Saturday, June 9, 2007
By Crystal Parker
The Lady Quakers were in perfect position of claiming another state girls' lacrosse title for their high school but the way this game started out, Moorestown would have to earn it. In this year's Tournament of Champions game, the Quakers would have to overcome an early two goal deficit in order to defeat West Morris Mendham. Moorestown's coaches would rally their players during a timeout that soon proved to be the turning point in this state title game. The Quakers would score the next nine consecutive goals to take a commanding lead. Bridget Callahan would score two of her four goal performance during that stretch to lead the way for Moorestown. The Quakers would go on and defeat Mendham by a 16-6 margin and celebrate their eighth straight state title.
After picking up their South Jersey Group 3 championship over a week ago, the Lady Quakers have been busy. With wins over West Morris and the Lady Indians from Lenape, everything was going right for Moorestown. They had outscored their opponents 39-6 during this year's tournament of champions and they were looking to continue their winning ways against a very familiar opponent. Mendham and the Quakers have met in the previous three state semi-finals title game. Mendham would gain a lot of confidence in this game as they would score the first goal to take the early momentum.
Moorestown would get the game's first scoring chance but would be denied on a nice save. Mendham's Kaitlyn Messinger and Laureen Dykstra scored back to back goals and Moorestown would overcome a two goal deficit. Virginia Weber would score the first of her three goal performance to cut Moorestown deficit in half, but Maggie Smith's goal pushed Mendham's lead back to two goals. Moorestown would call a timeout with 14:35 remaining in the half and Callahan's first goal of the game started the Quakers comeback. Just under a minute and a half later, this game was tied and that's when Moorestown would never look back. Gulia Giordano scored three goals and had a couple of nice assists and Winnie Call scored twice for the Lady Quakers. This was another game that the Quakers found a different way for the fans to finally get off the edge of their seats to celebrate another thrilling state title.