TCNJ Throttles Eastern Conn; Colby Up Next
from press release
Ewing, NJ -- The College of New Jersey women's lacrosse team scored 19 straight goals as the Lions broke an early tie to blow past visiting Eastern Connecticut State University 20-1 in the in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Wednesday.
The win puts the 10th-ranked Lions (14-4) in the round of 16 where they will face seventh-ranked Colby College (13-4), which defeated Lasell College by the score of 19-3. That game will be played on Saturday, May 11 at a time and site to be determined.
The Warriors capped their season with a record of 7-12 after winning the Little East Championship.
The Lions opened the scoring 1:18 into the game when sophomore Kendal Borup (Plainsboro, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro South) fed senior Jillian Nealon (Whitehouse Station, NJ/Hunterdon Central) for the game's initial score.
Eastern tied things up four minutes later as Taylor Shannon (Waterford, CT/Waterford) picked up her 21st goal of the season.
TCNJ then began to pull away scoring the next 11 goals, while keeping the Warriors off of the scoreboard the final 24:45 of the period.
At the offensive end of the field, junior Lauren Pigott (Jobstown, NJ/Northern Burlington) and classmate Jen Garavente (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp.) each sparked the run scoring four goals apiece during that time. Borup also added to the flurry scoring three times as the Lions led 12-1 at the half.
The Lions started the second half with a flurry quieting any thoughts Eastern had of making a comeback. TCNJ scored six times in the first 9:05 of the period and then played a possession game. Garavente capped the scoring with 11:14 left on a free-position shot giving the hosts a season-high 20 goals.
On defense, the Lions did their part not allowing a goal for nearly 45 minutes and allowed only a pair of shots on goal.
Garavente had a career game scoring eight times and assisting on two others. Pigott added five goals and assist, while Borup picked up four goals and an assist.
TCNJ dominated draw controls winning 19 of the 23 with Pigott collecting nine and Nealon six.
Goalie Kelsey Zinck (Bristow, VA/James W. Robinson) made one save for her 30th career victory.
In goal for the Warriors, Hayley Heslin (Hartford, CT/Northwest Catholic) registered five saves.