April 27, 2014 |
When he discusses last year's sectional championship against Moorestown, Reese Tursi talks about the attitude it took to win. It was similar to what he felt last week at St. Augustine. "Both of those teams are very talented, and they obviously thought they were better than us," said Tursi, senior goalie for the Shawnee boys' lacrosse team. "And we used that. We used that mind-set to our advantage. "We were focused. And we felt like we had to prove someone wrong. " Tursi made 24 saves in the Renegades' 4-3 overtime win over heavily favored Moorestown in last year's inaugural South Jersey Group 3 final.
April 24, 2014 |
Over the years, talking to a Moorestown girls' lacrosse goalie could be an experience unto itself. These players can hold conversations better than most high school coaches. They are outgoing and witty. There's an underlying attitude, and confidence is one of its main ingredients. Footwork and mechanics and hand speed and quickness are essential skills for goalies, but that's not what comes to mind when Quakers coaches talk about what separates the truly great at the position. The coaches will point to that inherent confidence, the ability to be comfortable in any situation, to handle pressure.
April 21, 2014 |
Seeking her sixth win of the season, Moorestown pitcher Audrey Weller was dominant Saturday, as the senior shut out visiting Northern Burlington, 1-0, in a Burlington County Liberty softball game. The righthander struck out 11, allowing five hits and walking none. "She pitched an unbelievable game," Moorestown coach Bill Mulvihill said. "She induced a lot of ground balls, and scattered a lot of strikeouts against a good-hitting team. " Callie Forzley went 1 for 2, knocking in the lone run. She singled to right-center, scoring freshman Gabby O'Byrne, in the bottom of the sixth inning.
April 20, 2014 |
Maddie Dowd was walking to practice last week, and without much thought, she grabbed the team's water jug and brought it along. "Some of the younger girls stopped me," Dowd said. "And they said, 'Wait, you're a senior. You shouldn't be carrying out the water. Shouldn't we be doing that?' "So they actually took it from me and carried it. " And that is how tradition is born. The oldest lacrosse programs in South Jersey have strikingly deep roots. Programs such as Moorestown and Shawnee have songs and chants and traditions they've carried on for so long that they've forgotten why and how they started.
April 9, 2014 |
The weather did not hinder Moorestown's Joey Klinger on Monday afternoon as the righthander shut out visiting Riverside, 4-0, in a nonleague baseball game. Klinger scattered four hits over seven innings. Justin Varga belted two hits and drove in two runs to pace the Quakers offensively. Olympic. A three-run fifth inning sparked host Cherokee to a 5-1 win over Lenape. Brian Marconi struck out five to earn the win and Troy Domenick knocked in two runs. Burlington. Brian Coniglio allowed six hits in a rain-shortened five-inning game as Westampton Tech won, 7-5, at Willingboro.
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.)
March 29, 2014 |
Delaware-bound senior Michael Handlan scored four goals, including the winner in overtime, as Moorestown survived a scare from visiting Pingry and won, 8-7, in a nonleague boys' lacrosse game Thursday afternoon. Handlan's heroics were made possible by Robert Kuhn, who had tied the score with 32 seconds remaining in regulation. Handlan, who delivered the final score with a little more than two minutes remaining in overtime, also chipped in with an assist, and Andrew Helfman made 16 saves for the Quakers.
March 29, 2014 |
Nick Ellis met Joe Diaco in third grade, on a lacrosse field in West Deptford. When Ellis moved on to St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia for high school, Diaco went to Bishop Eustace. The schools never felt right for either player. After two seasons, Ellis wanted to play for his hometown team. He wanted to play with his best friends, the kids with whom he grew up. "I had been thinking about transferring," said Ellis, who did transfer, along with Diaco, to West Deptford last year for his junior season.
March 27, 2014 |
It's an odd number, befitting a brawny linebacker on the football field more than a graceful athlete in girls' lacrosse. Marie McCool doesn't look like a No. 51. Unless you know the history of that number for the Moorestown girls' lacrosse team - how it has been a tradition for that jersey to be passed down from one top player to another and how this No. 51 and that No. 51 have led the Quakers to state title after state title. But here's the thing: McCool doesn't look like the other No. 51s, either.
March 20, 2014 |
MOORESTOWN Faced with a revenue shortfall of $4 million, Moorestown's Board of Education adopted a preliminary budget for the 2014-15 school year Tuesday that calls for laying off about a dozen teachers, adds fees for students to participate in clubs, sports, and theater, and to park their cars, and imposes a property-tax hike. The proposed budget of $62.3 million would be $1.5 million, or 2.5 percent, larger than this year's, with contractually obligated increases in salaries and benefits a major contributor.