By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Ewing, N.J. — The College of New Jersey women’s lacrosse team, which is ranked No. 1 overall in the country, has advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship. The Lions defeated the visiting Bowdoin College Polar Bears, 13-7, on Saturday afternoon at Lions Stadium.
The Lions have advanced to the Elite Eight in every year of the tournament. This is the second straight year that TCNJ has hosted regionals in back-to-back weekends before the Final Four weekend.
TCNJ will play the winner of the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats and the Colorado College Tigers at Lions Stadium at 1 pm. Their contest is presently going on with F&M leading 7-3 at 8:56 left in the first half.
TCNJ played the Tigers back on April 22nd when the Lions won 14-4. It has been four years since Franklin & Marshall and TCNJ have not played each other since April 4, 2014, at Lions Stadium when the home team was the victor in overtime, as they won 14-13.
The Lions are 14-4 against Franklin & Marshall all-time. TCNJ is also 4-0 all-time against Colorado College.
TCNJ is 14-2 at home this season. They have not lost at home since they lost to then-No. 1 Gettysburg College Bullets when they lost 9-5 on March 29th.
Franklin & Marshall is 7-2 on the road this season. Colorado College is 5-1 on the road with the aforementioned loss to the Lions.
Allie Gorman led TCNJ with four goals. Olivia Cleale had two goals and two assists, while Kathleen Jaeger and Amanda Muller had two goals and one assist each.
Kacey Donoghue had a goal and an assist, while Abby Flagler and Erin Jaffe had a goal each, Jessica Allen also had an assist.
Lions goalie Miranda Chrone got the win. She made seven saves.
Kara Finnerty and Hannah Hirschfeld had two goals and an assist each. Kate Miller also had two goals for the Polar Bears.
Amanda Anderson also had a goal. Eliza Denious and Sophia Lubrano had an assist each.
Bowdoin used two goalies. Kayli Weiss, who started the game, received the loss after allowing 12 goals and made four saves in 35 minutes and 19 seconds.
Erin Morrissey came in and played the final 24 minutes and 41 seconds, allowing one goal and making five saves.