Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/9/12
Moorestown staved off a furious rally by Chatham in the final 13 minutes and claimed a 12-11 victory Saturday to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions girls’ lacrosse title and complete a 26-0 season at Kean University.
The Quakers captured their 18th Tournament of Champions crown and first since 2009.
Moorestown led, 12-4, with 13 minutes to play, but Chatham (23-3) went on a 7-0 run and drew within the 12-11 with 2:52 left on a goal by Jaclyn Leto (three goals, 111 for season).
But the Quakers were able to run out the clock.
Last year the Quakers fell to Ridgewood by a goal in the TOC finals; the year before they were upset by Shawnee in the South Jersey Group III title game.
“Being on the field for the NJ TOC yesterday was a thrill,” said Moorestown junior Margaret Nissen. “From day one of preseason, winning yesterday’s game was our season goal. Having missed out on the title the last couple of years made us a determined team.
“To reach the game, and then to actually win it was amazing. For us to complete a 26-0 season will be something my teammates and coaches can share forever. The game itself was so tense. Chatham showed they deserved to be there. They are a talented team. They fought so hard to close our 12-4 second half lead to 12-11.
“I am so proud of our team to hang on in the end. When you join the Moorestown Girls Lacrosse program, you become part of an extended family. Our teammates become our sisters. We have a very special bond and I give our coaches (Deanna Knobloch, KC Knobloch, Courtney Legath and Tara Warner) so much thanks for making it fun and preparing us so well for the challenges we face.
“I am especially proud of, and happy for our senior class. They are such amazing players and great friends and they deserved this title. It’s an honor to be part of this program’s legacy. I am sad to see this season end and can’t wait until next year. We start preparing today!”
Moorestown was led by Carly Taglienti (two goals, three assists), Stephanie Toy (two goals, three assists), Nikki McMonagle (two goals, one assist) and Lindsay Goldblatt (two goals). Haleigh Dalmass, Marie McCool and Mary Flick each scored once.
Moorestown scored five straight goals to take a 7-2 lead in the first half. Amanda Currell made seven saves for the win.
“Our team has been working so hard for this all year,” said Dalmass. “It was the perfect ending to our perfect season. I love this team so much and I’m so sad it’s over. Chatham’s a great team and it was a really exciting game, especially at the end. I couldn’t be happier than to end my time as an mglaxer with my best friends and the TOC trophy!”
New Jersey Girls’ Tournament of Champions
Moorestown 12, Chatham 11
Moorestown 8-4- 12
Chatham 4-7 – 11
Haleigh Dalmass 1g
Mary Flick 1g
Lindsay Goldblatt 2g
Marie McCool 1g
Nikki McMonagle 2g, 1a
Carly Taglienti 3g, 1a
Stephanie Toy 2g, 3a
Amanda Currell 7 saves
Jaclyn Leto 3g, 1a
Brittany Marriott 1g
Kallan Murray 2g
Mary Kate O’Neill 3g, 1a
Kelsey Perselay 2g
Bridgewater-Raritan 11, Delbarton 5
The Panthers closed a 21-0 season with their second straight T of C boys’ crown.
Scott Bieda had six goals and an assist to lead the victory while Justin Higgins scored twice and John Longordo (Twist Lacrosse) had a goal and an assist. Zach Jones made 12 saves.