Pfluger Wins 400th as No. 5 TCNJ Overpowers No. 18 Stevens

Hoboken, NJ ... The College of New Jersey's Sharon Pfluger added yet another accomplishment to her already decorated career, as she became the first head coach at the NCAA Division III level to earn 400 wins when she guided the Lions to an 18-6 victory at Stevens on Tuesday.

Pfluger, who is in her 26th season at her alma mater, upped her career record to 400-39-1 and she is the second coach in all divisions to reach 400 victories. The only other coach to hit that milestone is Cindy Timchal (409), who is the head coach at the United States Naval Academy.

This season the Lions are 13-3. The loss puts 18th-ranked Stevens at 9-6.

The sticks of junior Alex Spark (Harvey Cedars, NJ/Southern Regional) and sophomore Lauren Pigott (Jobstown, NJ/Northern Burlington) got the Lions off to a flying start with Spark scoring the initial two goals of the game and Pigott the next.

Already leading 4-0, Spark netted her third of the game with an assist from Sara Keating (Montclair, NJ/Montclair), while Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) then deposited a pass from Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) into the Stevens net as TCNJ reeled off the first six goals of the game in the opening 9:56.

TCNJ would add to that advantage the rest of the half as they would lead 11-3 at the half.

The Lions quickly increased their lead to double figures early in the second half as Spark scored 25 seconds into the fresh half and Trenna Hill (Syracuse, NY/Lafayette) scored just over a minute later on a feed from Keating bumping the difference to 13-3.

Sophomore Jen Garavente (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp.) and Hill extended that run to four straight goals to start the half, before the Ducks scored consecutive goals to get back to within 15-5.

A timeout by the Lions settled things down and they netted three goals right out of the stoppage of play. TCNJ ended up outscoring the Ducks 7-3 in the second half and getting Pfluger the milestone win.

Spark finished with seven goals and one assist, with those goals giving her a team-leading 62 for the season. Notos collected four goals and two assists, while Pigott had a very balanced game scoring three goals, gathering six ground balls, and winning six draw controls.

Between the pipes for the Lions, Kelsey Zinck (Burke, VA/James W. Robinson) made six saves for her 13th victory of the season.

The Lions cap the regular season on Thursday, April 26 heading to Manhattanville College to face the Valiants in a 7:00 p.m. start.

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HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 24, 2012) Fifth-ranked College of New Jersey defeated No. 18 Stevens, 18-6, in a non-conference women's lacrosse game at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. Tuesday night. The Lions scored the game's first six goals and never looked back, improving to 13-3 with the win. Stevens falls to 9-6 overall and will host Hartwick College in its regular-season finale on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Junior midfielder Alex Spark (Harvey Cedars, N.J.) and sophomore midfielder Lauren Pigott (Jobstown, N.J.) were responsible for five of the game's first six tallies as the Lions opened a 6-0 advantage 9:56 into the action. Senior attack Michelle Buonacuore (Medford, N.J.) was able to score on a nice pass from junior midfielder Spencer Waybright (West Hartford, Conn.) to get the Ducks on the board 11:11 in, but the Lions answered with a pair of their own to push the margin to seven (8-1) with 17:18 left in the first.

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