By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Ewing, NJ – The College of New Jersey was able to advance to the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Semifinals thanks to Karen Doane. The senior scored with 3.4 seconds left on a free-position shot for the game-winner.
Her goal gave the Lions a 9-8 win over Union College (New York) Sunday afternoon at the Lions’ Soccer Complex.
Doane was able to draw a foul inside the eight-meter arc, then was able to score on the opportunity. Her goal put the Lions, who are 17-1, into the National Semifinals against reigning NCAA Champion, Franklin & Marshall, on Saturday, March 17th at 2:30 PM EST.
This game will take place at Donald J. Kerr Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Diplomats advanced to this game with a 16-9 win over the Amherst College Lady Jeffs.
This is the 23rd time in the past 24 years that the Lions have advanced to the semifinals in the tournament.
Before Doane’s game-winner, the Lions led 6-3 in the second half before the Dutchwomen went on a roll with four straight goals with Chelsea Charlette scoring twice and Keri Messa and Kristin Joyce scored the others. This run made it 7-6 the visitors.
Lions were able to reclaim the lead when Toni-Anne Cavallo and Rachel Gordon were able to score back-to-back goals on free-position attempts. This gave TCNJ an 8-7 lead with 10:59 remaining.
With 2L59 left in the game, Allie Cuozzo was able to tie the game for the Dutchwomen after Melissa Hine caused a Lions turnover.
The Lions lead 4-3 at halftime. Cavallo was able to make it that score with 2:24 remaining before the break. Neither team led by more than a goal.
Doane, Cavallo, and Katie Reuther twice, and the team had eight of their nine goals on free position attempts. Charlette led the Dutchwomen with three goals, while Joyce and Cuozzo scored a pair each.
Lions goalie Caitlin Gregory picked up her 17th win of the season. She made six saves. Union’s goalie Cat Ruggiero made six stops.
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