As we countdown to 2016, we take a look back at the top 15 games of the 2015 calendar year at Cinnaminson High School. It was a fun, successful year for the Pirates sports teams, making plenty of playoff appearances along the way.
Disclaimer: Not all of these games will be victories. Some of the most entertaining games played this year just might have been losses.
#15 Boy’s Tennis Drops Hard-Fought Game to Palmyra
Our disclaimer comes into effect with our first game on the countdown. Palmyra came to town for the fourth match of the season for the Pirates, who had already beaten their neighbors to open the season 4-1. This was a much closer match, with Cinnaminson falling 3-2. The match was tied at two with the doubles team of Scott Lallo and Bryan Bogin taking a 7-5 victory in the first set, but then dropping consecutive sets by scores of 7-6 (7-5) and 7-6 (7-3).
#14 Boy’s Lacrosse Records 5-4 Win Over Holy Cross
In what was a season of learning and growth for the boy’s lacrosse program, their 2015 season opener makes our list at number 15. The Pirates hosted rival Holy Cross in the first-ever BCSL boy’s lacrosse game and boy was it a good one. Cinnaminson needed a late-game comeback to take down the Lancers 5-4. Trailing 4-1 at the break, the Pirates hunkered down for a dogfight in the second half. Alex Artur scored two goals in the final 3:55 to tie and then win the game in regulation for the Pirates.
#13 Boy’s Volleyball Records 200th Win in Program History
Camden High School payed a visit to the Pirates in the spring and became a part of the program’s history. The 2-0 victory for Cinnaminson was the 200th for the program in just 10 seasons. Win 200 gets added to a long list of accomplishments for the Pirates, who have held a #3 ranking in the state, multiple Backyard Brawl titles, alums playing in college and multiple playoff appearances. Cinnaminson took both sets against Camden by identical 25-13 scores.
#12 Golf Captures First-Ever Burlington County Open
Little Mill Country Club was the spot for the Burlington County Open this year in golf and the Pirates returned home with the program’s first-ever County Open title. The team won the event with a score of 333. Matt Haddon led the way for Cinnaminson with an 80. David Gall shot an 83, Greg Shiffer 84, Josh Elder 86 and Tim Jones a 92 to round out the top five.
#11 Softball Drops Regular Season Finale to Delran in Extras
Here is where our disclaimer comes into effect again and boy was this a good one. Despite the loss to Delran, 7-6 in 9 innings, this was such a fun game. First off, it was played at Wood Park under the lights. The Pirates went down 6-1 early on senior night, but fittingly enough, Shannon Profy tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run single just hours after being honored prior to the game. The Bears plated the winning run in the top of the 9th and held Cinnaminson scoreless in the bottom half to win.
#10 Girl’s Volleyball Takes Down Sterling 2-1 Thursday
In what turned out to be a signature match for the girl’s volleyball program this year, the Pirates came from behind to defeat visiting Sterling 2-1 during their fall 2015 season. After dropping the first set 25-14, the Pirates focused all of their energy on making a comeback for their 15th win of the year. The second set went to the Pirates 26-24 after scoring the final three points. The third and final set was dominated by Cinnaminson 25-18 en route to a 2-1 match victory.
#9 Baseball Uses Long Ball to Defeat Moorestown on the Road
Down 3-2 going into their final at-bat, the Pirates needed some magic to pull out a road victory against Moorestown late in the season’s first month. Shortstop Jimmy Cicale had already launched a solo home run earlier in the game and now it was Travis Pewor’s turn. Pewor turned a two-out, 3-2 pitch into a two-run shot to give the Pirates a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. Eddie Gore returned to the mound for the final three outs to earn the victory in relief.
