TCNJ 11, Gettysburg 9

May 15, 2005

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Lauren Dougher and Bridget Bigley combined for nine goals to lead third-ranked College of New Jersey past No. 7 Gettysburg 11-9 in the quarterfinals of the 2005 NCAA Division III womens lacrosse championship on Sunday.

Dougher netted four of her game-high five goals in the decisive second half, including the game-winner that snapped a 9-all tie with 6:23 remaining. Bigley added four markers for the Lions (14-2), who advanced to their 21st consecutive national semifinal.

Kathy Delauney (Lutherville, MD/Roland Park) scored a team-best three goals for the Bullets (16-4), who fell in the national quarterfinals for the third consecutive season. Jenn Kelly (Westbury, NY/Carle Place) tallied a goal and dished out three assists for a team-high four points in the loss.

With a late burst, The College of New Jersey improved to 21-0 in NCAA quarterfinal games and kept alive its quest for the programs first national title since 2000. After Delauney gave Gettysburg its last lead at 9-8 with 8:34 to play, the Lions scored the games final three goals.

Karen Doane started the burst and knotted the game at 9 by converting a second-chance free-position attempt with 7:17 remaining, the last of TCNJs five 8-meter goals on the day. Following a win by Bigley on the ensuing draw control, Dougher finished a solo move to give the Lions their first lead since early in the second half.

Katie Ceglarski (Darien, CT/Darien) ran down the next draw control to give the Bullets possession, but a turnover after nearly three minutes short-circuited the hosts final chance to tie the game.

Meredith Spangler picked up the ground ball with 3:26 remaining and TCNJ possessed until Lauren Gossner hit an empty-net goal with 49 seconds left to seal the victory, the Lions seventh in seven all-time meetings against Gettysburg.

Behind three goals from Bigley, TCNJ raced to a 4-1 lead in the games first 16 minutes before the Bullets rallied to take a 5-4 lead into halftime.

Kelly sparked the rally, setting up goals by Ceglarski and Cassidy Zappacosta (Monkton, MD/Maryvale Prep) in a span of fewer than three minutes to pull Gettysburg within 4-3. Delauney tied the game at 4 with 3:02 remaining in the half and Alexandra Ewing (Monkton, MD/Garrison Forest) struck 62 seconds later to make it 5-4 at the break.

From there, the teams traded goals until the Lions final push.

Dougher and Bigley scored in the first 1:16 of the second half to put TCNJ back on top. Kelly answered, scoring an unassisted goal and then feeding Quinn Dougherty (Wading River, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) 42 seconds later to put the Bullets back on top 7-6.

Doughers third free-position goal of the day tied the game at 7 before freshman Krissy Browning (Baldwin, MD/Fallston) scored her first NCAA goal to put Gettysburg back on top with 13:26 remaining. Dougher again pulled the Lions even from the 8-meter arc before Delauney completed her hat trick for a 9-8 Bullet advantage with 8:34 left.

Following her 11th hat trick of the season, Delauney finished her collegiate career at No. 10 on the programs all-time lists for career goals (126) and career points (154).

Defensively, Laurie Goon (Baltimore, MD/Loch Raven) led Gettysburg with six ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers. Goalie Heather Kelley (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga) finished with six saves.

Megan Marquardt made eight stops for TCNJ, which will host the national semifinals and national championship game on May 21-22. Dougher and Heather Rainey paced the Lions with four draw controls apiece.

-- Courtesy Gettysburg