It was a case of Déjà vu for both the Moorestown and Haddonfield high school girls lacrosse teams.
Each squad captured its second straight state championships in games played Saturday at Kean University.
Moorestown, the winningest team in state history, presented first-year coach Colleen Hancox with her first title with a hard-fought 9-8 win over Mendham in the Group 3 title game as goalie Logan Lillie kicked aside a potential tying shot in the waning moments.
Meanwhile Haddonfield cruised past Madison 18-7 in Group 2 as Ashley Campo and Caroline Beckett scored five goals each.
In the Group 4 title game. Eastern fell victim to Ridgewood, which is widely regarded as the state’s best team. 9-4.
Moorestown survives: The Quakers played their first season in more than two decades without the legendary Deanna Knobloch as the head coach, but still prevailed.
Moorestown took a two-goal lead when Rylee Brown scored her third tally of the game and then relied on Lillie to hold on to the lead.
She stepped up after a shot Ashley Peck hit the goal but rebounded to Kelly McIntyre. Mendham’s leading scorer, McIntyre, took a shot from close inside, but Lillie made the save, and the Quakers were able to run out the clock.
Ashley Nutt contributed three goals for the Quakers, while Kayla Frank added two goals.
Haddonfield prevails: The Bulldawgs dominated from start to finish in their Group 2 victory. Madison actually scored the game’s first goal, but Haddonfield scored the next six goals. The Bulldawgs turned a 7-4 halftime lead into 17-4 advantage.
Campo and Beckett were complemented by Brooke Fiannaca with four goals and Gabi Connor with three.
Eastern falls short: The Vikings got off to any early lead but were unable to hold as Ridgewood went on to win its seventh state championship.
Jenna Casole, Kelsey Barratt and Tori Accardo scored early goals to give Eastern the lead, but the Maroon answered to take a 5-4 lead with eight minutes to play in the first half.
Marley Scala scored a game-high three goals for Ridgewood.
Tournament of Champions: Group 1 champion Oak Knoll has been awarded the No. 1 seed in next week’s Tournament of Champions and will play No. 4 Haddonfield. Moorestown is No. 2 and will play No. 3 Ridgewood. Ridgewood beat the Quakers in a regular-season game.
Moorestown repeats: The Quakers cemented their reputation as historically South Jersey’s best boys’ team by winning their second straight and third Group 3 championship in the past four years.
After getting off to a 1-4 record to start the season, the Quakers capped off their long comeback with a 9-6 win over Chatham Friday as five different players scored goals.
Connor McDonough led the way with three goals, followed by Shane Knobloch and Nick Cataline with two each.
Tournament of Champions: The first round will be played Monday at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. In the first game, No. 6 Morristown-Beard plays No. 3 Summit at 5 p.m. In the second game, No. 5 Moorestown plays No. 4 Montgomery at 7:30.
The Moorestown-Montgomery winner will play No. 1 Delbarton on Wednesday at Kean University at 5 p.m. followed by the Morristown-Beard-Summit winner against No. 2 Mountain Lakes at 7:30. The winners will play for the championship Saturday at Kean at 7:30.