April 24, 2012

TCNJ's Sharon Pfluger Joins 400-Win Club

from staff reports

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The College of New Jersey's Sharon Pfluger added yet another accomplishment to her already decorated career Tuesday. She became the first women's lacrosse coach at the NCAA Division III level to earn 400 wins, as she guided the Lions to an 18-6 victory at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Pfluger is the third college coach to notch her 400th career win this season. Navy women's coach Cindy Timchal and Salisbury men's coach Jim Berkman achieved the feat in March.

Pfluger, who is in her 26th season at her alma mater, upped her career record to 400-39-1. The Lions improved to 13-3, while 18th-ranked Stevens fell to 9-6.

The sticks of junior Alex Spark (Harvey Cedars, NJ/Southern Regional)and sophomore Lauren Pigott (Jobstown, NJ/Northern Burlington) got the Lions off to a flying start with Spark scoring the initial two goals of the game and Pigott the next.

Already leading 4-0, Spark netted her third of the game with an assist fromSara Keating (Montclair, NJ/Montclair), while Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) then deposited a pass from Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) into the Stevens net as TCNJ reeled off the first six goals of the game in the opening 9:56.

TCNJ would add to that advantage the rest of the half as they would lead 11-3 at the half.

The Lions quickly increased their lead to double figures early in the second half as Spark scored 25 seconds into the fresh half and Trenna Hill (Syracuse, NY/Lafayette) scored just over a minute later on a feed from Keating bumping the difference to 13-3.

Sophomore Jen Garavente (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp.) and Hill extended that run to four straight goals to start the half, before the Ducks scored consecutive goals to get back to within 15-5.

A timeout by the Lions settled things down and they netted three goals right out of the stoppage of play. TCNJ ended up outscoring the Ducks 7-3 in the second half and getting Pfluger the milestone win.

Spark finished with seven goals and one assist, with those goals giving her a team-leading 62 for the season. Notos collected four goals and two assists, while Pigott had a very balanced game scoring three goals, gathering six ground balls, and winning six draw controls.

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