Don't let the map fool you - the Cherry Hill East boys' lacrosse team has made some long bus rides back from Eastern.
But thanks to the stellar play of goaltender Jesse Viggiano, the Cougars finally found a reason to celebrate during the three-mile trip home from Voorhees on Thursday afternoon.
Cherry Hill East cut down Eastern, 8-4, to defeat the Vikings for the first time.
Freshman Evan Campbell scored early in the first quarter, and the Cougars never trailed because of Viggiano's 20 saves.
The Olympic American opponents have faced off twice a year for the last 10 seasons.
Elsewhere in the Olympic American, Reece Tursi made 14 saves to steady Shawnee in its 8-4 victory over visiting Cherokee. David Smith netted a game-high three goals for the Renegades.
Nonleague. Evan Sibson poured in eight goals and Randy Collins chipped in another five as Absegami rolled into Winslow Township and won, 20-7. Trey Anderson scored all seven of the Eagles' goals.
Joe Eisele put up three goals, and Charlie Kitchen, Chase Young, and Dean DiSimone each scored twice to lead visiting St. Augustine past Moorestown, 11-5.
Aaron Bennett compiled two goals, four assists and three ground balls to help Rancocas Valley slip by visiting Allentown, 11-9.
Greg Avis flashed all his tools in Delsea's 9-5 nonleague victory over GCIT.
The centerfielder made a diving catch with the bases loaded in the sixth inning to keep the Crusaders down by 4-0.
He then drove in two runs with two outs in the top of the seventh and earned the win in relief when Delsea rallied in the bottom of the eighth.
In other nonleague action:
Tommy Walters finished 3 for 4 with a run and drove in the winning run with a single in the sixth to lead Bordentown past visiting Pennsauken, 6-4. Nick Callahan earned the win by striking out six in two innings of relief.
Tyler Dearden struck out two in a four-hitter to lead Rancocas Valley over Holy Cross, 9-0.
Michael Scott went 3 for 5 with three RBIs to help Burlington Township flatten Trenton Catholic, 17-0, in Trenton.
With his team on the verge of defeat, Cherokee's Grant Sokol won 12 straight games to come from behind and knock off Lenape's Cliff Christine, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0, at second singles and secure a 3-2 Olympic Conference victory for the visiting Chiefs.
Elsewhere in the Olympic, Zaire Brooks took down Nate Ellis, 6-4, 6-3, in the deciding match at second singles to give Winslow Township a 3-2 triumph at Timber Creek.
Colonial. Lindenwold's Douglas Bardales rallied to defeat Brandon Lanchang, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 2 singles and clinch a 3-2 win over visiting Audubon.