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R.H.S. Girls Lacrosse: Imperfect ending can’t dim Ridgewood’s dominance


JUNE 12, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015, 12:31 AM

RIDGEWOOD — The number of inexperienced players that took the field at the start of the lacrosse season for the Ridgewood High School girls team provided an easy target for outside observers to express concern about the squad’s chances.

Head coach Karla Mixon knew it wouldn’t be a problem.

“I knew that this team was a special team,” Mixon said at the program’s season-ending banquet, held Wednesday at The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood. “I was able to see that talent in the tryouts… I wasn’t too worried about that.”

The young Maroons proved their coach right, opening the year with 23 straight wins before falling to Summit, 6-5, in the semifinals of the State Tournament of Champions last week.

The loss came with controversy after officials disallowed a potential go-ahead goal late in the game by Ridgewood after ruling it was scored with an illegal stick. Summit’s Julia Persche scored the game-winner with seconds remaining, but video of the goal showed that a Summit teammate took Persche’s stick and appeared to adjust it during the celebration before handing it back to Persche.

Ridgewood called for a stick check, but officials deemed it legal and the goal counted.

The setback was a tough way for the Maroons to end their season, but it could not erase the history that the team had made.

The 23-1 record tied the 2011 squad for the best mark in program history, and the team once again claimed the Stars and Stripes Division title.

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Heartbreak for R.H.S. girls lacrosse


JUNE 4, 2015    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015, 1:20 AM

WEST LONG BRANCH — Standing on the sideline just beside the Ridgewood bench, Hannah Cermack and Katie Bourque stood together in an emotional, tear-filled embrace.

No words at the time, however, could ease the pain they felt following the Maroons’ 6-5 loss to Summit on Wednesday in the girls lacrosse Tournament of Champions semifinals at Monmouth University.

There have been tough, season-ending losses deep in state tournaments before. What made matters worse this time around was not the loss itself, but the fashion in which it came.

The potentially perfect season for top-seeded Ridgewood (23-1) ended in an all-too imperfect way. That end included losing a second-half lead, a star player for the final 10:54, watching a late goal taken off the scoreboard in a tie game and witnessing Summit score the game-winner with 3.4 seconds remaining.

“It is a little harder to take the way this went,” coach Karla Mixon said after her team’s first appearance in the TOC since 2012. “It is what it is, though. We can’t change anything now.”

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R.H.S. Girls Lacrosse: creates Lax Day ‘mirth-quake’


MAY 1, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015, 12:31 AM

RIDGEWOOD — A win in April, no matter how big, won’t raise the expectations of the Ridgewood High School girls lacrosse team, which already has its sights set on the ultimate prize: a State Tournament of Champions title.

However, there is no denying that last Saturday’s 11-10 overtime win over perennial powerhouse Moorestown — winner of the past three TOC finals — did plenty to make that goal appear within reach.

Ridgewood sophomore Hannah Cermack delivered the game-winner from the right side with 27 seconds left in overtime to help the Maroons snap Moorestown’s 88-game winning streak.