Top-Ranked TCNJ Overpowers Manhattanville

Ewing, NJ...Playing at home for the first time in nearly a month, The College of New Jersey returned to the comforts of Lions Stadium in style as the top-ranked Lions coasted to an 18-1 victory over Manhattanville College on Tuesday.

The win bumped the Lions to 15-0 on the season, including 7-0 at home, while the Valiants dropped to 6-6. TCNJ last played at home on March 26 and then embarked on a perfect 6-0 road swing that saw them beat three teams ranked in the top 10.

The hosts were off to the races from the opening draw as junior Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) scored twice in the first two minutes of the game, while senior Ali Jaeger (Hampton, NJ/North Hunterdon) notched the next two as the hosts led 4-0 just 3:19 into the game.

The Lions ended up scoring the first eight goals of the game before the Valiants broke through with a score. TCNJ answered with another big run scoring seven straight goals to close the half, with Mitchell scoring two of those and junior Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) had three. Notos third goal in that run was her fourth of the game and her 50th of the year marking the second straight year she hit that plateau TCNJ held a very comfortable 15-1 lead at the half.

The Lions netted on the only three goals of the second half with the second one producing another school record. Mitchell set up freshman Lauren Pigott (Jobstown, NJ/Northern Burlington) for a goal giving her 51 assists on the season. With that assist, Mitchell broke her own single-season mark for assists that she set last season. Mitchell already holds the career mark at TCNJ with Tuesdays assists raising that total to 121 and she is the only play in program history to eclipse 100 assists.

Mitchell paced the offense with nine points on five goals and four assists as Notos finished with five goals and one assist. Jaeger had another steady game with three goals and two assists. Pigott chipped in with a pair of goals and Jen Garavente (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp) scored once and dished out a career-high three helpers.

At the other end of the field, TCNJs defense limited Manhattanville to one goal marking the sixth time this season the Lions have allowed one goal or less. TCNJ ranks first nationally in team defense as they have allowed only 40 goals in 15 games, good for an average of 2.67 per game.

TCNJ rounds out New Jersey Athletic Conference play on Friday, April 22 as they host Montclair State University in a 7:00 p.m. start.

2011-04-19



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