March 10, 2009

No. 4 TCNJ Fends Off FDU-Florham

from staff reports

EWING, N.J. - The College of New Jersey women's lacrosse team withstood a late challenge by visiting FDU-Florham on Tuesday as the Lions scored the game's final four goals to secure a 17-10 win over the Devils in their season opener.

The Lions (1-0), ranked fourth in the latest ICWLA Division III poll, saw FDU-Florham (1-2) take a six-goal deficit and quickly cut it in half before TCNJ called a timeout with 8:35 remaining. At that time, the Lions clung to a 13-10 lead after Devil senior Amanda Wayne (Bellport, NY/Bellport) netted a pair of quick goals.

After the timeout, the Lions gained possession on the draw and went on to score two goals within 12 seconds to push the margin quickly back to five. Senior Katie Reuther (Toms River, NJ/Toms River North) netted the first of those with junior Lisa Seldeen (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) getting the other. The hosts tacked on two more goals in the final two minutes to seal the win with sophomore Alison Jaeger (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon) and senior Rachel Gordon (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) accounting for those scores.

In the opening half, TCNJ scored six of the game's first seven goals with sophomore Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) scoring three of those.

The hosts went on to hold a 9-6 lead at the half with the Devils closing out the first 30 minutes on a 3-0 run.

Mitchell led the Lions with five goals and two assists, while Jaeger had a solid effort with three goals and one assists. Reuther, Seldeen, Gordon, and Robin Deehan (Morris Plains, NJ/Academy of St. Elizabeth) rounded out the attack for TCNJ with two goals apiece.

Wayne had a big game for FDU-Florham with four goals, while Lindsey Parent (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) had a pair.

In goal for the Lions, sophomore Mary Waller (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) finished with four saves, while for the Devils, Christine Dunn (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken) had nine.

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