No. 3 College of New Jersey Hands Montlcair First Loss

Montclair, NJ... The College of New Jersey women's lacrosse team knocked Montclair State University from the ranks of the unbeaten in conference play as the Lions beat the Red Hawks 14-8 on Tuesday.

The win put the third-ranked Lions at 3-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference and 12-1 overall. The loss was the first conference setback for the Red Hawks, as they dropped to 3-1 in the conference and 8-4 overall.

Junior Ali Jaeger (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon) opened the scoring 1:05 into the game for the Lions cashing in on a free-position shot, but the hosts quickly countered with a pair of goals 28 seconds apart to take their only lead.

Jaeger and senior Robin Deehan (Morris Plains, NJ/Academy of St. Elizabeth) put TCNJ back in front with consecutive goals only to have Montclair State get one back to knot the game at three.

From that point, the Lions slowly took over as they scored five of the next six goals. Jaeger scored three of those goals, with Deehan and sophomore Sara Keating (Upper Montclair, NJ/Montclair) also contributing to the run with goals. TCNJ carried that momentum into the half, staking out to a 10-6 lead.

Both teams tightened up defensively in the second half as the Lions added four more goals and the Red Hawks only solved TCNJ's defensive unit only twice.

Jaeger led all players with eight goals establishing a new career high for goals in a season with 66. It also marked the second time in her career she has surpassed the 60-goal plateau. In addition to setting a season-best in goals, Jaeger did the same for points as she has 86 on the year, eclipsing the 80 points she recorded a year ago.

Senior Lisa Seldeen (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) also set a new career high for points in a season with one goal and three assists giving her 56 points on the year. With her big game, she has 29 goals and 27 assists.

Deehan and Keating each chipped in with two goals, while sophomore Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) scored once and set up another.

Junior Mary Waller (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) made five saves to pick up the win in goal for TCNJ.

The Lions return home on Friday, April 23 as they take on fourth-ranked Franklin & Marshall College in a 6:00 p.m. start. This will mark the third time this season TCNJ has faced a team ranked in the top 10 having won both of those previous games.


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