By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/17/12
Moorestown’s Deanna Knobloch has been named the Phillylacrosse.com Girls’ Team Coach of the Year for 2012.
Knobloch guided the Quakers to a 26-0 season and the New Jersey tournament of Champions title this year. Moorestown finished as the No. 2-ranked team in the nation in every national poll and was No. 1 in the final Phillylacrosse.com rankings.
After 21 seasons, Knobloch’s record at Moorestown is nothing short of remarkable. She is 425-29-4 and this year became the all-time winningest coach in New Jersey history.
This year’s Tournament of Champions title (which pits the winners of all four Group champions) was the school’s 11th in 13 years under Knobloch. During the time Moorestown also piled up a win streak of 228 games against teams from New Jersey, which is considered a hotbed that almost equals Baltimore and Long Island.
But winning at Moorestown is the result of a coach that has earned the respect of her players because she respects them as student-athletes, said Moorestown All-American midfielder Stephanie Toy.
“The main thing is that she has the respect of every single girl in the program,” said Toy, an Under Armour All-American. “And she respects us. She develops a relationship with every single player. She knows what people can do and can’t do.
“I think she is a great motivator. She gets us so pumped up. She knows the game, too. She knows where to put players at any point in the game.
“She is so intense and her practices are so intense. I think that’s what makes us so good; we work so hard, but then we see that it pays off.
“What I hear most about college girls is that Moorestown practices are like college practices.”
Toy said Moorestown lacrosse players are well aware of the program’s tradition. Two years ago she was a sophomore on the team that lost to Shawnee in the South Jersey group 3 finals – a defeat that snapped the 228-game win streak.
This year’s team won the TofC title with a hard-fought 12-11 victory over Chatham.
“We want to win because of the program she has built; the tradition is so unbelievable,” Toy said. “We want to work hard for the former players and we respect and honor the past. When we lost 2 years ago it was heartbreaking, especially for those seniors.
“I think the main reason this team was so good was because it was so close. Everyone pushed everyone else and we had a ton of talent, but we all wanted to succeed. We had a really good mix and it worked out for us this year.”
Knobloch is the first to shy away from credit. She says her “co-coach” and husband, K.C. Knobloch, and JV coach, former Moorestown great Courtney Legath, and the players deserve the credit.
“After 21 years, I have been lucky enough to coach some great teams, but this year’s team will hold a special place in my heart,” she said. “I give so much credit to the senior class. That class guided us to the state finals and all the kids responded.
“Deep down inside they really do want to work hard and be pushed. I think they remember how hard they worked when it comes time to win. I just could not ask for more from all of them and our coaches.”
Wednesday, July 18 – Philylacrosse.com Boys’ Attackmen, Girls’ Attack-Midfield
Thursday, July 19 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Midfielders/LSM, Girls’ Midfielders 1
Friday, July 20 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Defensemen, Girls’ Midfielders 2
Saturday, July 21 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Goalies/FO, Girls’ Defenders, Goalies
Sunday, July 22 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’, Girls’ High Honorable Mention teams
Monday, July 23 – Phillylacrosse.com South Jersey Boys’, Girls’ teams
Tuesday, July 24, Phillylacrosse.com northern Delaware Boys’ team, Girls’ Players of Year