Tuesday, May 29, 2007
By Stephanie Wright
This was a game that the Lady Quakers from Moorestown had something to prove to themselves. And what better to do so against another dominating lacrosse team. The top seeded Quakers were hosting the second seeded Lady Renegades from Shawnee in from of a very large crowd. For the first seven minutes of this game, the defenses took center stage keeping the game scoreless. Just like a shaken soda bottle building up pressure, Moorestown’s Giulia Giordano goal allowed the rest of the team to get excited knowing that they were able to score first against the Renegades. From that point on, Moorestown kicked their offense into high gear to take a commanding lead. The Quakers defense was the key to their 11-3 win as they kept Shawnee off the scoreboard during the entire first half.
This game featured two teams who only had five losses combined. Shawnee’s only loss before this game was to the Quakers and finished the season with an impressive 20-2 record. Moorestown was looking to pick up their twentieth win of the season. So when it took awhile before the first goal to be scored, you knew it was going to be a very tough game. That was until Chelsea Gamble’s goal increase Moorestown’s advantage to 2-0 after Giordano’s first goal of the game. The Quakers’ low defense forced Shawnee into poor shot selections as the Renegades knew they needed a goal to get back into this game. When the first half clock expired, the Quakers held a 7-0 advantage.
Shawnee would begin the second half fired up and that momentum would help them score their first goal of the game when Rachel Porter received a nice pass from Quinn Daly. Both Porter and Daly would score again and the Renegades were back in this game trailing 8-3. That’s when the Quakers’ relentless defense kept pressuring Shawnee by doubling with their sliding to the ball keeping any and all shoot lanes closed. Moorestown would use the clock wisely down the stretch choosing clock management over scoring goals. With the win, Moorestown will be seeking their eighth straight state title.