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Ursinus knocks off ninth-ranked TCNJ

No. 15 Ursinus 4, No. 9 TCNJ 3

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. -- In a matchup of two ranked teams, Ursinus scored two goals late in the second half giving the Bears (11-3) a 4-3 win against TCNJ (13-3) on Thursday night at Eleanor Frost Snell Field.

Freshman defender Annie Kopera scored the eventual game winner with 9:42 left in the game as senior defender Kara Bowen hit the ball directly into the center of the circle giving Kopera a clean shot at the goal.

Ursinus had tied the game at 3-3 just two minutes prior when sophomore defender Megan Keenan scored on a penalty stroke.

Trailing 2-1 at intermission, the Lions got goals from junior midfielder Lindsey Hatch and a goal from freshman forward Lexi Smith at 44:08 to take a 3-2 lead.

Ursinus led early as freshman forward Amber Steigerwalt scored on a rebound 16:11 into the game. TCNJ tied it at 1-1 at 22:50 when junior forward Erin Healy scored on a pass from Smith.

Sophomore forward Devin Brakel gave the Bears a 2-1 halftime lead when she scored on a Keenan assist at 32:44 off of a corner.

In goal, sophomore Danielle DeSpirito made four saves while TCNJ freshman Kelly Schlupp made seven saves.

No. 10 Amherst 8, Smith 1

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Madeline Tank recorded a hat trick as Amherst rolled past Smith 8-1 on Thursday.

The Jeffs (11-2) have won 11 consecutive after opening the season 0-2 and have outscored opponents 55-10 in that span. Smith falls to 10-5 overall with the loss.

The Pioneers came out strong to start the game and got on the board first in about a minute of play as Kate Estes scored off an assist from Alexa DeJesus to give Smith an early 1-0 advantage.

However, the lead was short lived and sparked a Jeffs offensive attack that retaliated a minute later when Tank netted her first goal of the game- and team-high 11th of the season. 

Amherst continued to put the pressure on offensively. At the 3:26 mark, a penalty corner from Ellie Andersen was followed by a shot on net from Alex Philie. Philie’s attempt was saved by Maddie Wyda but the keeper wasn’t as fortunate seconds later as Tank connected on the second Jeff score as they took a 2-1 lead in less than four minutes of play.

The Jeffs remained on the offensive, keeping the ball on Smith’s side of the field for the majority of the first half. After several shot attempts and penalty corners, Tank eventually found the back of the net once again for the hat trick as she scored on another unassisted tally.

A little more than 15 minutes of action went by before Amherst added another goal to its lead when Annika Nygren found the back of the net at the 27:43 mark. Just under three minutes later, Tank found Katie Paolano for the Jeffs fifth goal of the game as they went ahead 5-1.

Amherst carried the first-half momentum into the second stanza and within two minutes had scored its sixth goal of the game when Sara Culhane connected with Paolano as she registered her second on the day.

Culhane wasn’t done yet as she tacked on the seventh Jeff score and her first of the game before adding another assist at the 52:38 mark off Nygren's second score.

Amherst held a decisive edge in shots (27-4) and corners (14-1). Rachel Tannenbaum and Emily Horwitz recorded one stop each while Wyda and Nora Demick posted eight and six saves respectively.