When the Moorestown High School girls lacrosse team lost the state championship to Summit, it marked the second year in a row the Quakers fell short of winning a state championship.
That may not seem like much of a drought for most teams in most sports. But for South Jersey’s most successful program, it’s gone down as a major disappointment to say the least.
Nevertheless, Moorestown was once again clearly the best of South Jersey’s girls lacrosse programs. Accordingly, the Quakers have been selected as the No. 1 team in the South Jersey Sports Digest ratings, completing a wire-to-wire run at the top.
Moorestown ended the season with a 20-3 record with wins over No. 3 Lenape, No. 4 Haddonfield, No. 6 Seneca, and No. 8 Ocean City. All of their losses were to teams from outside the area, including the state Group 3 championship game.
Earlier in the season, iconic coach Deanna Knobloch spoke about the honor she feels about being at the helm of such a team.
“It’s a program that I’m extremely proud to be the coach of,” Knobloch said. “I’ve been extremely lucky to have amazing girls who work so hard to uphold the tradition of excellence that all the previous girls have done before them.”
The Quakers are followed at No. 2 by Eastern, a team that closed late and earned a trip to the Group 4 state championship game.
The Vikings had a seven-game winning streak snapped by Bridgewater-Raritan in the state title game.
Lenape comes in at No. 3 after having spent much of the season undefeated. The Indians sustained a loss to Moorestown in a game that was hastily scheduled at the end of the regular season, and then fell to Eastern in the sectional semifinals.
Haddonfield locked down the No. 4 berth after the Bulldawgs earned their way into the state Group 2 championship game before losing to Bernard’s.
Middle Township rose to No. 5 by winning the South Jersey Group 1 championship, but like all the other local teams, the Panthers ultimately lost in the state championship game to perennial small-school power Oak Knoll.
No. 6 Seneca showed well in the post season by knocking out No. 8 Ocean City in the Group 3 Tournament. The Golden Eagles then went on to play Moorestown and gave the Quakers a great deal of trouble before going down to defeat.
Perhaps the biggest surprise team in the post-season, however, was Rancocas Valley.
Unranked at the start of the tournament, the Red Devils rolled all the way to the Central Jersey Group 4 title where they were defeated by Eastern.
Cherokee and Clearview round out the top 10. Both have some big wins that were tempered by disappointing losses.
Cherokee comes in No. 9, despite sustaining a disappointing season-ending loss to unranked Shawnee in the Group 4 tournament.
The No. 10 Pioneers were eliminated in Group 4 by Eastern after having beaten the Vikings during the regular season.
Final Girls Top 10
1. Moorestown, 20-3, Prv. 1
2. Eastern, 14-6, 2
3. Lenape, 15-2, 2
4. Haddonfield, 18-3, 4
5, Middle Twp., 18-3, 8
6. Seneca, 14-5, 5
7. Rancocas Valley, 15-7 , NR
8. Ocean City, 17-3, 7
9. Cherokee, 11-7, 10
10. Clearview, 11-7, 6
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