By Anthony Caruso
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/27/15
Lenape knew that its crosstown rival stood in their way of winning the Group 4 South Jersey girls’ Championship today. And for the third time this year, the Indians defeated the Shawnee Renegades, 10-7.
According to Gabrielle Fornia, Lenape has left no doubt.
“I think we’re the best (Group 4) team in South Jersey,” said Fornia, who had three goals. “We had to beat them three times, including this one with them being the second seed. I think it proves we’re the best in South Jersey.”
The Indians will have to wait a day to find their opponent, as they will face the winner of the Bridgewater-Raritan and Ridgewood. This game will start at 4 pm Thursday after being postponed due to lightning with the winner having just one full day to prepare for Saturday’s 12 noon game.
“I know these next few practices and that game, we have to do our best,” Fornia said. “We can’t have any letdowns or lapses, and we have to work on pushing ourselves if we want to more on, which we want to do.”
The Indians, 20-1, have lost only to Morrestown, 16-11, in April, and are currently on a 10-game win streak. The Renegades dropped to 13-6 on the year.
Kasey Donoghue added three goals for Lenape and Carlee Braverman had two goals while Erin Donoghue and Natalee Peel also added a goal each. Rebecca Wilen posted 8 saves
“I though Kasey played super well today,” Fornia said. “She stepped up as a junior and she knows that she’ll be leading the team next year.”
While Fornia gave credit to her teammates, she added, “I just wanted to win very badly.”
Braverman’s first goal gave the Indians a 6-5 right before halftime. Then, Erin and Kasey Donoghue and Fornia added three straight goals to make it 9-5.
“Gab has been huge for us all season,” Lenape coach Jill McCarthy mentioned. “She leads our team in goals and assists – leads the state in assists. When the balls in her stick, we’re confident good things will happen. I know she set up Kasey on a couple of those goals, and Kasey has been quietly consistent. And they couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Caroline Farley and Samantha Tucci (two goals) scored to cut the lead for the Renegades to 9-7. Then, Kasey added another goal to make it 10-7.
Maddie Bray added two goals for Shawnee.
“This is huge for us, as we knew we beat them in our previous two meetings,” McCarthy said. “Those two meetings did not matter at all. Playoffs are a whole new game and they are an extremely excellent team.
“We knew we had to come out here and work our hardest. We knew it was going to be a dog fight regardless of the records.”
Lenape 10, Shawnee 7
Lenape 6-4- 10
Shawnee 5-2- 7
Erin Donoghue 1g
Kasey Donoghue 3g
Carlee Faraghan-Braverman 2g
Gabrielle Fornia 3g
Natalie Peel 1g, 1a
Rebecca Wilen 8 saves
Liza Barr 1g, 1a
Maddie Bray 2g
Caroline Farley 1g, 1a
Katie McLoughlin 1g
Samantha Tucci 2g
Lily Argyle 6 saves
SJ Group 3 Championship
Moorestown 17, Notre Dame 4
Melanie Becker scored five goals and Abbey Brooks added three goals and an assist for the Quakers (19-3) in the SH Group III title game. Moorestown will play Morristown – a 15-11 winner over Hopewell Valley – for the state title.
Notre Dame 3-1- 4
Melanie Becker 5g
Abbey Brooks 3g, 1a
Claire D’Antonio 1g
Kacey Knobloch 1g
Quinn Nicolai 2g, 3a
Annika Nissen 1g, 1a
Alex O’Donnell 2g, 2a
Adriana Pendino 1g
Emily Troy 1g, 1a
Gabby Cooper 1 save
Jessica Goralski 4 saves
Courtney Henig 1g
Lauren Kiszely 2g, 1a