The action was non-stop, head-over-heals for Eastern and Shawnee Thursday in a driving rain storm as the No. 1 and No. 2 field hockey teams in South Jersey clashed.
Eastern won, 4-0, but throughout the battle there was no quit in the Renegades. And that made the game exciting to the end.
The shutout was the 12th this season for Eastern goalkeeper Alana Barry and the 51st in her career. Junior Amanda Cooper, senior Brittany Evangelisti and sophomore Gianna Perrone provided the defensive shield that smothered half of the eight shots on goal taken by the Renegades.
"I think Brittany Evangelisti is probably the best defender in South Jersey," Eastern coach Danyle Heilig said. "Alana is a tremendous goalie and I think that she demonstrates that continuously. We had a starting defender out today [sophomore Erin Hoag] but Gianna Perrone and Amanda Cooper, who have taken their turns, did a great job today. So I'm proud of the way the defense played, shutting out a great team like Shawnee."