College of New Jersey 22, Drew
College of New Jersey 22, Drew 7May 14, 2005
Gettysburg, Pa. --The Lions scored on their first 11 shots of the game and junior midfielder Lauren Dougher (Blue Bell, PA/Mount St. Joseph Academy) set a single-game school record as The College of New Jerseys womens lacrosse team posted an impressive 22-7 victory over the Rangers of Drew University on Saturday afternoon in the first of two NCAA Division III Regional Semifinals hosted by Gettysburg College.
The Lions, the winner of 11 national titles, will take a 12-game winning streak into Sundays regional championship game where TCNJ will face the winner of todays second game featuring the host Bullets and Ohio Wesleyan University.
The Lions, who are ranked third in the Intercollegiate Womens Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Top 20 Poll, improves to 13-2 on the season, while the Rangers have their season come to an end with a 14-6 mark. Dougher had an impressive game for TCNJ as she set a single-game record for points in a game with 12 as she matched a career-best eight goals plus four assists.
The Lions and Drew exchanged the games first four goals in a span of 7:43 to have a 2-2 contest before TCNJ went on a 6-0 run to lead, 8-2, with 14:48 remaining in the first stanza. The Rangers senior attacker Anne Luetzow (Willow Grove, PA) broke up the scoring as she converted a pass from junior attacker Kaity Ryan (Pennington, NJ) at 12:45.
Dougher was involved in the Lions next goals to increase her teams lead to 10-3. Luetzow and sophomore midfielder Rachel Hurvitz (West Hartford, CT) responded with back-to-back unassisted goals to cut the margin to five at 10:53. TCNJ rattled off three more in the next five minutes before sophomore attacker Alexandra Bailly (Albany, NY) tallied the halfs last goal with three seconds on the clock for a 13-6 Lion favor at halftime.
It was all about the Lions in the second half as TCNJ opened up the second stanza on an 8-0 run to boast a 21-6 advantage with just less than nine minutes left in the game. A Drew free position shot by sophomore attacker Makenzie Sandler (Fort Worth, TX) at 4:35 got the Rangers back on the scoreboard. Freshman attacker Diane Haddeland (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac) put the finishing touch on the game for the Lions with her second goal of the game at 1:38 for a final 22-7 score.
Also helping out TCNJs offense were midfielders Bridget Bigley (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic) and Karen Doane (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) as both added five points apiece with Bigley notching four goals and an assist and Doane three and two. Haddeland and freshmen Kate Neese (Pottstown, PA/Owen J. Roberts) and Toni-Anne Cavallo (Cedar Grove, NJ/West Essex Regional) all had multiple goal games as each contributed two goals apiece.
The offensive leader for Drew was Luetzow as she tallied a hat trick in her final collegiate game, while Ryan finished with two assists and senior midfielder Whitney McMullan (Cape Elizabeth, ME) added a goal and an assist.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Marquardt (Phoenixville, PA/Phoenixville Area) improved to 13-2 on the year between the pipes for the Lions with a season-best 10 stops. The Rangers junior Casey OBrien (Oakhurst, NJ) registered 10 saves in the loss.
Dougher led TCNJ with four caused turnovers, while Doane picked up four loose balls and senior defender Heather Rainey (Media, PA/Penncrest) had four draw controls.
Bailly paced Drew with four draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers, while four Rangers each had two ground balls.
With their selection to the 2005 NCAA Division III Womens Lacrosse Championship Tournament, the Lions have appeared in every single NCAA Tournament since the first NCAA womens lacrosse championship event in 1985. TCNJ is now 55-9 lifetime in tournament action, capturing the programs 11th NCAA crown in 2000 after a perfect 17-0 season. Last season, the Lions picked up the schools fifth second-place trophy as TCNJ dropped a 13-11 overtime decision to defending national champion, Middlebury College, in the 2004 title game.
The Rangers were embarking on the program's sixth appearance in the NCAAs after winning the Middle Atlantic States Conference Championship with a 9-8 win over Messiah College. Drew now owns a 2-6 mark in NCAA action since its first tournament appearance in 1985.
-- Courtesy TCNJ