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June 2, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - When the last second ticked off the first-half clock, Jessica Goralski was prepared for another 25 minutes of dutifully cheering on her teammates from the sideline. Goralski, a freshman goalie for the Moorestown girls' lacrosse team, had yet to see the field. She was expecting more of the same when coach Deanna Knobloch approached her. "Jess," Knobloch said. "You're going in. " And that was it. It was halftime of the Group 3 championship. The game was tied.
NEWS
June 1, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Moorestown girls' lacrosse coach Deanna Knobloch knows her team is good. She just thinks the Quakers can be better. "I'm not sure we've played our best lacrosse yet," Knobloch said after Moorestown's 17-5 victory over Princeton on Thursday in the South Jersey Group 3 championship game. Moorestown (23-0) has another chance to raise its game to another level Saturday in the Group 3 state final against North Jersey champion Mendham (13-6) at noon at Monmouth University. Moorestown, which has won 74 games in a row, will seek its fourth consecutive state title and 14th since 2000.
SPORTS
May 31, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Marie McCool remembers her first game on Moorestown's field "like it was yesterday. " But it was the game before that game that is lodged even deeper in the minds of Moorestown's sensational senior and her classmates. They were in eighth grade on May 24, 2010, and many of them were sitting across the field from the benches when Moorestown lost to Shawnee in the South Jersey Group 3 title game. It was a stunning result - the Quakers' first loss in 228 games against New Jersey teams - that still reverberates through South Jersey's premier program.
SPORTS
May 30, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Moorestown has deeper roots and a more successful history than any other South Jersey boys' lacrosse team. It is the only area program with a state title on its resumé, and it has three championships. Hardly a season goes by when the Quakers are not expected to compete for a state championship. But this was one of those rare seasons. "Nobody expected us to make it this far," senior attack Michael Handlan said after his team's 13-4 loss to Ridgewood on Wednesday in the Group 3 state final at Ridge High.
SPORTS
May 29, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jared Gold saw his younger brother Ryan walking toward the mound from behind home plate. "He made it about halfway, and I told him to get back behind there," Jared Gold said. Ryan Gold was undeterred. He just found another way to talk to his older brother during Moorestown's 4-2 victory over Highland on Tuesday in the semifinals of the South Jersey Group 3 baseball tournament. "I sat next to him in the dugout the whole game," Ryan Gold said. "We talked about the hitters, our approach, what we would do the next inning.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
It was the type of loss that tends to stay with everyone involved. "I still talk to the guys who were on the team last year who graduated," senior attack Michael Handlan said. "They still think about it. " Last year, Handlan's Moorestown boys' lacrosse team wasn't just heavily favored to win the South Jersey championship; many had the Quakers pegged to win their second state championship in three seasons. Shawnee had other plans. In the inaugural sectional championships in state boys' lacrosse, the Renegades won the South Jersey Group 3 title in double overtime - at Moorestown - marking one of the area's most thrilling upsets in recent memory.
SPORTS
May 25, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
In the final seconds, fans were on their feet screaming, and players were jumping up and down on both sidelines. The ball rattled just in front of Moorestown's net, and it was inches from goalie Andrew Helfman when the clock hit zero. It was a fitting end to one of the area's most entertaining rivalries in any sport. The Moorestown boys' lacrosse team outlasted Shawnee on the road, 10-9, Saturday in the South Jersey Group 3 final. It was revenge for last season, when Shawnee upset heavily favored Moorestown in double overtime to win the sectional title.
SPORTS
May 24, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
With hopes of playing for the championship, Moorestown showed its offensive strength Thursday. The No. 1-seeded Quakers scored 13 first-half goals in a 20-4 rout of visiting fourth seed Notre Dame in the South Jersey Group 3 girls' lacrosse semifinals. Marie McCool had eight points for Moorestown, netting four goals and four assists. Lauren Martinelli scored a hat trick. Tristan McGinley and Kierstyn Voiro each had two goals and an assist. In other sectional Group 3 action: Princeton 17, Clearview 11 - Ali Donohue, Hannah Quast, and Holly Tevis each had a hat trick for No. 2 Clearview in a loss to visiting, third-seeded Princeton.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  For the last three years, Michael T. Baker tried to help rid Gloucester City of feral cats. "He was one of our trappers. He was such a good kitten catcher," his wife, Doran, said in a phone interview. Mr. Baker was a member of Feral Treasures, for which his wife is secretary. The local nonprofit organization promotes the reduction of wild cat populations through a policy of trapping, neutering, and releasing. On Sunday, May 18, Mr. Baker, 49, of Gloucester City, a 20-year employee of Lockheed Martin Corp.
SPORTS
May 23, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Top-seeded Buena rode the arms of Sam Fiocchi and Jenn Cimino to a 2-0 victory over visiting, No. 9 Deptford on Wednesday in a South Jersey Group 2 softball quarterfinal. But Fiocchi, who struck out 11 in a two-hitter, was the only pitcher the Chiefs used. Cimino showed off her arm in center field. Cimino doubled a runner off first in the top of the seventh after making a running catch on a soft line drive with no outs. She doubled a runner off second after a similar catch in the previous inning and threw out a runner at third in the third.
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