April 28, 2011

TCNJ Toys with No. 9 Stevens

from press release

- The College of New Jersey women's lacrosse team capped its perfect regular season with another win over a ranked opponent as the Lions kept ninth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology in check 17-5 on Thursday.

TCNJ finished the regular season with a 17-0 record and won all five games against teams ranked in the top 10. The Lions learn who their next opponent will be when the field for the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament is announced on May 8.

The Ducks finished the regular season with a record of 13-3, while they gear up for next weekend's Empire 8 Tournament as the top seed.

Prior to the game, TCNJ honored its four seniors for their hard work and dedication to the program. Recognized before the game were Kelly Brennan, (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape), Ali Jaeger (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon), Kelsey O'Gorman (Valley Cottage, NY/Nyack), and Mary Waller (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright).

The Lions controlled the opening frame thanks to their dominance in the center circle as they won 13 of the 14 draws taken. TCNJ converted those draws into the first four goals of the game as Jaeger kicked off her night with a goal with an assist from Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape). That assist was Mitchell's 100th point of the season as she is the fourth different player in program history to reach that milestone. She is also the only player to score at least 100 points twice.

Mitchell then made it 2-0 with Alex Spark (Harvey Cedars, NJ/Southern Regional) adding the next goal and Jaeger tacking on another via a free-position shot.

The Ducks then scored three of the next four goals to make it a 5-3 game, but TCNJ's defense held Stevens without a goal for the final 14:54 of the half, while the offense cashed in five more time.

In that run to end the half, Jaeger scored twice, while Mitchell, Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic), and Jen Garavente (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp) also got on the board as the hosts led 10-3 at the half.

Things continued to go TCNJ's in the second half as they outscored the Ducks over the final 30 minutes 7-2, with Notos collecting four of those goals.

Notos finished with a game-high six goals, while Mitchell collected seven points on two goals and five assists. Jaeger picked up four goals and one assist, while Garavente and Spark each tallied twice. Notos now has a career-high 60 goals, while Mitchell tied a career high in points with 106.

Waller, who took over as the program's all-time leader in games started (55) by a goalie and in appearances (64), picked up her 17th win of the season making three saves. Those 17 wins also set a career high.

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