Ewing, N.J. — A three-goal outburst by senior Kathleen Notos and the hot goaltending of senior Shannon Syciarz sparked The College of New Jersey to a 3-0 win against Lynchburg on Sunday as the Lions secured a spot in the semifinals.
TCNJ’s win kept its winning streak going as they have reeled off a dozen consecutive victories, improving to 22-2. The 22 wins are also the most for the team since 1986, when the Lions went 24-3.
Lynchburg saw an incredible run of 19 consecutive wins come to an end as it concluded a successful season at 19-2. The Hornets entered the game leading the country in goals per game at 5.65 a contest and were second in team defense.
Notos scored all three goals in the second half breaking open a close game, while Syciarz was steady between the pipes stopping nine Lynchburg shots for her 14th shutout of the season.
After a scoreless first half, Notos got the Lions going 2:34 into the new frame as she eluded a Hornet defender the then tucked a low shot just inside the far post.
That lead doubled when Notos picked up her second of the game after taking a long pass from Caitlyn Jenkins. Notos got around Hornet goalie Tiffany Frye and slid the ball into the empty net.
The Hornets continued to press and came within inches of scoring, but Katie Kline had her shot swiped away at the goal line by TCNJ defender Lauren Pigott. It was Pigott’s third defensive save in the last two days.
Notos put an exclamation point on the win completing the hat trick with 26 seconds remaining cashing in on an assist from freshman Erin Waller.
The Hornets had the only four shots on goal in the first half with Lindsay Leonard unleashed a pair of hard shots on penalty corners that Syciarz stepped out and kicked away.
Syciarz then made two more stops with just over a minute left in the opening half as she turning back attempts Shelly Milks and Nicole Marburger.