Unbeaten Lions Maul Messiah in Top 10 Showdown
from press release
Grantham, PA - The College of New Jersey women's lacrosse team scored seven straight goals over a span of 23:33 that erased a two-goal deficit and propelled the Lions to a 16-10 win at Messiah College in an early-season match-up of ranked teams.
The win kept the sixth-ranked Lions undefeated at 3-0, while the Falcons suffered their third straight defeat to fall to 1-3.
Messiah got off to a fast start scoring the game's first two goals and then led 3-1 and 4-2. It was after that fourth goal that the visitors began to take control. Junior Lauren Pigott (Jobstown, NJ/Northern Burlington) made it a one-goal game and senior Alex Spark (Harvey Cedars, NJ/Southern Regional) tied the game at 4-4 with 12:11 left in the opening frame.
Sophomore Kendal Borup (Plainsboro, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro South) gave TCNJ its first lead and Pigott bumped that margin to 6-4 with a free-position goal with 8:11. Pigott tacked on another goal before the half scoring with 1:29 showing on the clock as the Lions led 7-4.
Special teams came into play early in the second half as Pigott scored while TCNJ was short a player and Spark while the Lions had a one-man advantage extending their lead to 9-4.
After the Falcons ended TCNJ's run, the Lions continued to find the back of the net scoring six of the game's next eight goals quickly pushing the lead to 15-7.
The hosts battled back with three goals in less than two minutes, but TCNJ's defense closed the door and Spark added one more goal to finish off the scoring.
Junior Jen Garavente (Monroe Twp., Monroe Twp.) paced the Lions with five goals and an assist, while Pigott scored a season-high four goals. Spark netted three goals and set up another and Borup tallied twice. Senior Jillian Nealon (Whitehouse Station, NJ/Hunterdon Central) added to a balanced attack with a goal and two assists.
Junior goalie Kelsey Zinck (Bristow, VA/James W. Robinson) earned the win between the pipes making a career-best 10 saves.
TCNJ returns to New Jersey Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, March 13 hosting Ramapo College at 4 p.m. in Lions' Stadium. The Lions enter that game having won 13 straight conference games.