By Anthony Caruso
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/4/14
FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Kierstyn Voiro scored four goals and Marie McCool added three as Moorestown defeated Lenape, 13-7, today in the New Jersey Tournament of Champions girls’ semifinals at Hunterdon Central High.
Group 3 champion Moorestown (25-0), No. 1 by Phillylacrosse.com and No. 2 in the Brine/TopLaxRecruits Rankings, is 25-0 and shoots for its third straight T of C championship and third consecutive undefeated season Saturday in the finals against Summit at Hunterdon Central at 5 p.m.
Group 2 champion Summit (22-1) downed Mountain Lakes, 11-9, behind five goals by Meaghan Celmer. The Hilltoppers have won 20 straight games while the Quakers will enter the title game with a 76-game win streak.
Lenape (21-2), the Group 4 champion and a fellow South Jersey school, took an early 3-0 lead over the Quakers. But after 16 scoreless minutes Moorestown tallied the final five goals of the half and then stretched its lead to 11-4 on Voiro’s third goal with 8:30 to play in the game.
“As you saw, they came out and scored early on us,” Voiro said. “Once we were able to score, things started to turn in our favor. Then we were able to get the momentum into halftime. That was huge for us.”
Jess Dadino added two goals for the Quakers while Tristan McGinley, Quinn Nicolai, Kayla Pruitt and Sydney Dalmass also scored for Moorestown.
“Kierstyn is my best friend, and she came out on fire,” McCool said. “I never seen her want to score like she was tonight. Her moves were the fastest that I’ve ever seen. Defending her in practice, when I’m defending her, is so hard, because she’s so quick. She used that to her advantage today.”
Rena Carabases had three goals and an assist for Lenape while Nicole Donnelly and Gabriella Fornia each had two goals.
Moorestown coach Deanna Knobloch was not pleased with the way her team started for the second straight time.
“We came out flat again,” Knobloch said. “Credit to Lenape, as they came out on fire. After that, we needed a timeout and we needed to regroup. It was all about position, which we weren’t getting. Once we started to get the position, things started to happen.”
There will be a video replay of the game on June 11th on Fios 1 at 7:30 pm. Next up, the Quakers will face Summit High School on Saturday night at 5 pm.
“It better not happen next game,” Knobloch said of the slow start. “We’re going to need to come out focused right from the start and play our game, or Summit can take it to us.”
Moorestown will be making its fourth straight appearance in the Tournament of Champions finals and seventh in the eight-year history of the tourney (only Group finals were previously held).
The Quakers’ last loss came in the TOC Championship game to Ridgewood in 2011.
“I’m really excited, but at the same time, it’s bittersweet,” McCool said. “I can’t believe that my career is almost over. I just have one more game left, and in this last game, I really want to win. I know we can do it, as long as we play our hardest.”
Moorestown 13, Lenape 7
Kierstyn Voiro 4g
Marie McCool 3g
Tristant McGinley 1g
Kayla Pruitt 1g
Jessica Dadino 2g, 1a
Alex O’Donnell 1a
Quinn Nicolai 1g
Sydney Dalmass 1g
Gabby Cooper 3 saves
Jessica Goralski 3 saves
Rena Carabases 3g, 1a
Nicole Donnelly 2g
Gabriella Fornia 2g
Rebecca Wilen 9 saves