March 12, 2010

No. 5 TCNJ Opens with a Bang, Beats Hawks

from press release

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. -- The College of New Jersey women’s lacrosse team hit the field running in its 2010 opener as the Lions ripped off the first seven goals as they posted a 16-6 win at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Friday.

The fifth-ranked Lions are 1-0 on the season, while the Seahawks dropped to 0-5.

While St. Mary’s had the advantage of already playing a number of games this season, it was TCNJ that took control right from the start. Sophomore Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape), who missed most of last season with an injury, made a triumphant return to the line-up scoring the game’s first goal 36 seconds into the contest.

The Lions continued to roll from that point as sophomore Ali Jaeger (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon) and Robin Deehan (Morris Plains, NJ/Academy of St. Elizabeth) then scored 16 seconds apart. Those two goals gave TCNJ a 3-0 with 3:14 expired off of the clock.

TCNJ tacked on the next four goals before St. Mary’s scored to make it a 7-1 game, before the Lions carried an 8-2 advantage into the half.

In the second half, the game was much closer with the Lions outscoring the Seahawks 8-4 over the final 30 minutes.

Jaeger had a banner day with a career high 11 points and eight goals, while adding three assists. Mitchell finished with three goals and four assists and Deehan chipped in with two goals and two assists. Senior Lisa Seldeen (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) added to the victory with a pair of goals and freshman Jillian Nealon (Whitehouse Station, NJ/Hunterdon Central) collected her first collegiate goals.

TCNJ goalie Mary Waller (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) notched six saves in the victory.

Next up for the Lions is their home opener taking on Eastern University in a 7 p.m. start at Lions’ Stadium on Tuesday, March 16.

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