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Girls lacrosse: Ridgewood beats Summit in TOC rematch


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Sean Farrell , Staff Writer, @seanfarrell927:49 p.m. ET April 1, 2017

RIDGEWOOD – The captain needed a moment.

The emotions hit Hannah Cermack in the huddle when her turn came to offer closing remarks on one of the most meaningful wins of her career.

An opening week victory felt more like a playoff one for Ridgewood. The top-ranked Maroons (2-0) knocked off the team that ended their last two seasons. They passed their first early test with a hard-fought 7-4 win over Summit on Saturday.

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LAX: Championship rematch: No. 7 Summit and No. 1 Ridgewood to face off Saturday after memorable T of C final


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By Evan Slavit | For NJ Advance
on March 31, 2017 4:12 PM, updated March 31, 2017 6:53 PM

Last year’s Tournament of Champions final was as good as it gets.

Both Summit, No 7 in the Top 20, and No. 1 Ridgewood had improbable comebacks late in the game, and it took to double overtime to decide a winner after the two New Jersey powers battled to a one-goal game earlier in the season.

Summit ultimately prevailed by an 11-10 score, winning its first Tournament of Champions title and keeping Ridgewood from winning its third and first since 2011, thanks to a three-goal comeback late in the second half. Ridgewood’s heroics was a goal from Lillie Kloak, who tied the game with 18 seconds left after Summit took the lead in the final few minutes.

Now, with the rain unlikely to postpone Saturday’s noon contest, the two are set up for another classic.

It’s not exactly the same cast of characters, with Summit losing one of the more talented senior classes that included Player of the Year Sara Syznal, as well as Catherine Cordrey, Julia Persche, Callie Humphrey, Maggie Moriarty and Teia Ross.

There’ll still be plenty of firepower on both sides, though.

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Ridgewood Mom Thanks Village for Support During Sons Injury

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They say it takes a village, right? The support that our village gave us and is still giving, during our sons injury has been amazing!

That Tuesday and the days that followed were one of the scariest times in our lives. The support , love and comfort that the Ridgewood village extended our way was heart warming and greatly appreciated. Whether you sent us an email, text, phone call, a meal, cards, gifts, words of love, sent prayers, gave us a hug, took the girls, and so much more, you will never know how much it all meant to us.

Jack is coming along but has months of recovery ahead, so continue to send those prayers his way. He too is amazed by the support we received and thanks you too! We are truly grateful to live in such a wonderful town and have the support of so many.

Thank you to everyone who came to our aid , it was truly appreciated and we thank you form the bottom of our hearts! xoxo Nancy and Tom , Thomas , Brett, Laurel, Kailey and of course JACK!

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The Ridgewood High School girls’ lacrosse team drops in a heart breaker to Summit


June 13,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  The Ridgewood High School girls’ lacrosse team lost in a heart breaker to Summit 11-10  in the Tournament of Champions Saturday. The Maroons (20-3) lost, 11-10, to Summit (24-1) in double-overtime in the final round of NJSIAA’s Tournament of Champions on Saturday at Kean University.

The Ridgewood High School Athletic Department encouraged the young ladies on Twitter to hold their “heads high.” .

“You left it all on the field and had an incredible season,” the tweet said.

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Ridgewood High School was again not portrayed in the best light in the stands or parking lot during the lacrosse tournament

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May 12, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are excited that our girls and boys lacrosse teams both won the Bergen County final round of competition at Mahwah High School on May 7. It was great to see so many people from our community support our teams during the games. We are extremely proud of our coaches and players.

Unfortunately, despite previous warnings and pleas for assistance in my November 30 and December 11 letters regarding the conduct of our fans at the MetLife Stadium football championship game, Ridgewood High School was again not portrayed in the best light in the stands or parking lot during the lacrosse tournament. Administrators from Mahwah High School have notified us that the parking lot parent tailgate in the Ridgewood section was left in a very poor state with trash and alcohol bottles strewn about. In addition, we had one Ridgewood adult fan verbally accost the referees after the game, which required police intervention.

Sadly, the incidents referenced above are not unique to this one weekend. Many of these negative behaviors are illegal, disruptive, and dangerous. Please note that the consumption of alcohol on school grounds, whether at RHS or another school, is illegal and will result in a summons. It can also place students and athletes attending the tailgates in potential jeopardy of accusations by others, resulting in an investigation of the incident. In addition, this type of behavior may result in the County and State athletic associations not allowing Ridgewood to host future events.

At RHS, we will continue to have educational discussions with our students about the effects of drugs and alcohol; assist in the emotional, psychological, and physical development of our teenagers; and teach about character and decision-making through academics, athletics, and the arts.

We ask for your help in being role models for our students and set the correct tone and image we want portrayed of the RHS community.


Thomas A. Gorman, Ed.D.

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Ridgewood vs Northern Highlands in Bergen County boys lacrosse tournament final

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May 7th 2016
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Ridgewood Nj, the Bergen County boys lacrosse tournament final is today at 5pm at Mahwah High School featuring Northern Highlands vs. Ridgewood. Ridgewood is the top ranked team in the county with  Northern Highlands seeded number 2.

Ridgewood defeated 16-Paramus Catholic in the first round , defeated 8-Ramsey in the quarterfinals
and defeated 4-Bergen Catholic in the semifinals while Northern Highlands defeated 15-Old Tappan in the first round,
defeated 10-Pascack Valley in the quarterfinals,defeated 3-Ramapo in the semifinals.

Ridgewood Players to watch ,Cooper Telesco, Kevin Mollihan, Jack Kiernan, Brett Kennedy, Dylan Peabody, Griffin Peene, Zack Feagles, Patrick Holland, Ted Murphy, Ben Pounds.

