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April 25, 2015 — The measure of a streak

Yesterday afternoon, the fourth-longest known winning streak in the history of girls’ scholastic lacrosse came to an end as Ridgewood (N.J.) defeated Moorestown (N.J.) 11-10 after extra time.

It was a tight game which saw the host Maroons on the front foot for most of the match, taking a 9-8 lead into the final two minutes before conceding an equalizer that sent the match into an extra session.

Hannah Cermack, just a sophomore, scored that equalizer as well as both Ridgewood goals in extra time.

A bit of perspective on the breadth of this streak is needed here. The last time Moorestown lost a game was 2011, when it dropped the Tournament of Champions final to this same Ridgewood program.

In the 88 games since, the Quakers won three state championships, three Tournament of Champions titles, and scored victories over some impressive out-of-state programs such as Vero Beach (Fla.), Suffern (N.Y.), and Wallingford Strath Haven (Pa.).

It must be said, however, that the Quakers didn’t schedule an out-of-state opponent for the first month and a half of its season. Perhaps it’s because of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association rule which states that 80 percent of a team’s games before the state tournament cutoff must be against NJSIAA-member schools.

Despite the end of this particular streak, Moorestown has a unique place in girls’ lacrosse history. They are the only program with three known winning streaks of 60 or more games or longer. The 88-game streak was the fourth-longest of all time.

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