#1 TCNJ Rallies from Five Down to Edge #6 F&M

LANCASTER, Pa. Behind Kathleen Notos, The College of New Jersey overcame a five-goal deficit for a 14-13 win, advancing to the NCAA Division III National Championship weekend. Notos scored five goals, including three in a seven-goal run by the No. 1 Lions (20-0) in the second half. The TCNJ win denied F&M its fifth-straight trip to the NCAA Championship weekend.

Trailing 12-7 with 16:54 to play, Leigh Mitchell cashed in on one of TCNJ's seven second half free position shots, beating the No. 6 Diplomats (19-3) keeper, Kelsey Hoffman, to the low left corner. After an unassisted goal from Sara Keating, Notos went to the eight-meter line and bounced one past Hoffman to make it a 12-10 game. Alex Spark cashed in on another free position shot less than three minutes later, before Notos scored on back-to-back solo efforts to give the Lions their first lead in 49:32 of lacrosse.

Notos evened the game with a run down the middle of the fan at 5:44. She gave the Lions the lead 37 seconds later with a blast inside of the right post. Spark secured the game winner with a run through the fan at 3:50. Erin Dunne's third goal of the day with 2:13 left in the game got F&M back within one, but the Lions won the ensuing draw and were able to run out the clock.

TCNJ got 10 shots off from the eight-meter mark and opted not to shoot on four more free position attempts. The Diplomats went three for three from eight meters. F&M was whistled 37 times, while TCNJ was whistled 16.

The Lions' comeback was necessitated by a balanced offensive mounted by the Diplomats. Six different players scored as F&M built an 8-5 lead at the break. Katie Delaney and Caroline Krohn each scored twice in the run. Krohn finished the day with a hat trick, her second in three games. It appeared F&M was going to have a four-goal lead going into the break, but Notos was awarded a free position shot with 3.5 seconds left in the half. She converted with two seconds left.

Beyond the offense, Hoffman was an immovable force, coming up with eight saves, including a number on free position attempts. With 20:48 left in the game, she denied Ali Jaeger from point blank on consecutive shots. Jaeger was stopped first on a free position shot and the ball caromed back into her stick. The second, ticketed for up top was met by Hoffman's crosse as well.

F&M's 13 goals mark the most any team has scored on TCNJ this season, and the Diplomats are the first team to break into double digits against the Lions in 2011. F&M's three losses have all come on the 15th on the month. The 20th win of the season marks the first time TCNJ has hit the plateau in their program's history. Franklin & Marshall, without a senior on the roster, closed the year at 19-3.

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Lancaster, PA...The College of New Jersey's aspirations for an undefeated season and a national championship stayed alive in improbable fashion, as the Lions rallied from a pair of five-goal deficits to hand Franklin & Marshall College a 14-13 defeat on Sunday.

The Lions trailed 12-7 with 16:24 remaining in the game, but ripped off seven straight goals to erase that margin and punch their ticket to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championships where they will face Bowdoin College in the semifinals set for Saturday, May 21 at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. TCNJ also found themselves down by five goals in the opening half.

The win put the Lions at 20-0 on the season as this team becomes the first in the program's rich history to reach that 20-win plateau. They are also the lone undefeated team in the country after Bowdoin knocked off Trinity College, 9-6. The Diplomats finished their season 19-3, with two of those losses coming at home to the Lions.

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