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TCNJ to face Lynchburg after beating William Smith College

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Ewing – The College of New Jersey advances.

The College of New Jersey was able to beat William Smith College, 1-0, yesterday afternoon in the Division III Field Hockey Championships at Lions Stadium.

With the win, the Lions have moved onto the third round. In today’s meeting, the Lions will face Lynchburg College.

“I think they’re a very strong team,” said TCNJ head coach Sharon Pfluger. “This whole regional site is strong.”

It is the first meeting since 2001, which was also at The College of New Jersey in Regional play.

With the Lions without one of their best players, they were able to score their lone goal in the game. Caitlyn Jenkins came up big with the goal at 15:07 left in the game.

“The team worked so hard to get that corner,” said Jenkins. “It turned out to be a really great corner. The whole team worked so hard for that, but I was able to get the goal.”

Jenkins scored nearly 5 minutes after Leigh Mitchell suffered a head injury. Mitchell collided with a William Smith College defender and needed immediate assistance from the athletic trainers.

“When we lost Leigh, we missed her out there on the field,” said Jenkins. “But we all had to work harder.”

Several times in the second half, Lauren Pigott made two key saves for the Lions. The Herons had two chances of scoring on Lions goalkeeper Shannon Syciarz, but Pigott stopped both of them.

“She has blossomed into a very, very good defender,” said Jenkins. “All the defenders are really, really great! We have total trust in them.”

A few minutes into the second half, the Lions almost had a goal. The goal was immediately called back due to a high stick.

In the final minute of play, William Smith College had several chances to score in Lions territory. There were two shots on Syciarz, and Sycariz blocked both shots.

“I thought Shannon did a great job,” said coach Pfluger. “She made some really great saves. She had to come up big at key points in the game.”

The first half of play was predominately in the William Smith College side of play. The Lions had three first half corners, but the goalie made the save.

“I thought that we played very well,” said coach Pfluger. “We were playing well together. It was a matter of capitalizing on the scoring opportunities that we had.”

Catherine Hare, the William Smith College goalkeeper, made several saves to keep the score 0-0.

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