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Nov. 20, 2015 — BULLETIN: Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) completes a unique journey in dominating fashion

Coming into tonight’s NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final at Kean University, the Group IV champion Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) field hockey team has alternated relatively close games with dominating shutouts over the last couple of weeks.

Unluckily for NJSIAA Non-Public champion Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.), the previous Eastern game was a workmanlike 4-1 win. True to form, Eastern, the No. 1 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10, pitched another dominating shutout.

Eastern won 5-0 over a Royals team that had taken a 1-0 lead on the Vikings when the two teams met on Sept. 19th. But this time around, Eastern didn’t give Oak Knoll a chance. Alexis Pettisani, as is her wont, got the T of C fourth-seeded Vikings off to a good start in the fifth minute off a corner. In the 11th, Eastern had a second through sophomore Jessica Maute, also on a penalty corner.

For the next 30 minutes of play, the teams ebbed back and forth until Oak Knoll earned three consecutive penalty corners. Eastern’s penalty corner defense unit smothered all three shots before they got to goalie Cassie Kincaid.

Moments after that third corner, Maute had her brace, staking Eastern to a 3-0 lead. Just 27 seconds later, it was senior Nikki Santore making it a 4-0 lead with under 19 minutes remaining. It was up to Alanna Golotto — a defender — to finish off the scoring.

As a team, Eastern scored 235 goals, tying the 2013 team for the second most all-time for a season.

Statistics aside, the T of C championship means so much more to Eastern in 2015 because the team won four games in seven days because of the way the tournament was seeded. Eastern has proven itself an exceptional program over the last 17 seasons under head coach Danyle Heilig’s tutelage, and this might have been their finest hour.

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