By Anthony Caruso III
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/1/16
MOORESTOWN, NJ – Good Counsel coach Michael Haight understands how much it means to win a girls’ lacrosse game at Moorestown.
“Deanna (Knobloch, Moorestown head coach) has over 500 wins, so whenever you can come up to Moorestown and play on their field, and get the win, it’s an historic moment,” Haight said after Saturday’s 11-9 win over the perennial new Jersey power. “Not many people have come here and defeated this team. It’s very hard to do.’
The Falcons, ranked fourth in the STEPS Lacrosse Rankings, improved to 16-2. Moorestown, the No. 2 team in the Phillylacrosse.com Rankings, is 9-3 with losses only to nationally ranked teams.
Good Counsel used a seven-goal second-half to break a 5-5 halftime tie. Junior Taylor McDaniels had three of her five goals in the half. Six others scored once.
“Personally, I’d rather talk about the team win than myself,” McDaniels said. “I thought it was a great win but in the first half, we started off slow and that led to some mistakes. Definitely, in the second half, we had an energy that we wanted it more. We played together and that’s a good win.”
“We uncharacteristically had a lot of turnovers today, which is not typical for us,” added Haight. “They forced our turnovers. They’re a great program, and are going to have another great run in the State Tournament. I expect to see them in that championship in New Jersey.”
Annika Nissen had two goals and two assists for the Quakers.
Knoblauch was pleased with her team despite the loss.
“I’m very proud of the girls’ effort from the beginning to the end,” she said. “They kept fighting and we couldn’t have asked for more. They wanted to win this game very badly. Unfortunately, we made some mistakes late in the game – and we missed some key opportunities – and Good Counsel is a very good team.”
Good Counsel was just two games removed from a 16-5 loss to mighty McDonogh School (No. 1 ranked, 151 straight wins). The Falcons are the favorite to repeat in the DC WCAC, but will get a challenge from Holy Cross.
“We knew that they’ve been very good coming in,” McDaniels said. “We talked about it and we were prepared because coach talked about it a lot in practice. It was really all about executing in this game to get the win.”
“This year, we’ve knocked off a lot of Top 5, Top 10 teams and our expectation every year is to compete for No. 1 in the country,” Haight added. “Unfortunately, McDonough High School is who they are and they’re very tough to beat, because they’re very, very good.
Good Counsel 11, Moorestown 9
Good Counsel 5-6- 11
Taylor McDaniels 5 goals
Caitlyn Gunn 1 goal
Chloe Johnson 1 goal
Lexi Rieu 1 goal
Anna Bowers 1 goal
Kendal Welch 1 goal
Taylor DeRose 1 goal
Kley Keating 13 saves
Katie Forman 3 saves
Annika Nissen 2 goals, 2 assists
Claire D’Antonio 1 goal
Cailin Field 1 goal
Quinn Nicolai 1 goal
Robin Panzarella 1 goal
Allison Rohrbach 1 goal
Genie Santarpio 1 goal
Brittany Wright 1 goal
Ava Frantz 1 assist