College of New Jersey drubs Rowan
TCNJ closer to wrapping up the NJAC title
Glassboro, NJ. -- The College of New Jersey women’s lacrosse team moved one step closer to wrapping up the New Jersey Athletic Conference title as the Lions drubbed rival Rowan University 20-2 on Tuesday in Glassboro.
The only thing that slowed the Lions against the Profs was the weather as thunder and lightning forced a 55-minute delay at the start of the contest.
The win puts the top-ranked Lions at 13-0 overall and 4-0 in the NJAC, while the Profs are an even 1-1 in the conference and overall at 5-5. TCNJ and Rowan were voted as the co-favorites in the conference’s pre-season poll.
TCNJ’s final conference game is set for Friday, April 22 as the Lions host Montclair State University in a 7 p.m. start. A win by TCNJ and they will earn its second conference title in the three years the NJAC has sponsored women’s lacrosse.
This marked the fifth time this season the Lions scored at least 20 goals, while allowing two goals or less for the eighth time this season. TCNJ has outscored the opposition by a whopping 212-34 margin through its 13 games leading the country in team defense (2.62) and ranking in the top 20 in scoring offense (16.3).
The game was never close as the Lions pumped in eight of the game’s first nine goals and went on to hold a 15-2 advantage at the intermission. TCNJ then scored the only five goals in the final 30 minutes.
Senior Ali Jaeger (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon), who took over as the program’s all-time leading scorer in the previous game, continued to pile on the points as she racked up 10 in the win with five goals and five assists. Junior Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) finished with seven points as she scored four times and dished out three assists, while Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) also scored four times and had two assists. Freshman Jen Garavente (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp) chipped in with two goals and two assists and Sara Keating (Upper Montclair, NJ/Montclair) also scored twice.
Senior Mary Waller (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) ran her record to 13-0 between the pipes for the Lions as she had one save.
TCNJ’s long six-game road trip comes to an end on Friday as the Lions head to Franklin & Marshall College for a 6 p.m. showdown with the seventh-ranked Diplomats.