Group 3 State Final Preview


Shawnee (19-4) vs. Ridgewood (12-9)

5 p.m. Wednesday at Ridge

Shawnee's road to the state final: Beat Steinert, 18-2; Colts Neck, 14-6; Princeton, 5-4; Moorestown, 4-3 (OT).

Ridgewood's road to the state final: Beat Hanover Park, 19-0; Vernon, 17-0; Millburn, 7-6; West Morris, 6-3.

Shawnee player to watch: Junior goalie Reese Tursi made 18 saves in a 4-3 win over Moorestown in the South Jersey Group 3 final. He has 229 saves this season.

Ridgewood player to watch: Senior goalie Noah Pounds, a Naval Academy recruit, made 10 saves in the North Jersey Group 3 final against West Morris.

Fast fact: Ridgewood is the defending Group 3 state champion.

In pursuit of history: Shawnee is seeking the first state title in the program's 11-year history.

- Phil Anastasia