June 14, 2013
First Team Attack Mike Handlan, Moorestown, Jr. Handlan, a University of Delaware recruit, netted 58 goals against one of the state's toughest schedules. Reed Hofmann, Lenape, Sr. Hoffman was a leader and top offensive threat for the Indians. He recorded 31 assists and 45 goals. Andrew Streilein, Lenape, Jr. Strelein's 60 goals put him among South Jersey's leading scorers. He also added 21 assists. Midfield Tyler Schulte, Seneca, Sr. The Widener recruit was the area's most dynamic offensive weapon.
June 13, 2013 |
Megan Kelly's lacrosse stick looks like something you'd find lying in a forest. It's called a Bamshaft. It's made of bamboo. Not many high school lacrosse players use a Bamshaft, and when describing it, Kelly said with a laugh, "People make fun of it all the time. " It's unconventional, and it's marketed toward those who want to check harder, play ultra-tough defense, and, in some way, stand out on the field. So it's almost a perfect fit for Kelly, the top defender for Moorestown and this season's Inquirer Player of the Year in South Jersey girls' lacrosse.
June 10, 2013 |
UNION, N.J. - The hours leading up to the game were the worst. "We're not used to playing games that start at 7:30," said Moorestown midfielder Marie McCool. "So I was just sitting in my bed all day, thinking 'Oh my gosh, I can't wait.' " Pregame warm-ups weren't much easier. "Walking on the field before the game, you can't help but get butterflies," said defender Megan Kelly. All of that, though, melts away after the first draw. "Once the whistle blows, it's just: 'Let's go,' " Kelly said.
June 9, 2013 |
It didn't take long. Marie McCool was already being asked about her team's nemesis, the Shawnee girls' lacrosse team. McCool said she had just been in contact with one Shawnee player, Caroline Shinske. This was minutes after McCool's Moorestown team had knocked off Oak Knoll in the Tournament of Champions semifinals, advancing to a championship matchup with the Renegades. So what did McCool mean when she said she had been in contact with Shinske? "She just tweeted me," McCool said, smiling.
June 6, 2013 |
WEST LONG BRANCH N.J. - The win was Moorestown's 50th in a row, a streak spanning just about two full seasons. It's a milestone few teams in any sport can claim. It occurred Wednesday night, a 12-5 victory over Oak Knoll in the Tournament of Champions semifinals at Monmouth University. Both achievements are the kind most girls' lacrosse programs only dream of. But Moorestown didn't give much thought to either. "It's our 50th win in a row?" asked Marie McCool, who led Moorestown with four goals.
June 6, 2013 |
The Burlington County Republican Committee handily beat back a rare tea-party challenge in the race for six seats in county and state government in Tuesday's primary elections. "It's not even close, as I had suspected, and clearly our message and what we have accomplished in the county - cutting taxing and spending - resonates with the members of the GOP," Committee Chairman Bill Layton said. "I hope that this is a lesson that in the future, these groups work with us . . . vs. against us. " The incumbents, Sheriff Jean Stanfield of Westampton and Freeholder Joe Donnelly of Cinnaminson, defeated William E. Moore 3d of Edgewater Park and Stephen "Lance" Silver of Medford, respectively.
June 5, 2013 |
The first day back at school was fitting for a state champion. "It was amazing for all the players," Shawnee girls' lacrosse coach Janae Zechman said. "They were being congratulated in the hallways, in every classroom. They really were able to enjoy it. " But unlike with most state champions, that feeling didn't last long. "By the afternoon," Zechman said, "we were on the practice field, focused and ready to go. " On Saturday, the Renegades won their first state girls' lacrosse title since 1998 - an especially meaningful accomplishment considering that Shawnee has long been considered one of the state's top lacrosse programs.