High School Lacrosse (Playoffs):
Saturday, May 30, 1998
By Gary Steiner
The Moorestown Lady Quakers played host to the Shawnee Lady Renegades at the neutral field of Cherry Hill West on Saturday, where Shawnee took home the trophy, winning the New Jersey State Girls Lacrosse Championship. In their previous regular season match-up, Shawnee had defeated Moorestown 7-5, handing the Lady Quakers their only regular season loss.
Both Moorestown and Shawnee came out playing hard and fast, but neither team was able to score until 7:55 into the first half, when Dana Griffith scored off of a free position for the Lady Renegades. Meredith Roy scored the second Shawnee goal 1:41 later. Moorestown called a time-out to try to settle things down, but Shawnee answered with a goal by Caitlin McCracken to make it 3-0. Moorestown finally got on the board with a score from Andrea Collesidis, but Shawnee immediately answered with two goals within 18 seconds, again by Dana Griffith and Meredith Roy. Becca Lippincott scored Moorestown's second goal with less than two minutes left in the half. Shawnee's Kristin Abbruzesse scored from a free position just before the half ended, putting Shawnee up 6-2.
Shawnee quickly scored 33 seconds into the second half, with a goal by Jackie Angermaier. Collen Connors would score for Moorestown, making it 7-3. After a free position goal for Shawnee by Julie Branin with 12:31 remaining, Moorestown called a time-out to try to regroup. Caitlin McCracken put a final exclamation point on the game by scoring two goals within two minutes to make it 10-3 for Shawnee. Moorestown's Andrea Collesidis scored three goals in the last 4:22 of the game, but it was too little too late as Shawnee went on to win with a final score of 10-6.
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