BORDENTOWN---Trailing at halftime didn’t seem too daunting to Haddonfield.
The Bulldawgs scored their first goal right before halftime and went on to score three more in a row to down Madison 4-3 in the Group 1 title game at Bordentown on Saturday.
Bridget McCormick notched the tally in the closing stages of the opening 30 minutes to give the Dawgs a bit of confidence.
“That made us realize we’re still in the game and two goals is really nothing,” McCormick said. “We can come back from that.”
McCormick went on to strike the back of the cage on two more occasions to give Haddonfield the lead for good.
“I really think we needed to score a lot just to get the momentum going and to keep scoring to build up our confidence,” McCormick said.
Sophie Popp contributed a critical insurance goal that turned out to be the game-winner off a penalty corner with 8:45 remaining in the second half.
“I think it was really important,” Popp said. “It gave us that extra confidence that we needed to finish out the game.”
Although Madison brought itself within one with 2:47 left, the Dodgers couldn’t knock in a fourth goal against the back-to-back Group 1 champions.
“It’s amazing,” Popp said. “Last year we hadn’t won a state final in 25 years. To win it back to back is amazing and unreal.”
Moorestown 6, Warren Hills 1
The Quakers secured the Group 3 title in the opening game of the quintuple-header at Bordentown.
Delaney Lawler and Avery Powell scored two goals each for Moorestown, while Kayla Frank and Colleen Craven each found the back of the cage once.
Eastern 8, Bridgewater-Raritan 0
Eastern won its 19th straight Group 4 title in a romp in the second game on Championship Saturday.
Kara Heck notched a hat-trick for the victorious Vikings, while Tara Somers, Krystyna Hovell. Madison Guyer, Olivia Perrone and Jessica Maute recorded a goal each in the victory.
Oak Knoll 4, Bishop Eustace 1
Claire Vasell scored the only goal for the Crusaders in their Non Public Championship defeat to Oak Knoll
Bishop Eustace finished its season 20-3 with another trophy to add to its case in Non Public B.
Rumson Fair-Haven 2, Seneca 0
Seneca’s terrific season came to an end in the final game of Saturday’s action at Bordentown.
The Golden Eagles made it to the Group 2 title game by winning the Central Jersey Group 2 championship and defeating West Deptford in the state semifinals.