Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/5/16
For the second year in a row, Agnes Irwin accomplished something very few high school lacrosse teams dream of doing even once, defeating perennial New Jersey powerhouse Moorestown. In 2015, the Owls went on the road and handed the Quakers their first loss at home since 2011.
On Thursday AIS (13-4, 8-1) successfully defended their home turf, Phelps Field, knocking off Moorestown 12-10.
“Our whole team contributed today and we played some of our best lacrosse of the season,” said AIS head coach Jenny Duckenfield. “These girls have overcome so much adversity this season and they have refused to give up or give in. I give credit to the girls and I am proud of them today and every day.”
After AIS jumped out to an early lead, Moorestown (10-4) battled back to tie the game 5-5 at the half. The Quakers opened a two-goal lead in the second half before Lila Barker (5g) and Kristin Burnetta (1g, 2a) connected for the tying and go-ahead goals for the Owls. Freshman goalie Camilla Gowen made a final save on a Moorestown free position shot to close out the game.
Laura Pansini had three goals while sister Natalie Pansini added two goals and an assist for the Owls.
“I really have to hand it to our defense,” said Duckenfield. “The combination of a strong face guard on their leading scorer by Maria Pansini and stand out games by Alicia O’Neil and Kate White made the difference today.”
Ava Frantz led the Quakers with three goals and Genie Santarpio and Claire D’Antonio each scored twice. Allison Rohrbach, Julia Bolte, and Annika Nissen each scored once for Moorestown and Lawson Hayes had four saves.
AIS 5 7 – 12
Moorestown 5 5 – 10
Lila Barker 5g
Maria Pansini 1g
Natalie Pansini 2g, 1a
Laura Pansini 3g
Kristin Burnetta 1g, 2a
Camilla Gowen 4 saves, 1gb
Ava Frantz 3g
Genie Santarpio 2g
Claire D’Antonio 2g
Allison Rohrbach 1g
Julia Bolte 1g
Annika Nissen 1g
Lawson Hayes 4 saves