No. 1 TCNJ Dismisses Montclair State
from press release
EWING, N.J. - The College of New Jersey won its second conference title in the last three years as the top-ranked Lions grounded Montclair State University 18-5 on Friday.
TCNJ finished New Jersey Athletic Conference play a perfect 5-0, while moving its overall record to 16-0. The loss was the first in conference play for the Red Hawks as they are now 2-1, and are 10-4 overall.
Prior to game, TCNJ honored two players for their recent accomplishments. Senior Ali Jaeger (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon) became the all-time leader in goals and in points. The midfielder used a hat trick in a win at Rutgers University-Camden to move past Lauren (Dougher) Urban's record of 233 goals and in the team's next game, she added her second record again sliding past Dougher as the all-time leading scorer.
Dougher held that mark with 317 points she set back in 2006. Jaeger topped that record in style with a goal midway through the first half in a big win at second-ranked Salisbury University. Jaeger has already extended her totals to 338 points on 248 goals and 90 assists.
Junior Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) was cited for breaking a pair of assists records as earlier this season she became the program's all-time leader in that category surpassing the mark 85 set by Liz O'Connor from 2000 to 2003. She eclipsed that milestone in a win over FDU-Florham.
Then in Tuesday's win over Manhattanville College, she dished out four more assists breaking her own single-season record of 50 set a year ago. Before Mitchell, that record was previously held by Lee Moreau. With two more assists tonight, she upper her record totals to 123 for her career and 53 this season.
Lauren (Dougher) Urban was on hand to present Jaeger with game balls from the game's she set her records in, while Liz (O'Connor) Henky did the same for Mitchell.
Once the game started, the Lions led from the get-go as Mitchell scored the game's opening goal with Jaeger making it 2-0 minutes later. TCNJ ran its lead to 4-0 on tallies by junior Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) and Jaeger, before the Red Hawks got on the board with a score from Kayla Handerson (Landing, NJ/Roxbury).
TCNJ responded with a six-goal run as Mitchell and Jillian Nealon (Whitehouse Station, NJ/Hunterdon Central) each scored twice during that spurt.
With Lions leading 10-1, the Red Hawks trimmed two goals off that margin as Henderson and Cora Delfini (New Egypt, NJ/New Egypt) both solved TCNJ's defense.
The Lions responded with the final two goals of the period as Notos and Jaeger each scored unassisted. Jaeger's goal, which came on a free-position shot with 11 seconds left in the half, was her 50th of the season marking the third straight season she has hit that milestone. TCNJ led 12-3 at the half.
The teams each scored a pair of goals in the open part of the second half, but the Lions netted the game's final four goals as the evening ended the same way it started, with a ceremony as TCNJ closed out conference play undefeated.
Mitchell led all players with six points on four goals and two assists, while Jaeger also scored four times. TCNJ's scoring depth ran deep as Notos, Nealon, and Jen Garavente (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp) each scored three times, with Garavente also adding a pair of assists.
Henderson paced the Red Hawks with a pair of goals.
TCNJ goalie Mary Waller (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) finished with seven saves for her 16th win of the season, tying a career high.
In got for Montclair State, Tiffani Henderson (Landing, NJ/Roxbury) collected nine saves.
TCNJ caps the regular season on Tuesday, April 26th hosting ninth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology in a 7:30 p.m. start at Lions' Stadium.