The Lions, No. 11 in the NJ.com Top 20, received a gritty performance in the circle from Maggie Swan and some timely hitting early in the game, and pulled out a 3-2 win over Mount Olive in the Group 4 semifinals at Mike Sheppard Sr. Field at Ivy Hill Park in Newark.
It also marked the 100th career win for North Hunterdon head coach Anthony Rotondo, who is in his fifth year leading the program. It was also a special victory, because it meant that he gets to coach his four seniors in Swan, Sophia Callari, Kady Johnson, and Jessica Nolan, for at least one more game.
“Any time we win it’s a blessing,” Rotondo said. “They’re amazing kids and to get a couple more days to be around them and coach them, that drives me. It’s great to have that. I told them that back to back appearances in the state championship, that is not easy to do.”
The Lions defeated Mount Olive on Thursday.
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