Moorestown 14 - Ridgewood 9 (State Championship)
Details of Game #25: Jun 09, 2018
Moorestown defeated Ridgewood 14-9 for the Tournament of Champions title, the 21st in program history. This was the Quaker's first title since 2014 and the second victory over the Maroons this season.
"That settles that!" Moorestown 2018 Girls lacrosse, the new reigning champs of NJ girls lacrosse. The state of lacrosse is back to normal and where it should be, with Moorestown the center of the NJ girls lacrosse universe.
Like 20 times previous, the Quakers are at the top. The victory Saturday over a very talented Ridgewood Maroon team for a second time this year emphatically stamps the Quakers as the best, just as defeating Haddonfield for a second time this year in the TOC semis did to determine the top team in South Jersey.
There was a period of time where even the Moorestown faithful took this accomplishment for granted. Not having done this for three years can bring a renewed excitement as this win was even more enjoyable due to the hiatus. The 2018 senior class can now breath and revel in their playoff run and 23-2 season. The two one goal losses seem like a distant memory.
Moorestown took the field with a hunger and would not be denied. An early three goal lead was matched by Ridgewood as most figured would happen. All the lacrosse officianotos saw this as a back and forth close affair for the winner. Ridgewood would never take a lead and the Quakers would always find a way to make a play, get a defensive stop or score a timely goal when it mattered. The dagger may have been a goal by Kayla Frank with less than two seconds in the first half to take a somewhat commanding lead 7-4.
Unfortunately, Moorestown would lose Frank somewhat early in the second half due to a second yellow and most would be lying if they said they weren't concerned when Ridgewood would close to within one goal. However, Moorestown rallied and played with even more urgency to secure the win. A frenetic back and forth was played to Moorestown's advantage as the Maroons could not keep up the pace. Moorestown offense would work the ball, kill clock and set the tempo on the remaining five goals to grab a 14-8 lead. Try as the Maroons would to extend their defense to get the ball, Moorestown took advantage of the space to defeat the pressure and "back door the backer" to put the game away.
There were so many great plays made by great players to mention. Rylee Brown was a full field ground ball vacuum. Kayla Frank was her beastful self until exiting early. Robin Panzarella was the one who score when it was needed and got most of the remaining draws when possession mattered most. Delaney Lawler was the captain and leader of the defense. Logan Lillie was masterful in the cage with eight key saves and numerous clears and Kacey Knobloch led with four goals, three in the last six minutes to help put the game away. Everyone had a huge hand in the win and the end season run through a guantlet of games to be the best. Every player made the next play to ensure the trophy was coming back to Motown. Every player was the best version of themselves on this day when it mattered. Winning a TOC title is the most difficult accomplishment in high school sports. Every team in the playoffs loses their last game but the final team standing. In 2018, it was once again MGLAX!
It matters to me. It matters to us. IT MATTERS!