By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Ewing, N.J. – The College of New Jersey has won all three games so far this season.
The TCNJ Lions did not have much of a challenge in either game. In all three wins, the Lions outscored their opponents by 43 goals this season. The Lions were able to defeat the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons, 12-5, yesterday afternoon at Lions Stadium.
“I think it was, from one end of the field to the other, we played so well together,” said TCNJ head coach Sharon Pfluger. “I was very happy with the team cohesiveness on the field. I thought they played well together and made good passes to each other throughout the whole game.”
This game featured two of the Top 10 teams in the Division III women’s lacrosse poll. The Lions are ranked third overall, while the Red Dragons may move out of the Top 10 now with the loss. They were 7th overall prior to the loss.
The Lions have dominated the series with the Red Dragons since the 2007 season. The Lions are 6-1 since that time, including two wins in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Regional. In 2007, the NCAA Regional took place at Middlebury College, while the 2009 NCAA Regional took place at the TCNJ campus on the soccer complex field.
The Red Dragons beat the Lions last year for their only win since 2007.
Nearly 12 minutes into the second half, Kathleen Notos was sent to the bench for the rest of the game. She received her second yellow card, which sent her to the bench.
“I don’t know what will happen next game if I have to sit out or not,” said Notos. “We will have to wait and see. But it would not be good if I had to sit out.”
Notos lead all players in the game with a four goals. She scored all four of her goals in the first half.
“(Leigh) is a great passer,” said Notos, who scored on all four goals, assisted by Leigh Mitchell. “She played the ball well and I was able to get good scoring opportunities from her passes.”
Ali Jaeger added three goals for the Lions. She is the reigning preseason Division III women’s lacrosse National Player of the Year.
“She’s a good goal scorer,” said Notos. “She got many of them in near the crease.”
Leigh Mitchell and Loyola transfer Alex Spark added two goals apiece for the Lions. Maria Di Fato led the Red Dragons with two goals.
“Alex’s two goals were beautiful,” said coach Pfluger. “She’s an amazing player to watch. She could have had another goal, but it hit the post. What almost was a third one. She’s strong and expslovie and a great addition to the team.”
The Red Dragons also had Ashley Cook. Jordan Miller, and Taylor Robinson score. The Lions also had Lauren Pigott score a goal.
Mary Waller improved to 3-0 in the net for the Lions. She played all 60 minutes and made 5 saves. Shauna Hutchinson is now 1-1 with the loss after playing 57 minutes in the net. She made 9 saves.
“Mary played great!” said coach Pfluger. “She was consistent and she’s an excellent goalie. She was very posed and she reads the field well, because she plays center-middy (midfielder) in (field) hockey. She’s completely balanced out, as a player.”
After a penalty on Hutchinson, Ally Levy, her backup, had to come in for 3 minutes. She did not face a shot or make a save. Hutchinson occurred a penalty when she hit a TCNJ player in the face with her stick.The Lions face Cabrini College at home on Thursday night.
The game will be played at Lions Stadium at 7:30 pm.
“I feel like we’re going to get the best from each team that we play,” said coach Pfluger. “I think step-by-step we’re improving on the things that we need to improve on. It shouldn’t matter who we’re playing, as long as we’re playing our best.”