By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 15th at 4:30 PM EST
Ewing – The College of New Jersey field hockey team has advanced in the NCAA tournament.
TCNJ won 4-0 over SUNY New Paltz at Lions Stadium in the Regional Round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Field Hockey tournament.
The fourth-ranked Lions (20-1) will face off against the seventh-ranked Catholic University of America Cardinals (16-3) tomorrow at 1 pm. The Cardinals defeated the Messiah College Falcons (15-7) for the right to play the Lions in the Round of 8.
The winner of tomorrow’s game will advance to the Final Four next weekend in Lexington, Virginia at Washington & Lee University.
This was the first-ever match-up in field hockey between SUNY New Paltz and TCNJ.
After going scoreless in the first several minutes of the second half, the Lions exploded for four goals in an 11-minute span. Senior Lindsey Hatch opened up the scoring at the 20:23 mark in the second for her 30th goal of the season.
Three minutes later, Danielle Andreula was later credited with the goal after it was originally given to Hatch. The Office of Sports Information said that Andreula re-directed Hatch’s shot for the goal.
Hatch would add the third goal of the game, before sophomore Lexi Smith assisted on senior Erin Healy’s goal to make it 4-0.
At halftime, the score was 0-0. In the final thirty seconds, SUNY New Paltz had two corners, which the Lions were able to stop.
Lions goalie Kelly Schlupp had two key saves in the first half, as New Paltz nearly scored. She added a third save in the second half en route to her third shutout of the season.
SUNY New Paltz goalie Alayna Wakeman had a good first half, before letting in the four second half goals. She had 10 saves in the game.