TCNJ downs Richard Stockton
The Lions capture their third consecutive NJAC championship
EWING, N.J -- The College of New Jersey won its third consecutive New Jersey Athletic Conference title as the Lions scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Richard Stockton on Friday at Lions’ Stadium.
By winning their 15th conference title in the 18 years, TCNJ earned the NJAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This marks the 21st consecutive season the Lions have qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
It was also a milestone achievement for head coach Joe Russo as he became only the fourth coach in Division III history to reach 400 victories. In his 22 years on the Lion sideline, Russo has an impressive record of 400-48-28, which includes three national championships.
The win puts TCNJ at 12-3-2 for the season.
Richard Stockton capped its successful at 13-6-4 as they appeared in the conference title game for the fourth time in the last five years.
Senior Brittany McGinley accounted the for game’s only goal in the 21st minute as she crashed the net and banged in a rebound off of a direct kick from senior Nikki Migliori. That goal was McGinley’s 12th of the season.
The Ospreys had a great chance to get that equalizer with just over nine minutes left in the game as Jess McQuillen put a shot on the Lion net that appeared headed inside the near post, but TCNJ defender Jordan Downs stepped in to make the save.
Lion keeper Cristina Gacos picked up her 12th win of the season and her ninth shutout.
Sophomore Sarah Hinckle had a big game for the Ospreys in goal, finishing with 11 saves.