TCNJ nets seven consecutive goals to rally, hold off Messiah in top-10 battle
GRANTHAM, Pa. -- The College of New Jersey, ranked No. 6 in the nation, scored seven consecutive goals during a span of 23-plus minutes that erased a two-goal deficit and propelled the Lions to a 16-10 win at 10th-ranked Messiah.
The win kept the sixth-ranked Lions undefeated at 3-0, while the Falcons suffered their third loss in a row and fall to 1-3.
Messiah got off to a fast start scoring the game's first two goals and then led 3-1 and 4-2. TCNJ junior Lauren Pigott made it a one-goal game and senior Alex Spark tied the game at four with 12:11 left in the opening frame.
Sophomore Kendal Borup gave TCNJ its first lead and Pigott bumped that margin to 6-4 with a free-position goal with 8:11 left in the half. Pigott tacked on another goal before halftime, scoring with 1:29 showing on the clock as the Lions led 7-4.
Early in the second half, Pigott scored down a player and Spark added a goal, extending their lead to 9-4.
After the Falcons ended TCNJ's run, the Lions continued to find the back of the net, scoring six of the game's next eight goals to push the lead to 15-7.
Messiah battled back with three goals in less than two minutes, but TCNJ's defense closed the door and Spark added one more goal to finish off the scoring.
Junior Jen Garavente paced the Lions with five goals and an assist, while Pigott scored a season-high four goals. Spark netted three goals and set up another and Borup tallied two scores. Senior Jillian Nealon added to a balanced attack with a goal and two assists.
Junior goalie Kelsey Zinck earned the win between the pipes with a career-best 10 saves.