Moorestown prevails in rain

Senior Robert Kuhn scored four goals in Moorestown's 9-3 victory over the Hill School. The Quakers posted a 6-1 edge in the second half. TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer
Senior Robert Kuhn scored four goals in Moorestown's 9-3 victory over the Hill School. The Quakers posted a 6-1 edge in the second half. TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer
Posted: March 31, 2014

After every Moorestown goal, the Quakers players who weren't on the field ran along the sideline, stopped at the end, and ran back to where they had been standing with their coaches.

It was a way for the bench guys to get involved in the game, fired up, and supporting their teammates. But their coach suspects there was another reason.

"I think they were cold and they tried to warm up a little bit," Moorestown's Baron Wallenhurst said.

The players ran back and forth nine times as the Quakers cruised to a 9-3 lacrosse victory Saturday against visiting Hill School (Pa.). The game, originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m., was pushed back two hours and moved across town to an artificial turf field because of the rain.

Senior midfielder Robert Kuhn scored four goals for Moorestown. He said his team played much better against the Blues than it did in its season opener Thursday, an 8-7 overtime victory against Pingry.

Wallenhurst said the Quakers were "disjointed" in the opener because the seniors had taken a trip for spring break the week before.

"We had a couple of really, really good practices," Kuhn said. "That [Pingry] game woke us up. We just knew we couldn't have another game like that."

The unrelenting rain played a big factor in the game. Kuhn said it forced the Quakers to shorten their passes and be more careful.

Wallenhurst said the key to his team's win was long offensive possessions.

"When the ball goes down on the defensive end, they can focus and play hard instead of getting tired out by a long offensive possession on their end," Wallenhurst said. "That really makes a big difference."

Because the Quakers did well in the first game with the bench players running down the sideline, perhaps they'll keep doing it.

"It might be a little tradition that continues," Kuhn said. "That'd be pretty funny. Kind of like Oregon when [the mascot] does all the push-ups" after a score.

Hill School 0 2 0 1 - 3

Moorestown 2 1 3 3 - 9

Goals: HS-Will Schantz, Aiden Coll, Ben Bala; M-Robert Kuhn 4, Kevin Tsao 2, Michael Katz, Michael Handlan, Nick Testa.

Saves: HS-Dan Catzman 14; M-Andrew Helfman 4.


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