No. 2 TCNJ Bumps Drew
from press release
MADISON, N.J. - Four was a popular number for The College of New Jersey women's lacrosse team as the Lions used three four-goal runs in the opening half en route to an 18-3 win at Drew University on Tuesday.
TCNJ (2-0) also had a pair of players each score four goals as senior Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) and junior Alex Spark (Harvey Cedars, NJ/Southern Regional) reached that number.
Things started with a flurry for the Lions as they scored the first four goals of the game in the opening 11:28. Spark started things off cashing in on a free-position shot before Notos scored on a feed from Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape). Mitchell then set up Spark making it a 3-0 lead and Trenna Hill (Syracuse, NY/Lafayette) made it a four-goal difference converting on a free-position attempt.
After the Rangers scored, TCNJ again scored four straight with Mitchell factoring in on three of them. She made it 5-1 with an unassisted tally and the set up Spark for a goal. Sophomore Jen Garavente (Monroe Township, NJ/Monroe Township) increased that advantage to 7-1 and Mitchell capped off that spurt with her second goal of the game. That goal came off of a feed from senior Sara Keating (Upper Montclair, NJ/Montclair).
Drew broke that run with 11:39 left before the break, but once again the Lions responded with a four-goal run to round out the half. Keating and Notos each scored twice as TCNJ went into the half holding a comfortable 12-2 lead.
The second half was all Lions as they netted the first five goals of the half taking a 17-2 lead. Drew then stooped that run with a goal, but TCNJ freshman Kelsey Borup Plainsboro, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro South) added her first collegiate goal.
Mitchell picked up her second straight seven-point game scoring three goals and dishing out four assists. Sophomore Lauren Pigott (Jobstown, NJ/Northern Burlington) also had a steady game with a goal and three assists.
Sophomore goalie Kelsey Zinck (Burke, VA / James W. Robinson) won her second straight start as she finished with one save in just under 50 minutes of work.
TCNJ opens New Jersey Athletic Conference play on Thursday, March 8 as they head to Ramapo College to face the Roadrunners in a 4 p.m. start.