After her team lost to one of the country's top-ranked girls' lacrosse teams, Strath Haven coach Rachel Busza was indifferent. She said the competition was nothing new to her Panthers.
"Do I think they're better than us? No," Busza said after a 9-5 loss to Moorestown on Saturday. "I think if they were in the Central League, they'd be right up there with us, Conestoga . . . all the regulars."
The Panthers lost to the Quakers, ranked No. 1 in the area phillylacrosse.com and No. 3 in North America by TopLaxRecruits.com, on a sunny afternoon at George L. King Field in Wallingford, Pa.
Moorestown improved to 15-0, but the Panthers gave the Quakers their closest game of the season.
Moorestown is on a 37-game winning streak and is beating opponents by an average of 15 goals this season.
However, the Quakers found themselves down a goal early in the first half. It took a second-half rally after Strath Haven had tied the game with a little more than 23 minutes remaining to put away the Panthers.
Jessica Dadino led the Quakers with three goals. Frankie Angeleri and Mary Flick each added two.
Senior attack Morgan Glassford, a Temple recruit, paced Strath Haven with two goals. She scored twice within a minute to tie the game early in the second half, but Moorestown ended the game on a 4-0 run.
"We came into the second half with a ton of confidence, and we were ready to get those goals," Glassford said.
Strath Haven dropped to 13-3.
Moorestown 5 4 - 9
Strath Haven 3 2 - 5
Goals: M-Frankie Angeleri 2, Jessica Dadino 3, Mary Flick 2, Marie McCool, Margaret Nissen; SH-Erica Conner, Morgan Glassford 2, Suzanna Penikis, Kirsten Wilhelmsen.
Saves: M-Shannon Keeler 6; SH-Hallie Yancey 11.