By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Ewing, N.J. — The No. 1 ranked TCNJ Lions women’s lacrosse team is headed back to the Final Four. This is the 26th time that the Lions will be making a Final Four appearance.
TCNJ defeated Franklin & Marshall, 9-6, on Sunday afternoon at Lions Stadium. With the win, the program tied a school record with 20 wins, which they also did in 2016 and 2011.
The Lions improved to 20-2 on the season. The Diplomats ended their season with an 18-5 mark.
TCNJ holds a 15-4 record all-time against Franklin & Marshall. This was their first meeting since the 2014 season when TCNJ won in overtime.
Last year, TCNJ advanced all the way to the National Championship game. The Lions, who have not won a National Championship since the 2006 season, lost by one goal to the Gettysburg College Bullets.
TCNJ will face Middlebury College in their Final Four game slated for next Saturday at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. No time has been announced for that game yet.
The winner of the TCNJ vs. Middlebury College game will face the winner of the Salisbury University vs. Gettysburg College game on Sunday. TCNJ defeated then No. 2 Middlebury College, 10-6, on Tuesday, March 27th, in Ewing, N.J.
TCNJ also played Salisbury University and Gettysburg College this season. They dominated then No. 1 Salisbury, 10-1, at Lions Stadium on April 20th in Ewing, N.J.
Then-No. 1 Gettysburg College defeated TCNJ 9-5 on March 29th at Lions Stadium in Ewing, N.J.
Alexandria Fitzpatrick led the Lions with three goals and two assists. Kacey Donoghue also had two goals. Jessica Allen, Allie Gorman, Olivia Cleale, and Kathleen Jaeger also had a goal each.
In addition to Fitzpatrick’s two assists, Jaeger also had an assist.
Miranda Chrone played 59 minutes and 19 seconds. She received the win and made eight saves.
Alexa Natalicchio came in for 41 seconds when Chrone was serving a two-minute penalty. She made one save.
The Diplomats were led with two goals by Caroline Kolva. Paige Moriarty, Clare Monaghan, Grace Norley, and Brianna Gorman also scored one goal each.
Jane Cote had two assists for Franklin & Marshall. Kolva also had an assist, as well.
Danielle Harrington received the loss for the Diplomats after allowing nine goals and making seven saves in 57 minutes and 46 seconds. Julia McKay played the final two minutes and 14 seconds, where she did not see a single shot.