Staff Report

The Cape-Atlantic League will be well represented in girls spring sports state championships, as two of the league’s softball teams and one lacrosse team will be vying for some hardware this weekend.

Third-seeded Holy Spirit has been on a tear through the Non-Public B girls lacrosse bracket, as the Spartans dominated Pope John, 15-1, in the opening round, beat Morristown-Beard 18-8 in the quarterfinals, then upset No. 2 Saddle River Day, 14-8, in the semifinals. The Spartans will take on top-seeded Princeton Day on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hunterdon Central for the Non-Public B state championship.

Holy Spirit has been thriving under second-year coach Kylie Primeau, daughter of former NHL star Keith Primeau. She’s guided her team to 11 wins in their last 13 games, including three straight following a loss to Ocean City in the inaugural Cape-Atlantic League Tournament championship game.

The Spartans have a high-scoring offense led by captains Maddie Abbott (team-high 64 goals) and Maggie Cella (56 goals, 19 assists), and have gotten great contributions from the likes of Hanna Watson (54 goals, team-high 89 assists), Brielle Soltys (27 goals, 13 assists) and Leah Corkhill (28 goals, 22 assists). Holy Spirit is 16-5 overall and has scored 10 or more goals in 12 of the last 13 games.

A pair of CAL softball teams also will be playing for championship trophies this weekend. St. Joseph Academy took down Gloucester Catholic, 3-2, to win the Non-Public B South crown earlier this week and now the Wildcats play Morris Catholic today at 4:30 p.m. at Seton Hall University for the Non-Public B state title. St. Joe has won three in a row and six of its last eight behind the stellar pitching of Ava Fisher. Fisher allowed just three hits while striking out nine in the Cats’ win over Gloucester Catholic, and for the season she has 164 strikeouts in 107 innings. She’s also getting it done at the plate, batting .479 with 46 hits, 47 RBIs, seven doubles and six homers.

The Wildcats have some other big bats that have helped them go 19-9, including senior Katie Dainton (.446/60 runs/24 RBIs/21 stolen bases), Macie Jacquet (.348/42 runs/19 RBIs), Xelynn Rodriguez (.477/53 hits/42 runs/56 RBIs) and Jenna Calchi (.333/27 hits/23 RBIs/16 walks).

Egg Harbor Township, one of the top teams in the state, is also looking to cap its season with a state championship. The Eagles take on perennial power Watchung Hills on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Seton Hall for the Group 4 state championship. EHT is looking to capture its first state championship since 2017. There’s some history with Watchung Hills, as EHT lost to the Warriors 4-0 in the 2016 Group 4 championship game at Kean University.

EHT (25-1) has been on a roll, scoring two shutouts to start the South Jersey Group 4 tournament before blasting GCIT 12-2 and beating Kingsway — the only team to beat EHT this season — 7-3 in the sectional championship game. Sophomore pitcher Madison Dollard has been on fire all season, as she has a 0.74 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 122 innings. She’s allowed only 13 earned runs all season.

Offensively, sophomore Payton Colbert has 40 hits, including 11 doubles, and 36 RBIs, and shortstop Madison Biddle is batting .400 with five doubles, seven homers and 37 RBIs. Freshman Sofia Spatocco has been perhaps the best rookie in South Jersey, racking up 24 hits, 24 RBIs and 18 runs scored. Natalia Stewart has added 32 hits and 30 stolen bases, and Sienna Walterson leads the club with 47 RBIs while hitting .417.

What’s next: Non-Public B Girls Lacrosse State Championship: Holy Spirit vs. Princeton Day at Hunterdon Central, Saturday, 3 p.m. Non-Public B Softball State Championship: St. Joseph Academy vs. Morris Catholic, today, 4:30 p.m. at Seton Hall University. Group 4 Softball Championship: EHT vs. Watchung Hills, Saturday, 7 p.m. at Seton Hall University.