By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Ewing – The College of New Jersey pulled a huge upset on Saturday night.
The Lions field hockey team upset the 3rd ranked Salisbury University Sea Gulls. And it was the first time that TCNJ beat Salisbury since the 2008 season.
The 11th ranked Lions defeated the Sea Gulls, 1-0, at Lions Stadium. This is the Lions biggest win of the season, and arguably the biggest win since winning the 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship game.
“I’m happy that we played together, as a team,” said Lions head coach Sharon Pfluger. “I thought we played well, and I thought we made up for each others errors. That made it look like a great play instead of a mistake. I’m really proud of the girls.”
With the win, the Lions improved to 7-1 on the season, while the Sea Gulls dropped to 6-2.
In the 2008 game, the Lions won 2-1 in overtime in Salisbury, Maryland. Leigh Mitchell scored the game-winner in overtime on a shot from the left corner for the win.
“These games could have gone either way since we last won against them,” said coach Pfluger. “It’s nice to play each other, because of that.”
But this time around, five years later, no overtime was needed. Lions junior Erin Healy scored on Sea Gulls goalie Rachel Clewer for the lone goal of the game.
Clewer made 8 saves in the game, besides giving up Healy’s goal. And Healy’s goal was only the fourth goal that she has given up on the season, as she has a 6-2 record with 20 saves on the year.
“Erin works hard all the time,” said coach Pfluger. “So, it was nice to see her connect on the goal, as she does so much for us all over the field. The other girls do, too.”
Amanda Krause, the Lions goalie, made two saves in the game. Both of these saves came up late, as the Sea Gulls had an opportunity to score, before Krause blocked the shots.
“Amanda’s a great goalie,” said coach Pfluger. “She’s prepared for that. I’m happy that she did that to save the game for us late.”
Krause improves to 7-1 on the season and has four straight shutouts in net. She has not allowed a goal since September 14th against Juniata College.
Krause has given up just 5 goals on the young season, and made 30 saves.
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