TCNJ extends winning streak to eight, knocks out Washington & Lee
AMHERST, Mass. -- The College of New Jersey continued its march through the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament with a solid 13-7 win against Washington & Lee University on Saturday.
The fourth-ranked Lions (19-1) extended their winning streak to eight in a row, while the 12th-ranked Generals (17-3) saw their 13-game winning streak come to an end.
The Lions had several players standout during the game with freshman goalie Kelly Schlupp stepping up on the defensive side of the ball with a career-high nine saves. Seven of those came in the second half when Washington & Lee was attempting to extend its season.
On the offensive end of the field, juniors Ava Fitzgerald and Kendal Borup each finished with three goals, while classmate Erin Waller (Washington Twp., NJ/Washington Twp.) scored once and set up two others.
The first half saw each team to go on scoring runs with the Lions taking the initial honors netting six of the game's first seven goals. The team's incredible balance once again shined through with five different players scoring. Fitzgerald opened the scoring 3:36 into the game and only 37 seconds later that lead doubled when junior Erin Healy tallied unassisted.
Borup made it 3-0, but the Generals broke that string of goals by TCNJ with 22:15 left in the half.
TCNJ struck quickly for three more goals, with those coming in a span of 2:07. Waller set up senior Jen Garavente and sophomore Cortney Natalicchio for back-to-back goals, before Borup scored to make it 6-1.
Washington & Lee made a push with four consecutive goals with three of them coming from sophomore Carly Taglienti.
Maintaining a one-goal lead, the Lions finished the half strong, accounting for the final three goals of the period. Senior Lauren Pigott got the first of those with 3:17 left, while Waller and Borup each scored in the final minute for a 9-5 lead. Borup's goal actually came in the waning seconds of the period when she scored with just four seconds remaining.
The goals were much harder to come by for both teams in the second half with the Generals scoring 8:45 into the period when Margaret Klein (North Andover, MA/Brooks) made it 9-6.
The Lions got the goal back 2:20 later on Fitzgerald's second goal of the game and then added another when Garavente tallied with 11:41 left in regulation.
Fitzgerald completed the hat trick minutes later when she bumped TCNJ's advantage to 12-6 with 8:30 showing on the clock.
The teams traded goals one last time with Healy making it 13-6 with 5:58 left and Taglienti scored her fourth of the game for the Generals to close out the scoring.