Moorestown girls' lacrosse team looks to reclaim T of C title

Posted: June 10, 2012

For the benefit of the scientifically challenged sportswriters asking her questions, Amanda Currell made sure to talk slowly.

"OK," the senior goalie of the Moorestown girls' lacrosse team said. "At 211 degrees, water is just hot. At 212, it boils and creates steam. Steam powers a locomotive."

She smiled.

"So it's that extra degree that really gets you going."

Hence: 212, the rallying cry for this year's Moorestown team.

And it's fitting. Because, like a locomotive, the Quakers are again barreling into the Tournament of Champions title game, scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday against Group 2 champion Chatham at Kean University. They have rarely been tested in any of their 25 games, all of them wins.

But that was just the buildup to this season's second slogan, plastered on T-shirts regularly worn by Moorestown players and coaches:

"Honor the Past. Reclaim the Future."

Since its 228-game, in-state win streak - including 10 consecutive state titles - was snapped in the 2010 sectional finals, Moorestown has yet to take back the state's ultimate prize.

"We've worked so hard for so long for this," Currell said. "We can't wait to play. It's going to be so exciting."

The win would be especially meaningful for Currell.

The Rutgers recruit, who has shined in the postseason, spent the first three years of her high school career as a backup.

In her first varsity season, Currell is in position not just to bring a T of C title back to Moorestown, but also, according to coach Deanna Knobloch, to help the program to its first 26-win season.

"To be a part of that, after only playing varsity for one season, would be so special," Currell said.

Chatham enters Saturday after topping Group 4 champion Ridgewood in the semifinals.

Ridgewood was the two-time defending T of C champion - the team that trailed Moorestown for almost the entirety of last year's title game before stealing a one-goal win on a late surge.

Most Quakers said it would have been nice to have had another shot at Ridgewood.

"When that final horn blew last year, I just looked at my teammate Sydney Dalmass and said, 'Is this really happening?' " said sophomore Marie McCool, who netted her 100th career goal in Tuesday's semifinal win over Glen Ridge. "I just wanted to keep playing."

That's not to say that a win over Chatham (23-2) would be any less satisfying for the players or the storied program they represent.

"It's what we've worked for since Day One," Knobloch said. "What I think would be most important is to share it with these seniors.

"They've led the program to this point. If they can finish off with a 26-0 season, they've accomplished something nobody ever has in this program.

"It's reclaiming the future. This is their chance to take it back."

Tournament of Champions Final

Who: Moorestown (25-0) vs. Chatham (23-2).

When: Saturday, 5 p.m.

Where: Kean University.

Fast facts: Moorestown has made 26 state-final appearances and won a state-record 18 crowns - 15 NJSIAA championships and three Tournament of Champions titles. (The T of C was established in 2007.) Chatham has won three group titles (group championships were established when the T of C was created), but this is the team's first state-final appearance.

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