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High School Boys Lacrosse:
Shawnee Nets Enough Goals To Blow Past Cherokee

Saturday, April 19, 2003

By Clark Washington
SJSports Special Correspondent

So far this season, Cherokee and Shawnee boys lacrosse teams have gotten off to a quick start as first year programs. Both teams have a host of seniors along with some talented juniors and sophomores that have led their teams above the level of other first year programs. Every team has been searching for particular players to take charge and absorb some of the leadership roles that others to follow. Senior Shawn Pettit and sophomore Keith Priftie each netted 3 goals apiece for Shawnee during their Olympic Conference American Division matchup against Cherokee. The Renegades would go on to dominate this game and roll past Cherokee by outscoring the Chiefs 10-2.

It’s hard not to mention Moorestown when talking about boys lacrosse in this area. For some time, they have set the example of what a successful program can do. The results of their success have produced honorable mentions for graduated players like Joe Canuso and Derek Mills as top players in the state of New Jersey. With their success so far for Shawnee and Cherokee, who knows how many other teams will be representing the Garden State with top players.

With so many rainouts being rescheduled and the Easter holiday, not too many games were scheduled on this day. Getting a lot of attention from the fans, Cherokee High School was the place to be as two undefeated teams met on common ground. Shawnee has opened the season defeating Eastern, Washington Twp and Camden Catholic. Cherokee has also gotten off to a quick start by downing Paul VI, Vineland and Eastern. On this day it would be the visiting Renegades who stole the show with aggressive play and swarming defense to extend their winning streak. Besides the goals from Pettit and Priftie, Shawnee also got 2 goals from freshman Eric Stilley and a goal apiece from Mike Simon and McFadden. Sophomore Jon Fisher recorded the two goals scored for Cherokee.

Photos by Art Redd

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