No. 5 TCNJ Cruises Past Manhattanville

Purchase, NY... College of New Jersey capped off the regular season with a complete team effort. The Lions led early and never looked back posting a 19-3 win at Manhattanville College on Thursday.

TCNJ finished the season with a 14-3 record and now will wait for the announcement of the field for the 2012 NCAA Division III Tournament. The brackets for the tournament will be revealed on May 6. The loss dropped the Valiants to 3-12.

The fifth-ranked Lions had their offense clicking right from the opening draw as Alex Spark (Harvey Cedars, NJ/Southern Regional) scored twice in the opening 1:17.

TCNJ would go on to score all 13 goals in the opening half, but two of them provided players with personal milestones. Spark's third goal of the game with 19:21 left in the half was the 100th of her career, while Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) netted three goals in the opening 30 minutes. The second of those goals was her 200th making Notos just the sixth player in program history to reach that mark.

Offensively, the Lions kept things rolling at the start of the second half with Erin Waller (Washington, Twp., NJ/Washington Twp.) and Notos each finding the back of the net in the opening three minutes extending their lead to 15-0.

Manhattanville spoiled TCNJ's shutout bid midway through the period as the Lions went on to win 19-3.

Spark finished with a career-high 11 points on four goals and seven assists and senior Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) was also in a giving mood finishing with seven assists. Notos led all players with five goals and Trenna Hill (Syracuse, NY/Lafayette) and Jen Garavente (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp.) each had three goals and set up another.

The Lions were extremely efficient with their shots as they scored on 19 of the 22 shots they took.

TCNJ's defense also made things difficult for the Valiants as they forced 15 turnovers and allowed Manhattanville only five successful clears in 11 attempts.

Between the pipes for the Lions, Kelsey Zinck (Burke, VA/James W. Robinson) made four saves, while Camille Passucci (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls) recorded one.


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