Has Moorestown not hit its stride?

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Lauren Martinelli of Moorestown. (Akira Suwa/Staff Photographer)

Moorestown girls' lacrosse coach Deanna Knobloch knows her team is good.

She just thinks the Quakers can be better.

"I'm not sure we've played our best lacrosse yet," Knobloch said after Moorestown's 17-5 victory over Princeton on Thursday in the South Jersey Group 3 championship game.

Moorestown (23-0) has another chance to raise its game to another level Saturday in the Group 3 state final against North Jersey champion Mendham (13-6) at noon at Monmouth University.

Moorestown, which has won 74 games in a row, will seek its fourth consecutive state title and 14th since 2000.

"We want to go out with a bang," Moorestown senior attack Marie McCool said.

Moorestown has won its last seven games by an average of more than 16 goals. The Quakers were on top of their game in the victory over Princeton, as 10 girls hit the scoring column and junior Gabby Cooper (eight saves) looked sharp in goal.

"I was very excited by how they played," Knobloch said after the victory over Princeton. "This was a total team effort. We were patient on offense. We spread the ball around. Lots of girls scored. Our defense was strong, and Gabby was incredible.

"They seem to be stepping up their game in the postseason."

If it defeats Mendham, Moorestown will advance to the Tournament of Champions semifinals Wednesday. The T of C final will be next Saturday.

The Quakers have their sights set on three more wins, which would give them a 77-0 record in the seniors' final three seasons.

"We've been together for so long," senior Tristan McGinley said of Moorestown's nine seniors. "We want to finish strong."


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