May 12, 2010

Ewing, NJ. - The College of New Jersey lacrosse team advanced to the second round of the 2010 NCAA Lacrosse Championships defeating Cabrini College 19-7.

TCNJ (15-3) advances to play the winner of the Endicott (14-2) vs. Claremont-Mudd Scripts (15-2) game at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Salisbury University.

Junior Alison Jaeger (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon) and sophomore Leigh Mitchell (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) led the Lions to a dominant performance as Jaeger finished with seven goals and an assist, while Mitchell found netting three times and assisted on eight other tallies.

The Lions (15-3) stormed out to an 11-4 halftime lead. Sophomore Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) made a strong statement 13 seconds into the contest winning the draw control, charging downfield, and firing a shot just under the crossbar to take a 1-0 lead.

Cabrini answered back with a tally of its own at the 29:01 mark to knot the score at one. Senior Amanda Alexandrowicz (Ridley, PA/Ridley) found the back of the net off an assist from freshman Christina Pasquariello (Gladwyne, PA/Harriton).

Notos rung the bell again on a feed from Mitchell less than a minute later. After a goal by Cavalier senior Erin Nollen (West Chester, PA/West Chester East) tied the game 2-2, TCNJ rattled off six unanswered goals to take control of the match.

At the 20:34 mark, Mitchell fed Jaeger on a goal to take a 3-2 advantage. It was the second assist of the game for Mitchell and 38th on the season, breaking the single-season record set by Lee Moreau in 1989.

More history followed with 8:22 remaining in the opening half. Jaeger scored her second goal of the game off a feed from Mitchell. It was the 100th point of the season for the junior, only the third player in the history of the Lions program to eclipse triple digits in a season.

This is the 26th consecutive NCAA appearance for the Lions lacrosse program. They've won 13 NCAA championships, winning their last title in 2006.