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High School Lacrosse:
Moorestown Continues to Dominate in Girl's Lacrosse

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

By Joyce Sagerty
SJSports Special Correspondent

There's a reason the girl's lacrosse team from Moorestown has dominated their sport and it was quite evident Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Quakers showed off their zone defense that held the powerful Eastern offense in check. Moorestown completely forced the Vikings to not play their style of aggressive lacrosse and the Lady Quakers took full advantage of turnovers. Moorestown scored the last eight goals of the second half and cruised from that point on. When the clock tick away at the end of this South Jersey Group A semifinals game, Moorestown would advance to the finals with their 12-2 win against Eastern. Margie Curran scored five goals in the first half to lead the Lady Quakers.

During the first minute of this game, it looked as if we were in for a shootout as Eastern’s Casey McCrudden scored the game’s first goal. The Vikings controlled the opening face-off and moved quickly into scoring position. One minute later, Curran evened the score and then put Moorestown ahead with back-to-back goals. That’s when this game turned into a defensive and patient style of play in favor of the Quakers. Instead of an expected high scoring game like their previous meeting about two weeks ago, it turned into a much lower outcome than their 20-10 outcome won by Moorestown.

With an 8-1 and looking to get back into this game, Eastern was looking for someone else to pick up the play when their leading scorer McCrudden out with an injury. Lindsey Smith and Ashley Walls would position themselves into scoring position, but he defensive turned up their intensity and turned that momentum into their favor. Cara Giordano record the first goal of the second half that proved larger than the results on the scoreboard. Moorestown’s zone defense made it very difficult for the Vikings to have any clear passing or running lanes to maneuver. The Quakers proved again that they are clearly the favorites for the upcoming championship game.

Photos by Art Redd

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