May 10, 2014

Early Goals Lift TCNJ Over Susquehanna, 19-7

from press release

Ewing, NJ...Not even several weather delays could slow the offense of The College of New Jersey women's lacrosse team as the Lions scored 13 times in the opening half as they went on to handle visiting Susquehanna University 19-7 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday.

The win extends TCNJ's season into the regional round of the NCAA Tournament where they will face Washington and Lee University (17-2), which defeated Denison University 13-5, next weekend at a site to be determined.

The game started nearly an hour-and-half late due to storms sweeping through the area and forced the teams from the field on multiple occasions.

The Crusaders finished the season at 12-6 and also earned the program's first win in NCAA Tournament play.

The fourth-ranked Lions (18-1) came out firing as junior Kendal Borup (West Windsor-Plainsboro South) played a big role early. She either scored or assisted on five of TCNJ's six goals as the team raced out to an 8-0 lead.

In addition to Borup's contributions, senior Lauren Pigott (Jobstown, NJ/Northern Burlington) and junior Erin Waller (Washington Twp., NJ/Washington Twp.) each scored twice for that lead.

Susquehanna got that initial goal with 19:51 left in the half when Michelle McGinnis (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) scored on a nice assist from Emma Ehler (Chatham, NJ/Chatham).

The Lions countered that goal with five-goal burst with junior Ava Fitzgerald (Merrick, NY/Calhoun) scoring three of those and senior Jen Garavente (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp.)and Borup with the others.

The Crusaders finished the half strong by scoring four straight goals and kept the hosts off of the scoreboard the final 8:41 to make it a 13-5 game at the half.

Like the opening half, the Lions were efficient in their attack early, scoring the first four goals of the new period in 7:32. Garavente scored three of those goals with Pigott depositing the other. That run pushed TCNJ's advantage to 17-5.

Susquehanna answered with goals from McGinnis and Becky McHugh (Royersford, PA/Archbishop John Carroll) in a span of 1:31. Those goals made the score 17-7.

The Lions capped the scoring with the final two goals with Garavente getting one and freshman Mia Blackman (Arlington, VA/Field School) the other.

TCNJ's 19 goals put them on the cusp of setting a new program record for goals in a season as they have scored 327 this season. The school record of 329 was set in 2011 and should be eclipsed next weekend.

Borup finished with eight points to lead all players in the game with three goals and five assists, while Garavente scored six times. Those six goals raise her season total to 61, which ties a career high set last season.

Freshman goalie Kelly Schlupp (Holland, PA/Council Rock South) had a save to garner her 17th victory of the season.

Sophomore goalie Abby Cohn (Branchburg, NJ/Somerville) made eight saves, while classmate Alyssa Rothman (Trooper, PA/Methacton) had a pair.

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