March 20, 2012

Eleven-Goal Run Sends TCNJ Past Ursinus

from press release

EWING, N.J. -- The College of New Jersey women's lacrosse team scored 11 straight goals covering a span of more than 45 minutes as the Lions posted a 13-2 triumph over visiting Ursinus College on Tuesday.

The win put the fourth-ranked Lions at 6-1 on the season, while the Bears fell to 4-2.

The game was tight for the first 10 minutes as Trenna Hill (Syracuse, NY/Lafayette) opened the scoring for the Lions 6:16 into the game, while Megan Horney (Newark, DE/St. Mark's) tied the game for the Bears less than two minutes later.

TCNJ took charge from that point scoring the frame's final six goals for a 7-1 lead at the break. Alex Spark (Harvey Cedars, NJ/Southern Regional) played a big part in that run for the Lions scoring twice and assisting on another, while senior Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) netted one goal and assisted on four others during that run.

While TCNJ's offense kept adding to its lead, the defense didn't allow the Bears to get on the scoreboard the final 21:53 of the half.

In the second half, the Lions continued their run scoring the first five goals of the new half with Mitchell being a factor on the final four. After Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) made it 8-1 minutes into the half, Mitchell assisted on four straight goals running the difference to 12-1. Scoring on those feeds were Erin Healy (Spring Lake Heights, NJ/Manasquan), Sara Keating (Montclair, NJ/Montclair), Notos, and Hill.

Ursinus stopped that run with a goal from Nicole Kovacs (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) with that score coming on a free-position shot. That goal halted TCNJ's streak of keeping the Bears off the scoreboard at 45:20.

Hill closed out the scoring with her fourth goal of the game with 3:02 remaining.

Notos also scored four times for TCNJ and Mitchell had another big game with 10 points on one goal and nine assists. This marked the third time this season Mitchell has reached double figures in points.

In goal for the Lions, Kelsey Zinck (Burke, VA/James W. Robinson) picked up her sixth win of the season with six saves.

For the Bears, Riley Pembroke (Great Falls, VA/Langley) registered 11 saves.

TCNJ is back on the field on Saturday, March 24 as they travel to Cabrini College to face the Cavaliers in a noon start.

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