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Lions showed the most roar over the Griffins in a 17-0 shutout in the NCAA playoffs

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ewing – The Lions roared over the Griffins.

The College of New Jersey women’s lacrosse team was able to advance in the Division III women’s lacrosse tournament. Now, The College of New Jersey advances to the Regionals this weekend.

The College of New Jersey Lions was able to defeat the Gwynedd-Mercy Griffins, 17-0, yesterday afternoon at the TCNJ Soccer Complex.

TCNJ now travels to Franklin & Marshall College for the Regionals this weekend. The Lions cannot host the Regionals at home, like they did in 2009, because of graduation.

TCNJ is expected to face Catholic University of America at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Catholic brings a 15-3 and No. 9 ranking into the game with the No. 1 ranked and undefeated Lions.

With a win Saturday, the Lions would face the winner of the Franklin & Marshall and Messiah game, who play at 11:30 am on Saturday. The Lions previously played F&M this season in Lancaster and came out with a 9-5 win.

“I think it’s more of a neutral thing,” said coach Pfluger. “We’re just going there. We’re going to play whoever it is. If we make it through Saturday, and Franklin & Marshall is the team we’ll face on Sunday, then that’s fine. At this point in the season, we need to play our best regardless of who we’re playing.”

The quarterfinals will take place on Sunday at 1 pm.

The Lions were dominate out of the gates, but slowed the tempo down in the second half when the game was out of reach. They only score three second half goals.

“I thought we were really atoned with each other,” said coach Pfluger. “I thought we passed well and we scored well. We found the cage often.”

TCNJ has had many huge leads throughout this season. But when TCNJ has a huge lead, head coach Sharon Pfluger likes to use many bench players to get seasoning.

The second half of the game was much like a practice than a game. The Lions were passing the ball around a lot, mostly in the Griffins side of the field.

It is also the third shutout for the Lions this season. On April 5th, the Lions shutout Rutgers University-Camden, 17-0, in Camden, then a few weeks earlier, the Lions shutout Cabrini College, 16-0, on March 17th at home.

“The defense is really keeping it tight this year,” said Jaeger. “We’re doing well helping each other. We are doing the fundamentals and pushing our offensive players out. Mary has been doing great between the pikes. She made some big saves in the end to ensure that we kept our shutout.”

Lions’ goalkeeper Mary Waller only had to make two saves throughout the game. She played 60 minutes in net and earned the win.

On the other hand, Trisha Timony allowed all 17 goals and made 4 saves for the Griffins. She played all 60 minutes in net, while receiving the loss.

Timony had problems stopping the Lions attack in the game. She allowed 4 goals each by Ali Jaeger and Kathleen Notos.

“We really came out strong as a team,” said Jaeger. “This is our first round game, so we wanted to show that we were the most dominate team in the NCAA. We’re one step closer to our goal.”

She also allowed Lauren Pigott to score her first hat trick in more than a month. She scored three goals – and scored the first two goals in the game.

Pigott had two hat tricks in the regular season. She had three goals against Eastern University on March 29th and had three goals against Frostburg State University on March 5th, the season opener.

“Lauren is a great player,” said coach Pfluger. “She is as strong offensively as she is defensively. I think at this point in the season, she knows that she can go to goal. It’s OK. We’re totally confident in her going to goal, and we need her to do that, because other kids are going to marked really, really tight in the games. She’s the one that finds the space in the cut and she’s ready to go to goal from there.”

Alex Spark also added two goals. Both of her goals were in the first half.

The Lions had four other players score a goal. Jen Garavente, Jillian Nealon, Sara Keating, and Jennamarie Colicchia each scored.

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