No. 4 TCNJ outguns No. 1 Gettysburg
Spark records game-high six goals to lead Lions to upset
EWING, N.J. -- Fourth-ranked TCNJ provided plenty of excitement as the Lions knocked off top-ranked and defending national champion Gettysburg 17-15 at Lions' Stadium on Friday night.
The Lions improved to 9-1 on the season with the victory and extended their home winning streak to 17 consecutive games.
The loss was the first of the season for the undefeated Bullets (7-1).
TCNJ led 8-7 at the half and then scored the first four goals of the new frame as Lauren Pigott netted the first of those on a free-position goal and Trenna Hill netted the next three. Those four goals all came in the first eight minutes and put the hosts in front 12-7.
The Bullets made it a two-goal game with three consecutive goals, but TCNJ's Alex Spark regained two of them with back-to-back tallies.
TCNJ went on to lead 16-11, but Gettysburg continued to fight battling back to a one-goal deficit at 16-15 as Lindsay Robinson notched her second of the game on an assist from Kelsey Markiewicz with 3:19 remaining.
Pigott made it a two-goal margin with 1:39 left, but the Bullets again didn't go away as Loren Pruitt had a great scoring chance, but her shot rang off the near post with 30 seconds left on the clock. Lion senior Leigh Mitchell then scooped up a ground ball and raced the entire length of the field killing off the rest of the clock assuring TCNJ of the win.
The opening 30 minutes was a half of runs as the team put together modest runs. The Lions led 2-1 thanks to goals from Pigott and Spark, while the Bullets got a goal from Bridget Kenny.
Gettysburg then scored five straight goals to jump out to a 6-2 lead as Hannah Church scored three of those goals.
TCNJ countered with a 6-0 run with Kathleen Notos scoring the first three, including a quick-stick shot on a nice feed from Jen Garavente. Those three goals by Notos made it 6-5, while Hill scored on another quick-stick depositing a Mitchell pass into the Gettysburg net.
Pigott and Spark capped that run with goals making 8-6, while Markiewicz scored for the Bullets to round out the scoring in the opening frame as TCNJ led by a goal at the break.
Spark led all players with six goals, while Pigott and Notos each finished with four. Mitchell dished out five assists giving her 50 on the season. Mitchell is the only player in program history to record 50 assists in a season and she has done it three times.
Church paced the Bullets with four goals and a pair of assists.