We didn't want to lose it," Callahan said. "We won it seven times before. We wanted to do it for the [11] seniors. Giulia Giordano and Taylor Chumney have gone through it since they were freshmen. And we just wanted to do it for them. At least I did."

It showed.

Callahan and Giordano had a huge hand in their team's scoring spree. Callahan collected two of her game-high four goals and all three of her assists during the decisive stretch. Giordano added two goals and an assist during the run. The all-American finished with three goals and two assists.

The Quakers also held the Minutemen (21-2) without a shot attempt for 21:06.

"We just didn't execute well," Mendham coach Jessica Shoulberg said. "We just didn't play our game. We had a lot of unforced errors that really let them back into the game."

Junior Virginia Weber added three goals and two assists for Moorestown.

West Morris Mendham3 3 - 6

Moorestown8 8 - 16

Goals: WMM–Kaitlyn Messinger 2, Lauren Dykstra 2, Maggie Smith, Caitlin Kelly. M–Bridget Callahan 4, Giulia Giordano 3, Virginia Weber 3, Winnie Call 2, Chelsea Gamble, Annie McGinley, Alyssa Ogle, Taylor Chumney.

Saves: WMM–Kyla Dambach 10. M–Karli Tobin 6.

Contact staff writer Keith Pompey

at 610-313-8029

or kpompey@phillynews.com.

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