TCNJ Owns Jersey; Pfluger One Win Shy of 400
from press release
EWING, N.J. -- There were plenty of story
lines for The College of New Jersey women's lacrosse team in their
home finale as the Lions finished conference undefeated with a 17-3
win over visiting Rutgers-Camden on Tuesday.
TCNJ ran its New Jersey Athletic Conference winning streak to 12 straight dating back to the 2010 season as they finished the conference slate 5-0. The Lions also moved to 12-3 overall, giving head coach Sharon Pfluger 399 career wins as she is one win shy of becoming the first NCAA Division III coach to reach the 400-win plateau. For her career, she is a lofty 399-39-1.
The loss put Rutgers-Camden at 4-8 on the year and 0-5 in conference play.
The game also marked the final home contest for a three TCNJ players and they were recognized for their dedication and contributions to the program before the game. The trio that was honored were Sara Keating (Montclair, NJ/Montclair), Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape), and Kathleen Notos(Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic).
Mitchell made the night even more memorable as she broke her own school record for assists in a season tacking on six more putting the new standard at 70. She set the old mark a season ago with 68.
Notos and Keating also put their names on the scoresheet as they each picked up a goal in the win.
TCNJ took control from the opening draw and raced out to a convincing 13-0 halftime lead.
The Lions controlled the ball for a majority of the second half, but the score was much tighter in the final 30 minutes with the hosts holding a 4-3 edge.
Junior Alex Spark (Harvey Cedars, NJ/Southern Regional) led TCNJ with four goals and added one assist, while Jillian Nealon (Whitehouse Station, NJ/Hunterdon Central) and Trenna Hill (Syracuse, NY/Lafayette) each scored three times.
Senior Clara Green (Cherry Hill, NJ/The Hun School) had a steady game for the Scarlet Raptors with two goals and four draw controls, whileSamantha Gregg (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood) added the team's other score. It was her team-leading 43rd of the season.
In goal, the Lions used a trio of players as Kelsey Zinck (Burke, VA/James W. Robinson) and Camille Passucci (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls), and Julia Giordano (Monmouth Beach, NJ/Shore Regional) each saw time between the pipes.
In goal for the Scarlet Raiders, Rachel Powell (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) recorded eight saves.
The Lions round out the regular season with a pair of road games starting on April 24 with a game at 17th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology and at Manhattanville College on April 26. Next up for Rutgers-Camden is a road game at the College of Notre Dame on April 23.
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