March 30, 2012

No. 4 TCNJ Topples No. 2 Gettysburg

from press release

EWING, N.J. - In the women's lacrosse version of "Friday Night Lights," The College of New Jersey women's lacrosse team provided plenty of excitement as the Lions knocked off top-ranked and defending national champion Gettysburg College 17-15 at Lions' Stadium.

The win put the fourth-ranked Lions at 9-1 on the season and extended their growing home winning streak to 17 straight.

The loss was the first of the season for the undefeated Bullets (7-1).

TCNJ led 8-7 at the half and then scored the first four goals of the new frame as Lauren Pigott (Jobstown, NJ/Northern Burlington) netted the first of those on a free-position goal and junior Trenna Hill (Syracuse, NY/Lafayette) netted the next three. Those four goals all came in the first eight minutes and put the hosts in front 12-7.

The Bullets made it a two-goal game with three consecutive goals, but TCNJ's Alex Spark (Harvey Cedars, NJ/Southern Regional) regained two of them with back-to-back tallies.

TCNJ went on to lead 16-11, but Gettysburg continued to fight battling back to a one-goal deficit at 16-15 as Lindsay Robinson (Potomac, MD/Holton-Arms) notched her second of the game on an assist from Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, CT/Berkshire School) with 3:19 remaining.

Pigott made it a two-goal margin with 1:39 left, but the Bullets again didn't go away as Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) had a great scoring chance, but her shot rang off the near post with 30 seconds left on the clock. Lion senior Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) then scooped up a ground ball and raced the entire length of the field killing off the rest of the clock assuring TCNJ of the win.

The opening 30 minutes was a half of runs as the team put together modest runs. The Lions led 2-1 thanks to goals from Pigott and Spark, while the Bullets got a goal from Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, NJ/Bernards).

Gettysburg then scored five straight goals to jump out to a 6-2 lead as senior attack Hannah Church (Ellicott City, MD/Mount DeSales) scored three of those goals.

TCNJ countered with a 6-0 run with Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) scoring the first three, including a quick-stick shot on a nice feed from Jen Garavente (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp.). Those three goals by Notos made it 6-5, while Hill scored on another quick-stick depositing a Mitchell pass into the Gettysburg net.

Pigott and Spark capped that run with goals making 8-6, while Markiewicz scored for the Bullets to round out the scoring in the opening frame as TCNJ led by a goal at the break.

Spark led all players with six goals, while Pigott and Notos each finished with four. Mitchell dished out five assists giving her 50 on the season. Mitchell is the only player in program history to record 50 assists in a season and she has done it three times.

Church paced the Bullets with four goals and a pair of assists.

TCNJ returns to New Jersey Athletic Conference play on Tuesday hosting Rowan University at 7 p.m., while the Bullets are right back on the field tomorrow taking on Swarthmore College at 2 p.m.

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