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June 1, 2019 — On the verge of a unique treble

Today at 2 p.m. at Kean University, the Group IV girls’ lacrosse championship for the state of New Jersey will be contested.

For one of the schools, Ridgewood (N.J.), it’s a chance to repeat as group champions for the third straight year.

But for the other, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), it’s the chance for a different kind of treble.

In the fall, Eastern not only won the state’s field hockey championship (in both Group IV and the Tournament of Champions), but also the girls’ soccer championship with a 1-0 win over Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.). A win today would secure a sweep in field-invasion sports at the school during the same academic year.

It’s a feat that hasn’t happened (that we know of) since Moorestown (N.J.) won the 2004 field hockey and girls’ soccer championships, and added the girls’ lacrosse title in the spring.

Of course, it was probably easier to transfer skills between sports a decade and a half ago, given the fact that coaches of the field hockey and lacrosse teams used to be one in the same. But as coaches have gravitated to just one sport, and some scholastic athletes have done likewise, it is something you’re not going to see as often, going forward.

Then again, if Moorestown is able to win its Group III game today, the Quakers might have had another claim on the field-invasion treble but for a 1-0 loss in the girls’ soccer final to Allendale Northern Highlands (N.J.).