May 9, 2009

Sunday Drivers: Gettysburg, TCNJ Advance

from press releases

EWING, N.J. - The College of New Jersey and Gettysburg College will face off in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Regional Championship, as both teams picked up wins in the second round of the tournament on Saturday.

The Lions (16-2) defeated SUNY Cortland (14-7) 17-7 in the first game of the day. In the afternoon contest, Gettysburg (15-3) shut down Roanoke (16-5), 15-6.

Earlier this season, TCNJ pulled out a narrow 11-10 victory over the Bullets in Gettysburg.

The regional title game will take place at TCNJ on Sunday, May 10, at 1 p.m. with the winner advancing to the national semifinals slated for Saturday, May 16 at Donald J. Kerr Stadium in Salem, VA. That game will be played at 5 p.m.

TCNJ 17, SUNY Cortland 7
Eight Lions players found the back of net as The College of New Jersey easily defeated the SUNY-Cortland Red Dragons to advance to tomorrow's regional title game against Gettysburg College. Sophomore Alison Jaeger (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon) led the Lions with four goals, and junior Lisa Seldeen (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) added three.

Cortland jumped out to an early lead three minutes into the action when freshman Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga, NY/Onondaga Central) scored the first of her three goals on the day. Three minutes later, TCNJ senior Katie Reuther (Toms River, NJ/Toms River North) tied the game at 1-1 when she hit the first of her two goals. Cortland quickly reclaimed the lead though, when Abbott again found the back of the net just one minute later.

It would be the last time Cortland led on the day, as TCNJ senior Rachel Gordon (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) scored on two consecutive free-position shots within the next two-and-a-half minutes. Up 3-2 with 20:05 left in the first half, the Lions offense went on the attack while its defense shut the Red Dragons down.

The Lions led 9-4 at the half, and outshot the Red Dragons 32-17 on the day. Cortland didn't help itself, turning the ball over 19 times. 

With two goals and an assist on the day, Reuther, the 2009 NJAC Midfielder of the Year, brought her career points total to 98.

Also finding the net twice for the Lions were Gordon and freshmen Sara Keating (Upper Montclair, NJ/Montclair) and Jackie Riley (North Caldwell, NJ/West Essex).

Senior Kelly Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) and freshman Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) each added a goal for the Lions.

Cortland's Danielle Torre (Massapequa, NY/Massapequa), who eclipsed the 100-point plateau in the opening round of the tournament, added three goals for the Red Dragons, while sophomore Alyssa Hoover (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) also scored.

It was the second time this season the two teams met. The Lions defeated Cortland 16-10 in March.

Gettysburg College 15, Roanoke College 6
The Gettysburg College Bullets defeated the Roanoke College Maroons to advance to tomorrow's regional title game against TCNJ. Junior Hollis Stahl (Hightstown, NJ/Peddie School) led the Bullets with five goals, while junior Jessica Crane (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury) added three.

Juniors Gina Valles (South Windsor, CT/Westminster) and Brooks Laufman (Annapolis, MD/Severn) each had two goals for the Maroons.

Gettysburg got out to a quick 2-0 lead just two minutes into the contest sophomore Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, VA/Robinson) found the back of the net. Assisting on that play was Crane, who 15 seconds later scored Gettysburg's second goal, unassisted.

The Bullets, who never trailed in the game, led 8-2 at the half, and outshot the Maroons 43-20.

In total, eight Bullets scored goals on the day. Junior Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) netted two, while Commins, junior Nina Emala (Baltimore, MD/Bryn Mawr), freshman Hannah Church (Elliot City, MD/Mount de Sales), and sophomores Allegra Formento (Princeton, NJ/Princeton) and Liz Lan (Chatham, NJ/Pingry School) each recorded one goal.

Senior Bianca Catta-Preta (Charlottesville, PA/Albermarle) and junior Sunni Ray (Severn Park, MD/Severn) each netted one goal for the Maroons.

In goal for the Bullets, Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, MD/Glenelg) made nine saves. Her Roanoke counterpart, Katlyn Scarlett (Reistertown, MD/St. Paul's School for Girls) had a huge game for the Maroons making 19 saves.

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