March 21, 2009

Mitchell, No. 5 TCNJ Downs No. 15 Cortland

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EWING, N.J. - Sophomore Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) scored seven points on five goals and two assists to lead nationally fifth-ranked The College of New Jersey to a 16-10 win over 15th-ranked Cortland Saturday afternoon. The Red Dragons, who were the first team to score double-digit goals versus the The College of New Jersey this season, fell to 2-2 with the setback, while the Lions improved to 4-0.

Freshman Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) led Cortland with four goals and senior Danielle Torre (Massapequa) scored twice. Junior Jess Fritz (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) and sophomore Megan Clare (Shirley/William Floyd) each contributed one goal and one assist, while sophomores Mallory Palmieri (Bellmore/John F. Kennedy) and Brianna Shost (Mahopac) chipped in with one goal apiece. Freshman goalie Amanda Caloia (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) registered a career-best 17 saves.

Junior Lisa Seldeen (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) also scored five goals for the Lions. Senior Katie Reuther (Toms River, NJ/Toms River North) had two goals and two assists, sophomore Alison Jaeger (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon) recorded two goals and an assist and senior Rachel Gordon (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) had one goal and two assists. Sophomore Mary Waller (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) stopped four shots.

The Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Clare put Cortland on the scoreboard at the eight minute, 18 second mark of the first half. The College of New Jersey then closed the half with four consecutive goals in less than five minutes to grab a 7-1 halftime lead.

After Gordon made it an 8-1 game at 27:21 of the second half, Abbott and Torre each scored a pair of goals to pull the Red Dragons to within 8-5 with 20:50 remaining. The Lions regained the momentum by netting the next four goals and regained their seven-goal advantage, 12-5, at the 16:51 mark. Cortland scored four of the next five goals, two from Abbott, to pull to within 13-9 with 6:11 remaining, but the Lions closed out the game with three of the last four goals to earn the win.

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