Moorestown survives, captures girls TOC
Though Moorestown celebrated in the end, Chatham made its rival feverishly earn the honor of dancing in jubilation on the girls lacrosse season's last day.
After spending the entire contest in control, Moorestown nearly blew an eight-goal lead in the second half. Chatham used its ferocious rally to make the 2012 Tournament of Champions final one to remember, but ultimately fell short, 12-11, on Saturday evening.
Moorestown punctuated its perfect, 26-0 season and captured its fourth Tournament of Champions title and first since 2009. Ridgewood had won the previous two TOCs.
The Cougars trailed 12-4 at one point, but eventually cut the deficit to one with 2:52 remaining. Moorestown clamped down defensively and held on to end Chatham's 21-game winning streak.
No. 2 Chatham knocked off No. 1 Ridgewood, 11-10, in the semifinals on Tuesday evening and punched its ticket to this event's big stage.
Kate Murphy scored the game-winner with just over two minutes left in the second half and goalkeeper Hannah Reader preserved the tally and punctuated a 17-save performance for Chatham in the Cougars' last victory of their remarkable campaign.
Moorestown, which cruised past Glen Ridge, 14-7, in the other semifinal, was paced by Carly Taglienti's three-goal performance.