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BULLETIN: Oct. 12, 2017 — Moorestown (N.J.) upsets North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.), setting up an enormous week in the Garden State

The field hockey programs from North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) and Moorestown (N.J.) have been extremely successful in the last 40 years, winning 33 state championships between them. Indeed, it’s difficult to believe that these two teams have almost never been in the same classification: the only time these two storied programs have ever met in the state final was in 1995, when Moorestown prevailed.

But it’s hard to believe that Moorestown’s last state championship was in 2006. But after today’s 2-0 win over defending Tournament of Champions trophy-holder West Essex, the Quakers could very well be contenders this year.

Delaney Lawler’s goal with under two minutes remaining in the first half was all that Moorestown would need. Catherine Dare finished off a breakaway in the 53rd minute to ensure the Quaker win.

The result sets up an enormous week of non-conference games in New Jersey. Saturday mrning at 10 a.m., Moorestown will host Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) at the on-campus football stadium. It is a game which already had tremendous family implications, as Eastern coach Danyle Heilig played for Joan Lewis at Moorestown, and is also the aunt of Moorestown’s Delaney Lawler. But the stakes in this contest have suddenly increased with today’s result.

West Essex, after games with Columbia and Montclair-Kimberley Academy, will be facing Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) on Tuesday. After that game, Oak Knoll finishes off the season against two Group IV teams — Bridgewater-Raritan and Shawnee.

Suffice it to say, this is an awesome appetizer even before the state tournament begins.