By Anthony Caruso
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/16/15
The Moorestown girls’ lacrosse team defeated its arch-rival and won its 85th straight games today, but its coach was not totally satisfied.
The host Quakers toppled Shawnee, 10-5, to improve to 8-0 as Abbey Brooks and Quinn Nicolai each scored three goals and Jess Goralski posted seven saves. But Moorestown coach Deanna Knobloch, whose team is the three-time defending Tournament of Champions titlist, admitted that the Renegades (4-3) deserved as much credit.
“I loved the intensity that they played with,” Knobloch said of Shawnee. “There’s never a time when they’re not giving a 100% on the field.
“That’s what we love most about this team. They put their hearts out there, and this was a typical Moorestown and Shawnee girls’ lacrosse game. However for us, we’re not happy with it.”
Shawnee, which fell to Moorestown in the 2013 TOC final and remains a challenger, tied the game at 4-4 early in the second half on a goal by Eliza Barr. After that the Quakers took control.
“Credit goes to Shawnee, who came out and played a great game,” said Knobloch. “But we’re not where we need to be right now. We all know that – as a team – we know that. We know we need to work on a lot of aspects of the game and I have no doubt we’ll get there. But we still have a lot of work to do.”
Brooks said the Quakers struggled at times, but made the key plays when needed.
“We definitely came out a little frazzled,” Brooks said. “The team came together, and coach talked us through it. We didn’t want to let them come back.”
Adriana Pendino added two goals for Moorestown while Melanie Becker and Claire D’Antonio each scored once. The Renegades also got goals by Molly Baechler, Carolina Farley Maddie Bray, and Samantha Tucci. Lily Argyle (seven saves) was a standout in goal.
“Any player on this team can step up at any given time,” Knobloch added. “Both of them did that today. Abbey has been coming around the crease, and we knew that she can do that.”
Brooks said the Quakers always point to this game.
“We were under a lot of pressure, as this is a huge game,” Brooks added. “Everyone hypes it up, but we got it together and we did fine.”
Moorestown 10, Shawnee 5
Moorestown 4-6 – 10
Shawnee 3-2- 5
S – Molly Baechler 1g, Samantha Tucci 1g, Carolina Farley 1g, Maddie Bray 1g, Liza Barr 1g.
M – Abbey Brooks 3g, Quinn Nicolai 3g, 1a, Adriana Pendino 2g, Melanie Becker 1g, Claire D’Antonio 1g, Emily Troy 1a, Olivia Alvarez 1a
Saves – Jess Goralski (M) 7, Lily Argyle (S) 7.