Haddonfield's Ng using tennis skills playing lacrosse

Haddon Heights' Marissa Beebe is safe at third base, ahead of the throw to Triton's Kelsey Funk on a first-inning play. Beebe later scored to give the Garnets a 2-0 lead.
Haddon Heights' Marissa Beebe is safe at third base, ahead of the throw to Triton's Kelsey Funk on a first-inning play. Beebe later scored to give the Garnets a 2-0 lead.
Posted: April 08, 2013

When she's not standing out in lacrosse, she's one of the highest-rated tennis recruits in the country.

And there are skills that Taylor Ng translates from the tennis court to the lacrosse field: the hand-eye coordination, the strong hands and arms, and sharp reflexes.

Then there are those things that don't translate - and that's what Ng loves most about lacrosse.

"Tennis, most of the time, is just one person on a court," Ng said after her Haddonfield girls' lacrosse team topped Cherry Hill West, 20-2, at home Saturday morning.

"I love lacrosse because it's a real team. In lacrosse, you feed off of each other, you push each other, and you make each other better.

"And we know that's the key to our success this season."

Ng, who didn't start playing lacrosse until her freshman year, recorded four goals and three assists Saturday. Fellow senior midfielder Gretchen Kiep chipped in seven goals and an assist.

The two form one of the top one-two punches in South Jersey. And both have been instrumental in Haddonfield's efforts to replace six graduated starters.

"They've just been phenomenal," Haddonfield coach Jess Blake said. "They're both playing the best lacrosse I've seen them play in their four years.

"And they're embracing the challenge of being leaders. It's up to them to show the younger players the ropes and to help the team jell together. And they've been excited about that, and they're working hard to make it happen."

One of the seniors on last year's team was Kiep's sister, Maddie, now playing at Cornell.

While Gretchen Kiep said it has been an adjustment playing without her sister, she has quickly found chemistry on the field with Ng.

Ng assisted on two of Kiep's first-half goals Saturday. The two combined to score nine of the Bulldogs' 11 first-half scores.

"We have so much fun working off each other," Kiep said. "It's at the point where we know where each other are going to be on the field."

Added Ng: "We don't even have to look sometimes. We just know where to find each other."

Haddonfield improved to 2-1. Its only loss was an 11-10 decision against Olympic Conference National Division rival Bishop Eustace on April 4.

But the loss to a far more seasoned team served only as a confidence boost for the Bulldogs.

"We played well in that game," Ng said. "And we know that we can get better and reach our goals this year.

"It just comes down to our ability to come together and play as a team."

Cherry Hill West 1 1 - 2

Haddonfield 11 9 - 20

Goals: CHW–Kristine Thomas, Lindsay Coyle; H–Taylor Ng 4, Gretchen Kiep 7, Lizzie Hammon 3, Gracie Grimes 3, Tenaya Clark 2, Taylor Jacobs.

Saves: CHW–Bonnie Stainrook 7; H–Kelsey Welsh 4.


Contact Chris Melchiorre

at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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