Monroe’s memorable lacrosse season comes to an end

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Monroe Township High School's Kaley Battoglia (8) looks to pass off the ball to create a scoring oppurtunity during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Paige Gandy (25) jumps in an attempt to secure a loose ball during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Paige Gandy (25) breaks through a defensive attack during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Paige Gandy (25) breaks for the opponents goal post during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Girls Lacrosse defense huddles during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Girls Lacrosse huddles during a timeout during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Girls Lacrosse breaks from a huddle during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Julianne Palmer (99) tosses a pass across field during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Julianne Palmer (99) looks to make a save during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) tries a break through a defensive attack during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) creates a scoring oppurtunity during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) breaks through a defensive zone during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) creates a scoring oppurtunity during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) faces off against Princeton High School's (7) during an away game at Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) breaks for the opponents goal post during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) takes a shot on goal during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Jill Reina (3) looks to create a scoring oppurtunity during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Jill Reina (3) collects a loose ball during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Abby Viola (4) breaks through a defensive attack during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Abby Viola (4) breaks through a defensive attack during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Abby Viola (4) scoops up a loose ball during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Abby Viola (4) competes for a loose ball in the air during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Kaley Battoglia (8) looks to pass off the ball to create a scoring oppurtunity during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Paige Gandy (25) jumps in an attempt to secure a loose ball during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Paige Gandy (25) breaks through a defensive attack during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Paige Gandy (25) breaks for the opponents goal post during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Girls Lacrosse defense huddles during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Girls Lacrosse huddles during a timeout during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Girls Lacrosse breaks from a huddle during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Julianne Palmer (99) tosses a pass across field during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Julianne Palmer (99) looks to make a save during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) tries a break through a defensive attack during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) creates a scoring oppurtunity during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) breaks through a defensive zone during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) creates a scoring oppurtunity during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) faces off against Princeton High School's (7) during an away game at Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) breaks for the opponents goal post during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Ashley Patten (16) takes a shot on goal during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Jill Reina (3) looks to create a scoring oppurtunity during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Jill Reina (3) collects a loose ball during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Abby Viola (4) breaks through a defensive attack during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Abby Viola (4) breaks through a defensive attack during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Abby Viola (4) scoops up a loose ball during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS
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Monroe Township High School's Abby Viola (4) competes for a loose ball in the air during an away game against Princeton High School on May 21. Monroe Township was defeated in the game 10-0.SCOTT JACOBS

Brett Carroll
Staff Writer

The spring season proved to be a memorable one for the coaches and players on the Monroe Township High School girls’ lacrosse team.

Monroe coach Carly Welsh spoke about this special spring that she experienced with this group of girls.

“A lot,” Welsh said about what she will remember about the season that came to an end when Monroe fell to Princeton High, 17-8, in the Central Jersey, Group 4 state semifinals on May 21 in Princeton.

Welsh continued to talk about the team after the loss to Princeton. The defeat left the Falcons with a final record of 16-6.

“Mainly positives. The team already made it to the semis and state sectionals for the first time since I’ve been here. So, that’s incredible. They’ve won their conference for the second year in a row. Again, something that’s never been done before. Going into today, we worked hard, but you can tell we had some butterflies. We were a little nervous, and it showed. We came out strong in the second half, but you need a full game to win in the state tournament.”

The Falcons will move forward without some key senior players but help is on the way.

“We’re losing a lot of girls,” Welsh reported. “Actually 10 seniors. But, we have a really talented freshman class that will be moving up to varsity next year. So, it’s going to be fun and interesting next year.”

One of those seniors who will be sorely missed is Ashley Patten.

Patten, who played on the attack, finished her sparkling career with 136 goals, 48 assists, 184 points, 16 face-offs won and 92 ground balls.

Patten also expressed her fondness of this 2018 season.

“This was my favorite year playing,” Patten said. “We worked really hard. We made school history by making it here. Even though the score didn’t reflect what we want, we worked really hard on and off the field.”

Patten will attend Penn State in the fall where she hopes to continue playing on a club team at the university.

For next year, Welsh has already targeted a few girls who she will lean on next spring.

“Key contributors will probably include Liz Skobelev,” Welsh said. “She’s going to be a senior next year. Our younger [freshman] players, we have Nyla McCloskey,ย  Kayley Battoglia, Celia Braswell, Rosie Regan, the list goes on, and on.”