#8 Girl’s Lacrosse Wins Thriller Against Northern Burlington
In the midst of a difficult stretch of games, the girl’s lacrosse team hosted Northern Burlington in their 13th game of the season. It was a see-saw affair, with the Pirates holding a 7-6 advantage at halftime. The second half was much of the same, with the Pirates squeezing out a 13-12 victory for their 9th of the season. The fourth goal of the game for Shannon Forbes with 1:50 left was the winner and goalie Emily Brennan made some impressive saves to prevent the Greyhounds from sending it to overtime.
#7 Field Hockey Advances to Third Round on Penalty Strokes
One of the most exciting games of 2015 came during the fall season when field hockey used penalty strokes to take down visiting Gloucester in the second round of the Central, Group 1 playoffs. The game remained tied at one after 80 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods, leading the Pirates into penalty strokes. Marissa Porrini kept the Pirates season alive by tying the best-of-five at one. In the fourth round of sudden death, Nikki Teague put the Pirates up 1-0. Keeper Lauren Friedrich made one final save to send the Pirates into the third round.
#6 Wrestling Wins Sectional Title with 55-18 Rout of Point Pleasant Beach
After having a bye in the first round of the Central, Group 1 tournament, Cinnaminson took down Shore 54-16 in the second round to advance to the finals. The Pirates routed Point Pleasant Beach 55-18 to win the first sectional title in program history. Kevin Schoch picked up a major decision as a freshman and Ryan Teague took home a 15-0 technical fall win to pace the Pirates. Heavyweight Keith Swartley did not face an opponent due to forfeiture.
#5 Girl’s Basketball Rebounds for 43-38 Win Over Holy Cross
Less than one month after dropping a 37-35 game to Holy Cross, the Pirates rebounded the next time out against the Lancers with a 43-38 victory over their rivals. Caitlyn Kollar led the way with 15 points and Marisa DiLeo finished with 11 to combine for more than half of the Pirates output. The big run was a 14-4 second quarter for the Pirates that gave them 25-17 lead at halftime.
#4 Boy’s Basketball Stuns Holy Cross at the Buzzer
The boys were in the same situation as the girls, having lost to Holy Cross less than one month prior, 52-46. This time around, in Delran, the Pirates got their revenge in a huge way; a buzzer-beater to win 57-54. Mark Staudenmayer hit the shot, which prevented Holy Cross from winning the division and continued one of the best sports rivalries in all of Burlington County. Jack Hart led the way with 20 points and Conor Bresnahan had 15.
#3 Boy’s Soccer Advances to Second Round on Penalty Kicks
This game looked like it was over as Cinnaminson led 2-1 very late in the second half, but a questionable call on a play in the box resulted in a penalty kick for Pinelands. Pinelands converted on the chance to tie the game at two with just 1.2 seconds left. The two teams played through two overtime periods to get to penalty shots to determine a winner. Cinnaminson dominated the penalty shot round, 4-1, to advance to the second round of the South, Group 2 playoffs. The Pirates could have easily let the penalty kick call affect them in overtime, but played excellent defense to force the game to decisive penalty kicks.
#2 Girl’s Soccer Wins Third Straight Saturday
In their first meeting with rival Holy Cross this fall season, girl’s soccer enjoyed a 3-2 statement victory over the Lancers at home before playing to a 0-0 tie three days later in Delran. Another questionable call cost the Pirates a player in this one, but Cinnaminson responded to score two goals down a player to hand Holy Cross their first loss of the season. Two of the Pirates three goals came from Alex Keck.
#1 Football Makes Statement with 45-34 Victory Over Pemberton
Coming into this divisional contest, the Hornets were undefeated and primed for big things. The Pirates knew they had to win to stay in the race for the division title. Cinnaminson jumped out to a 28-12 lead at halftime and never let Pemberton tie the game. The Pirates led the entire way en route to their seventh win of the season, 45-34. Devon Taylor picked off two Joe Benson passes and caught a 35-yard strike from Shaun Davilla.
Well, there you have it. Our Top 15 Games of 2015. We hope you enjoyed the look back at the year that was. Think a different game should be on this list? Tell us in the comments section. Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy New Year!