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Sammy Cermack, former Ridgewood star, drafted in first-ever professional women’s lacrosse league


Sammy Cermack, the 2010 Star-Ledger Player of the Year, was drafted in the first-ever professional women’s lacrosse league in April.
By Brian Deakyne | For NJ Advance Media
on April 29, 2016 11:44 AM

Much of Sammy Cermack’s life has revolved around lacrosse.

Cermack, a John Hopkins University product that played a lead role in Ridgewood’s first-ever Tournament of Champions title six years ago, was named The Star-Ledger/ Player of the Year in 2010 and finished her high school career as one of the most productive players in state history.

After etching her name in the history books back then – when Ridgewood became the first team other than Moorestown to win a ToC title – Cermack scripted another chapter in her storied career two weeks ago, when she was selected by the Philadelphia Force in the inaugural draft of the United Women’s Lacrosse League.

The league, which will begin its expansion season in late May, is comprised of four teams – the Philadelphia Force, Long Island Sound, Baltimore Ride, and Boston Storm. Cermack was selected 39th overall.


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Ridgewood Lacrosse Association’s 19th Annual LAX Day on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00am to 5:00pm!

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Ridgewood NJ,The Ridgewood Lacrosse Association’s 19th Annual LAX Day will be on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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“Having a love of the game and a willingness to work at the skills required in handling the stick are essential to the beginner’s progress, but the keys to success lie in mastering the fundamentals and having the desire to be good.” Lacrosse Technique and Tradition, David Pietramala.

Congratulations to all the new Ridgewood Youth Lacrosse players-PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE and GO WOOD!!!!

ESPN started broadcasting live lacrosse in 1995. What was the most-watched lacrosse game of the ESPN era?

The most-watched lacrosse game of the ESPN era was the 2007 NCAA championship game between Johns Hopkins and Duke at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium with 855,089 viewers. Lacrosse Magazine, March 2016, Vol.40 No.3,

Check out the RLA’s new website The link is

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Reader says Let’s look at what’s needed to support the needs of youth sports in town


One of those 3 60×90 fields is a mess. Lower Hawes barely fits 90 foot baselines. First and third are at the edge of the infield. I think the RBSA has proposed addressing this field but have been turned down by the BOE and the neighborhood. The Somerville field is in good shape and functional but is also a full dirt infield, not the best for ‘true’ baseball. The primary field at Vets was in rough shape at the end of the high school season. Too many teams playing too many games on that field.
I’m a broken record — let’s thank the Willard school district for all of this. They helped pass the vote for getting their school extended while including the field changes at the high school and BF (removing a 60×90 and a softball field). We can go back further to who proposed putting into that vote the field changes and Willard changes. Can’t continue to post-blame at this point.
Let’s look at what’s needed to support the needs of youth sports in town. If soccer, baseball, softball, lax and other field sports can use the field, why is that such a bad thing? I believe (and could be wrong) that there was a review of the field usage and needs in town and we came up short. Schedler will help alleviate these needs.

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Ridgewood girls lacrosse adds another Bergen title to its legacy


MAY 10, 2015    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015, 1:07 AM

MAHWAH — The soon-to-be Ridgewood graduates, like Jordan Ford and Reid Simoncini, stood and posed for pictures with the trophy, just as the previous 10 senior classes had done before them.

The Maroons’ girls lacrosse team had just carried on an unprecedented dynasty, as Ridgewood captured its 11th straight Bergen County title with a near-flawless 16-2 win over previously unbeaten Northern Highlands (19-1) on Saturday.

Essentially everyone involved said the winning never gets old. But the experiences, they say, always differ.

Each one is special. Each one has different players in different roles.

One thing that remains constant, however, is the annual pressure to live up to the Ridgewood legacy.

“Not on your watch!” one parent shouted proudly during the seniors’ trophy photo shoot, declaring the Maroons’ run of county dominance was not going to end with the Class of 2015.

“The pressure that’s on us to keep this going makes it that much more exciting,” said Ford, the James Madison-bound middie who struck for a game-high five goals and one assist as Ridgewood (16-0) stormed out to an 11-2 halftime lead.

“I think in my mind all the time that there’s no possibility we’re going to lose. It’s a tradition we love and a tradition we want to hold on to. Losing is not an option. That’s our motto. Losing is not acceptable here.”

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RHS makes jump in Super 25 Girls Lacrosse after win against Moorestown


By USA TODAY High School Sports May 1, 2015

Ridgewood toppled New Jersey giant Moorestown to move from No. 19 to No. 7 in theSuper 25 Girls Lacrosse rankings provided by 3d Rising.

Hannah Cermack rolled the crease and scored with 27 seconds left in overtime for an 11-10 victory, ending Moorestown’s 88-game win streak. Moorestown had not lost since a 10-9 defeat against Ridgewood in the 2011 Tournament of Champions final.

Moorestown, which had been No. 3 last week and No. 2 for most of the season, fell to No. 8.

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Ridgewood LAX Day Saturday, April 26th

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Ridgewood LAX Day Saturday, April 26th

All are Welcome !

Lax Day held Saturday, April 26th is a celebration of youth lacrosse in Ridgewood conducted in a festival setting and marked by games, activities and apparel sales. All of the Ridgewood Lacrosse Association youth boys and girls teams play a home game that day. In addition, the RHS varsity boys lacrosse team will host Somerville HS, in a battle of NJ lacrosse regional powerhouse. Ridgewood High School will be the center of the festival activities. Lax Day generally runs all day. Youth games begin at 8am. Food and activities commence between 10-11am. RHS game is about 2pm. The day ends at 4-5pm.

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