TCNJ upsets Montclair State to claim NJAC crown; Johns Hopkins wins
MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Sophomore midfielder Taylor Lusardi buried the decisive penalty kick in the fourth round as ninth-ranked and second-seeded TCNJ reclaimed the New Jersey Athletic Conference title knocking off top-ranked and top-seeded Montclair State in penalty kicks 4-2 at MSU Soccer Park on Friday evening.
The penalty kicks came after the two squads played to a scoreless draw for 110 minutes.
The Lions (16-2-2) converted all four attempts as it captured its 16th conference crown and fourth in the past five years. TCNJ also captured the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship which gets underway next weekend. The selections and pairings will be announced at 1:30 p.m. Monday on NCAA.com.
Montclair State had its 18-game winning streak snapped and will also wait for the selections as well as the Red Hawks (18-0-1) are expected to claim one of the at-large bids. MSU was ranked No. 1 in the South Atlantic Regional rankings heading into Friday's championship contest.
No. 6 Johns Hopkins 8, Muhlenberg 0
BALTIMORE -- Senior Kelly Baker scored her first career hat trick and added an assist to lead Johns Hopkins to an 8-0 victory against Muhlenberg in the Centennial Conference semifinals on Friday evening. Baker’s seven points broke the Centennial Conference tournament record for points in a single game (7) and her three goals tied the CC tournament record for goals in a game.
Junior Hannah Kronick had her fourth multi-goal game of the season and added an assist for the Blue Jays while fellow junior Sydney Teng scored twice in the first half. Junior Kaitlin Brooks rounded out the scoring with a goal in 82nd minute. The Blue Jays now advance to the Centennial Conference championship game on Saturday evening.