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Moorestown field hockey team

looks to state championship


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THE BUSINESS EXPO
Last year, team won its fourth sectional championship in five years
and hopes to improve upon this record in coming season
Presented by By LINDSEY NOLEN
The Sun

* Last year, the Moorestown


High School field hockey team
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heading into the playoffs, Ali
Collins, varsity field hockey
coach, said.
Last year, Powell had 17 goals
and eight assists; Lawler had
eight goals and eight assists; and
Vassighi had nine goals and five
assists, helping the Quakers tie
with Rancocas Valley for first
place in the Burlington County
Scholastic League Liberty Divi-
sion. However, their season ended
with a loss in the Group III state
semifinals against Ocean City. LINDSEY NOLEN/The Sun
Im really excited for the sea- Top, Clare McGreevy, left, and Tamlin Unruh practice defensive skills
son to start because we have most during Moorestown field hockeys pre-season practice on Monday, Aug.
of the girls back and everyone 22. Above, teammates gather around head coach Ali Collins for instruc-
has been improving over the sum- tion during a pre-season practice.
mer. This year, the atmosphere is
so much more exciting with too and great talent, Collins said. really make that decision until
everyones dedication and focus, The team also has three sopho- the end of the preseason after
Powell said. more goaltenders, Logan Don- weve seen everybody play some
After having graduated mid- ahue, Katie Stefano and Lauren good competition.
fielder Susan Orth, who tied Pow- Pickul, battling for the starting Moorestown High School field
ell with most goals for the season spot. Collins hopes that through hockey has won the state champi-
at 17, the team is now looking to their individual drive to obtain onship 16 times, and this year has
its fairly large senior class that in- the starting position, each goalie its sights set on shooting for the
cludes a lot of experience on de- will help push the entire team to teams 17th.
fense to maintain its consistent have the strongest defensive back- Our focus this year is that we
strength and skill. field possible. are picking up where we left off
We have a tremendous defense Theyre competing right now and raising the bar, Collins said,
coming back this year led by to see who is going to win that The motto is, keep your eyes on
Nicki Dadino and Kaitlyn Valenti- starting position. All three of the prize and work toward it
no. We also have some sopho- them have great experience from every day. Dont worry about indi-
mores that will be playing defense last year, and well see how vidual games, dont worry about
that will be really great because theyre able to challenge each individual teams, but focus on
they were starters last year as other and who is going to rise to that end goal, which is getting
freshmen so they have experience the top, Collins said. We wont back to the state championship.
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