April 1, 2011

No. 1 TCNJ Wins Thriller, Beats No. 6 Bullets

from press release

 - In a thrilling match that featured two of the top programs in NCAA Division III women's lacrosse, The College of New Jersey lacrosse team defeated sixth-ranked Gettysburg College 8-7 early Friday night.

The top-ranked Lions (10-0) surged to a four-goal lead in the second half, but the sixth-ranked Bullets (6-2) stormed back with three goals in five minutes to make it a one-goal game at the 3:28 mark.

TCNJ senior Kelsey O'Gorman (Valley Cottage, NY/Nyack) won a critical draw control and the Lions were able to stave off Gettysburg to secure their 10th win and remain unbeaten.

Senior Ali Jaeger (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon) came up with three clutch goals in the second half. She finished the game with four tallies and is now just is now just two shy of the program record of 233 held by Lauren Dougher.

Junior Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) notched a pair of first-half goals while junior Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) and sophomore Alex Spark (Harvey Cedars, NJ/Southern Regional) also scored for TCNJ.

Holding a 4-1 lead at the intermission, Jaeger scored just over two minutes into the second period to stretch the lead to 5-1. Gettysburg, however, rattled off three straight goals to close the gap to 5-4 with 19:10 remaining in the game.

A goal by Notos gave the Lions some breathing room before Jaeger rippled the back of the net twice for her 33rd and 34th tallies of the season. Trailing 8-4 with under 10 minutes to play, the Bullets showed their mettle with a late-game run, but TCNJ's top-ranked defense refused to buckle as they held on to upend their second ranked opponent of 2011.

Senior goaltender Mary Waller (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) made seven saves in the game, each one of them crucial. Waller entered the game leading the nation in goals against average at 2.14. Freshman Jen Garavente (Monroe, NJ/Monroe) also added an assist for the Lions.

TCNJ is back in action on Tuesday, April 5 when they take on Rutgers University-Camden in Camden, NJ.

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