TCNJ Tops Keene St.

Nov. 9, 2005

EWING, NJ -- Junior defender Meg Hess (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) scored the go-ahead goal and added two assists to lead The College of New Jerseys field hockey past Keene State College (NH) on Wednesday afternoon in Lions Stadium. TCNJ has advanced to the NCAA Division III second round, which will be hosted by Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) on Saturday, November 12. TCNJ faces the Bowdoin Polar Bears at 11:00 a.m. TCNJ improves to 15-4 on the year, while Keene States season finishes with the Owls standing at 14-9.

TCNJ led 3-1 at the half. Junior Jess Berkowitz (Cranford, NJ/Cranford) scored first in the match on a pass from rookie Katie Reuther (Toms River, NJ/Toms River North) at 19:15. Hess put TCNJ up 2-0 with a goal at 22:52.

Keenes junior Nichole Garneau (Twin Mountain, NH/White Mountain Regional) broke up the shutout bid on a feed from junior Amanda Rosenbeck (Wilder, VT/Hartford) on a penalty corner at 28:04. The goal was the 10th of the year for Garneau.

TCNJ answered right back on a penalty corner at the end of the first half as sophomore Sheri Grondski (Hamilton, NJ/Nottingham) converted the pass from Hess and Berkowitz.

Lubin added her second goal on a penalty corner at the 58:00 minute mark of the contest on a feed from Grondski and Hess. Junior Allison Greene (Atco, NJ/Hammonton) added the final goal of the game on an assist from Berkowitz. Greene , the Lions leading scorer now has 31 points on 14 goals and three assists, while both Hess and Lubin each have seven goals on the year.

TCNJs senior goalie Kristina Beyel (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris Central) recorded one save in net with one goal allowed, while Keenes junior goalie Sara Joyce (Hampstead, NH/Pinkerton Academy) made 11 saves in the loss.

TCNJ has now appeared in all 25 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championships, including the last 21 under current head coach, Sharon Pfluger. TCNJ won the first NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship in 1981 as they beat Franklin & Marshall College 2-0. Since then, the Lions have captured the championship nine titles (1981, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996 and 1999).

With the win on Wednesday, TCNJ is now 63-15 lifetime in the NCAA Tournament, while Keene which is making the programs third appearance is now 0-3 in the NCAAs.

1. 19:15 TCNJ Jess Berkowitz (10) (Katie Reuther)
2. 22:52 TCNJ Meg Hess (7) Penalty corner
3. 28:04 KSC Nichole Garneau (10) (Amanda Rosenbeck) - Penalty corner
4. 35:00 TCNJ Sheri Grondski (3) (Meg Hess;Jess Berkowitz) Penalty corner
5. 58:00 TCNJ Jennifer Lubin (7) (Sheri Grondski;Meg Hess) Penalty corner
6. 62:15 TCNJ Allison Greene (14) (Jess Berkowitz)

Shots: Keene State College 4, TCNJ Lions 22
Saves: Keene State College 11 (Sara Joyce 11), TCNJ Lions 2 (Kristina Beyel 1; TEAM 1)
TCNJ advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend playing at Bowdoin College on Saturday.

-- Courtesy TCNJ