TCNJ wins two as No. 1
Notes: BC beats Virginia for first time since joining ACC in ‘05
The College of New Jersey had an easy run in its first test as the No. 1 team in the IWLCA Division III Poll, as the Lions turned around the next day and went on the road to Eastern, steamrolling the Eagles from the moment they stepped off the bus en route to a 20-2 victory.
Their second test, however, proved much tougher.
No. 6 Gettysburg outscored the TCNJ 6-4 in the second half on Friday, including the final three goals of the game. However, in the end, the Bullets missed their mark, and the Lions stayed undefeated with an 8-7 victory.
Senior attacker Alison Jaeger led the Lions with four goals, including two key goals during what proved to be a game-clinching run for TCNJ in the second half. After Jaeger opened the second-half scoring with her second goal of the game to make it 5-1 Lions, the Bullets responded with a three-goal run to cut TCNJ’s lead to a single goal with 19:10 remaining in the game. Kathleen Notos scored with 16:39 left, and Jaeger scored two goals in the span of 2:09 to make it 8-4 TCNJ with 9:17 remaining. The Bullets made one last charge, cutting the lead back to 8-7 with 3:28, but the Lions clamped down for the victory.
Jaeger’s performance brought her within two goals of the program’s career record, currently held by 2006 graduate Lauren Dougher, who scored 233 in her four years as a Lion. Jaeger will have a chance to pass Dougher for the all-time lead on Tuesday, when the Lions travel to face Rutgers-Camden in a New Jersey Athletic Conference matchup at 4 p.m. The Bullets, meanwhile, got back on track the next day with a 16-7 win at Swarthmore, and will look to keep their Centennial Conference record perfect when they travel to Westminster, Md., to take on McDaniel on Wednesday afternoon.
Need to Know
• No. 19 Boston College made a major statement on Saturday, defeating No. 7 Virginia in Chestnut Hill. Eagles senior Brooke Blue paced the BC effort with a hat trick, with four other players contributing two goals apiece to help the Eagles overcome Charlie Finnigan’s hat trick for UVa. It was the Eagles’ first ACC win of the season, as well as BC’s first win against the Cavaliers since joining the ACC in 2005. Virginia’s weekend in Boston didn’t get much easier the next day, as Julie Gardner broke a 17-17 tie with 6:05 remaining and Josie Owen scored the eventual game-winner in a 19-18 victory against unranked Harvard. The Cavaliers will close out their regular-season ACC schedule on Wednesday against Virginia Tech, while the Eagles will finish up the ACC slate on Saturday against No. 3 Duke.
• Tewaaraton Award watch list member Claire Petersen can’t seem to keep her hands off the Adelphi record book. After setting new single-game records for assists and points with a 12-point effort (3g, 9a) in the No. 1 Panthers’ 20-12 win against Dowling, Petersen broke her own record on Wednesday against a Merrimack team that received votes in the most recent IWLCA Division II poll. Petersen torched the Warriors for four goals and 10 assists, pacing the Panthers to a 25-5 victory to run their record to 6-0 on the season. Adelphi’s game with Franklin Pierce on Saturday was postponed, but the reigning NCAA Champions will take on Northeast 10 foe American International on Wednesday.
• With three road games against ranked opponents in the span of five days, No. 12 Middlebury set the bar high for itself, but in the end, the Panthers proved to be equal to the task, for all intents and purposes. The Panthers beat No. 9 Stevens last Tuesday, with sophomore attacker Ellen Halle going off for five goals and two assists in a 17-7 win. From there, Middlebury moved on to No. 10 Catholic, and after the Cardinals took a 12-9 lead with 6:43 to play, senior midfielder Sally Ryan scored the game’s last four goals, culminating in an unassisted scored with three seconds left, giving the Panthers a 13-12 win. The Panthers then moved back into NESCAC play against No. 8 Bowdoin, and while junior goalkeeper Lily Nguyen made a career-high 18 saves, it wasn’t enough, as Sarah Lux scored with 12 seconds left in the second overtime period to give the Polar Bears a 12-11 victory. All told, however, two wins and a double-overtime loss against three top 10 teams is hardly anything for head coach Missy Foote to complain about.
• Princeton senior goalkeeper Erin Tochihara was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after making 10 saves in the No. 12 Tigers’ 15-10 win against Cornell. The victory kept the Tigers unbeaten in Ivy play, staying in step with Ancient Eight rivals No. 8 Penn and No. 18 Dartmouth.
• Tufts junior midfielder Casey Egan was named the NESCAC Player of the Week after pacing the No. 11 Jumbos with 10 goals and four assists in a pair of road wins in conference play. Egan scored five goals and added an assist in the Jumbos’ 11-8 win against Bates on Wednesday, then scored five more goals and assisted on three others in a 19-9 win at Wesleyan on Saturday.
• Northwestern junior goalkeeper Brianne LoManto made a season-high 11 saves on Saturday to backstop the No. 2 Wildcats to a 12-10 win against No. 3 Duke. Eight of those saves came in the second half, as Northwestern ended the game on a 7-2 run to come from behind for the victory.
• William Smith sophomore goalkeeper Jesse Wilson was named the Liberty League Defensive Player of the Week after making 17 saves in two wins for the Herons. On Friday, Wilson played all 60 minutes and made 10 saves in a 14-7 win against St. Lawrence, and on Saturday, she played 55:03 and made seven saves in a 21-13 win against Clarkson.