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High School Girls Lacrosse:
Moorestown Moves One Step Closer to Another State Title
Outlast Shawnee For South Jersey Group A Championship

Friday, May 30, 2003

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

The crowd had lined the sidelines in anticipation of watching two excellent girl's lacrosse teams compete for the South Jersey Group A title. It had already been determined by most at the beginning of the season that the Lady Renegades from Shawnee would be meeting the Lady Quakers from Moorestown sometime during the post season. Both of these teams cruised past their opponents in the bracket to get to today’s competition. It would not be an easy game for either team as they only scored a total of eight goals during the first half. Moorestown would get two goals from Margie Curran and Megan Nutter to break a nine all tie to send the Lady Quakers on the field in celebration of their 11-9 win.

It seems that there’s always the same two teams meeting each other to determine who’s the best team in our area when it comes to girl’s lacrosse. Shawnee and Moorestown has dominated this sport for a number of years. Shawnee won the past 2001 and 2002 Girls Lacrosse South A Playoff Bracket titles. Moorestown has done the same during those years winning the South B titles. In 2000, the two teams were in the same South A bracket with the Lady Quakers winning by one goal and continue their dominance of the sport. Needless to say, the history between these schools has become a repeated affair.

Shawnee scored a total of 55 goals in their first 3 games during their quest of reaching the group finals. Seeded fourth, the Renegades defeated Cherry Hill East, Toms River North and Millville. Moorestown also racked up the goals scoring 53 total goals as they defeated Washington Township, Cherry Hill West and Eastern. When this game got started, it seemed as this game would be another high scorer with Moorestown jumping out to an early lead. Curran led the charge by scoring the initial three goals of the game. Shawnee would respond and both teams ended the half tied at four goals apiece.

When the second half began, the Renegades gave their fans a lot to cheer about as Kate Shomo gave Shawnee their first lead of this championship competition. They were not done as Stephanie Janice got loose and made good on her shot past goalie Jackie Kusher. That two goal deficit quickly disappeared when Liz Weber and Jess Champion tied the game for the second time at eight all.

After each team traded goals, Kusher would come up with some big time saves give the Quakers’ offense a chance to win this game. Moorestown took full advantage of chances as Curran found the back of the net giving the Quakers a 10-9 lead. One more goal late by Megan Nutter gave Moorestown’s fans a lot to cheer about, as the Lady Quakers would capture another title.

Photos by Art Redd

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