A Strong Season for Moorestown Friends Girls’ Lacrosse Team

A Strong Season for Moorestown Friends Girls’ Lacrosse Team
The season had ended in a championship game and despite suffering a defeat, Moorestown Friends girls’ lacrosse coach Julie Rothwell couldn’t be prouder of her team.
 
While the finale, a 12-1 loss to Haddon Township in the South Group 1 championship game, wasn’t the way the Foxes wanted to go out, deep down, Rothwell knew that her team had given her everything they had.
 
To advance to finals while being among the lowest enrollment school in Group 1, was a great accomplishment, something that Rothwell readily acknowledged. (With 227 students in grades 10-12, Moorestown Friends is the third smallest school in the 13-team South Group 1 field).
 
“We had some great wins, suffered some tough losses but we had a heck of a season,” Rothwell said.
 
Moorestown Friends ended 12-8, but play in the highly competitive Friends League in addition to facing a strong non-league schedule.
 
One of those non-league teams was Haddon Township, which beat Moorestown Friends 11-4 in the regular season.
 
In the championship, the Hawks were on their game.
 
Yet reaching the final was quite a feat for Moorestown Friends. The Foxes defeated defending South Group 1 champion Woodstown, 14-13 in a classic semifinal game.
 
“It was an amazing game,” Rothwell said of the semifinal victory. “They girls played with everything they had.”
 
Woodstown tied the game at 13-13 with 55 seconds left and Rothwell called timeout.
 
“I told them we had to want it more and our players dug deep and pulled it out,” she said.
 
Rothwell wanted to make a final charge with 20 seconds left. Junior Bella Runyan eventually scored the game winner.
 
Runyan, who has committed to Villanova to play basketball, senior Meghan Roberts and sophomore Madison Bouggess were the main offensive players this season.
 
In the win over Woodstown, Runyan scored seven goals, Bouggess added four and Roberts scored three.
 
For the season Roberts scored 88 goals, Runyan 86 and Bouggess 43.
 
Roberts ended with 199 goals in her career.
 
“She had a tremendous year, a tremendous career,” Rothwell said of Roberts.
 
In addition to the win over Woodstown, Moorestown Friends opened the tournament with two convincing victories, beating Maple Shade, 14-0 and Holy Spirit, 18-5. Roberts led the way with eight goals against Maple Shade and added nine goals in the victory over Holy Spirit.
 
Moorestown Friends should remain highly competitive next season. The Foxes will lose five seniors.

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Besides Roberts, the other seniors were Micaela Coll, Julianna DeNittiss, Lauren Radack and Kayla Vidal. With Runyan and Bouggess leading the offense, the Foxes should be a factor again next season in Group 1.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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