By TOM WILLIAMS
Ocean City’s girls lacrosse team made history today.
The Raiders became the first OCHS lacrosse team to win twice in the NJSIAA tournament during the same season and the first to reach the South Jersey championship game.
Ocean City (17-1) defeated Seneca, 19-11, at Carey Stadium to advance to Friday’s South Jersey final (2 pm) at Moorestown. The Quakers defeated Mainland, 19-0, today to reach the final. Moorestown (18-2) has won the South Jersey championship 19 of the last 20 years. They lost in the state final the last two years but have won 15 state championships in the last 18 years. Moorestown defeated Ocean City, 18-3, in a regular season game last month, the Raiders’ lone defeat.
Exclusive video interviews with Coach Alyssa Morrison and junior Emily DiMarino is available below, together with video of the game’s final goal and post-game celebration.
The opening round Group 3 baseball game between Ocean City and Delsea that was scheduled for today was postponed until tomorrow because of wet grounds. The game has to be played tomorrow and, if the 5th & Bay field is still too wet, OCHS officials are looking at playing the game in Upper Township or possibly even Hammonton.
If the Raiders (15-4) win tomorrow against Delsea they will play Seneca (16-5) in a second round baseball game on Thursday in Ocean City. Seneca defeated Absegami, 8-4, in its first round game. The winner of the Seneca game will play either Triton (14-7) or Mainland (14-5) on Tuesday (May 29) in a South Jersey semifinal. If the Raiders win their first two Group 3 games, they will host the semi-final.
Ocean City is scheduled to play at Oakcrest on Thursday and, if the Raiders lose to Delsea, they will play the Falcons on Thursday. If OCHS beats Delsea and plays Seneca on Thursday, the Oakcrest game will be moved to next week. Andrew Bristol’s team must defeat either Oakcrest or Cedar Creek to win the Cape-Atlantic League National Conference championship.
In the lacrosse game, Ashley Devlin scored five times to lead OCHS scoring. Emily DiMarino scored four goals and had two assists. Ali Hendricks also scored four goals. Shannon O’Reilly had two goals and two assists, Anna Devlin scored twice, Danielle Donoghue had a goal and three assists and Ava Auwarter had a goal and two assists.
Abbey Fenton made nine saves, some of them rather remarkable, to hold off the Seneca offense that was at its best in transition. Donoghue, who has one of the best draw winning percentages in South Jersey, was a big factor by controlling the draws and keeping the ball away from Seneca. Junior Cassidy Spilis scored six times for the Golden Eagles, giving her exactly 100 goals this season. She will enter her senior year with 234 career goals.
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