Saturday, June 10, 2006
By Stephanie Wright
Every season is a memorable one, but it's much sweeter when a team claims the division title, the group title and also the state championship...for the seventh time! Moorestown's girls' lacrosse team completely dominated the tournament of champions by outscoring their opponent 107-21 and capturing their seventh straight New Jersey State Title by completely dominating the Blue Devils from Shore Regional. The senior led team won just about every aspect of the game and rolled onto their 20-4 victory. Brooke Cantwell continued to show off her ability to come up with different ways of scoring finished the game with seven goals and four assists. Gulia Giordano and Lauren McAfee also put the ball into the net several times as a total of nine different Lady Quakers scored goals for Moorestown.
Right at the beginning of this championship game played at Yurcak Field at Rutgers University's, the Quakers quickly set the tone by scoring just thirty ticks into the game. With a nice pass from Giordano, Xan Weitzel was true with her shot and that goal was just the first of many to come. That was a nice sight to see as in their previous game against Mendham, it seem to take forever for Moorestown to score their first goal of the game. Cantwell weaved her way past the defense on the next possession and the score was quickly 2-0. The Blue Devils’ Kelly Draper would cut the deficit to 2-1 with a very nice individual effort, but Moorestown would tact on three more goals before Draper scored her second goal of the game. The Quakers would end the half leading by a 10-2 margin.
Both of these teams were successful at proving their earned their number one seeding during the regional brackets. Shore Regional advanced to their first state title game by defeating West Essex by a 16-8 score. Moorestown had one of its most competitive games against W. Morris Mendham winning 12-6. So the Quakers weren’t taking too many chances against the Blue Devils and they would continue to dominate the second half. Moorestown would continue to win the battle for the ball and play solid defense posted an incredible 36-8 advantage on shot attempts. When the final seconds ticked of the clock, Brooke would finish the game with seven goals, Giordano had three, Lauren McAfee also scored three times, Bridget Callahan added two goals and Alexis Brennan, Jessica Davis, Shawn Evans, Annie McGinley and Xan Weitzel all contributed a goal apiece.