By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The College of New Jersey returned home for their first home game in nearly two weeks.
Like the April 9th game, the Lions scored 17 goals. Yet, in the April 9th game, the Red Hawks from Montclair State scored 9 goals on the Lions.
In last night’s game, the Lions defeated Neumann University, 17-3, last night at Lions Stadium. The Lions are the 9th ranked lacrosse team in the country.
With the win, the Lions improved to 11-4 overall. The Knights dropped to 12-4 overall.
It is the first time that these two teams have faced each other in more than six years. The TCNJ Athletic Department website only dates back to the 2007 season.
Neumann was able to score a goal with 21 seconds left. Andrea Lorusso scored the Knight’s third goal of the game to make it 17-3.
It was her second goal of the game. She also added the Knights first goal of the game to open up the scoring in the second half.
“No, I wasn’t upset,” said TCNJ head coach Sharon Pfluger. “It could have been a lapse or a mistake in defense that allowed them to score with 21 seconds left in the game after I called off our scoring. I am going to have to watch the film and then I will know better as to what happened on that play.”
Lexy Wilkinson also scored in the second half for the Knights. These were the only scoring attempts for Neumann, who struggled to get the ball into the TCNJ zone throughout the game.
The Lions were led in scoring by Kendal Borup and Jen Garavente. Both of these ladies had four goals each in the game.
“It was nice to see Kendal step up,” said coach Pfluger. “Jen has been stepping up all season long, but it was nice to see Kendal step up after we lost Alex (Spark) in the Rowan game. We need players to step up now after we lost one of our better players for the season.”
Lauren Pigott also added three goals for the Lions. Jillian Nealon and Erin Waller each chipped in two goals.
Erin Healy and Marissa Pennypacker also scored a goal in the game for the Lions.
“You really can’t take anything away from TCNJ tonight, I think we can take a lot of positives away from this game,” said Neumann head coach Christy Malone. “I love playing against fantastic teams and I believe that is one way of becoming a much better team. Our girls need to see what the expectations are from high level schools.”
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