Ninth-Ranked TCNJ Downs the Ducks

EWING, N.J. (April 23, 2013) Stevens fell to ninth-ranked College of New Jersey, 15-8, Tuesday night at Lions' Stadium in Ewing, N.J.

The loss drops the Ducks to 7-9 overall, while TCNJ moves to 12-4. Stevens is left with one game on its regular-season schedule against Empire 8 rival Utica College Saturday at 11:00 a.m. If the Ducks defeat the Pioneers, they will lock up the fourth seed in the Empire 8 Women's Lacrosse Championship.

Junior attack Jen Garavante (Monroe Township, N.J.) opened the scoring for the Lions, with senior midfielder Spencer Waybright (West Hartford, Conn.) answering 1:03 later to tie the score at one with 27:16 left in the opening period.

Senior midfielder Joey Galligan (Burlingame, Calif.) gave the Ducks a 2-1 edge at the 25:26 mark, but sophomore attack Kendal Borup (Plainsboro, N.J.) tied the game at two, sparking an 11-0 run over the next 20:35 of the first half to take a commanding 12-2 lead. Junior Lauren Pigott (Jobstown, N.J.), senior Jillian Nealon (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) and Garavente all notched three markers in the spurt for TCNJ.

Stevens closed the gap to end the first period as Waybright and junior midfielder Kara Rafferty (Bayshore, N.Y.) recorded tallies and the two teams went into the break with the scoreboard showing 12-4 hosts.

Nealon and Garvente netted a pair to start the second for TCNJ, making it a 14-4 game with 25:53 left, but three-straight Stevens goals one each from Rafferty, Waybright and freshman midfielder Mackenzie Swartout (Rochester, N.Y.) cut the Lions lead to seven (14-7) with a shade under 22 minutes remaining.

From that point, TCNJ tightened up its defense, allowing just one Duck goal over the final 21:51 for the final margin of 15-8.

Senior Meg Collins (Marshfield, Mass.) and junior Mel Welcome (Winsted, Conn.) split the game in goal for Stevens, combining for seven saves. Welcome and the Ducks' defense did a solid job over the final 30-plus minutes, allowing just three goals over the final 34:01 of action.

Waybright led Stevens with four goals and five draw controls, while Rafferty tallied twice and had three draw controls. Galligan had a marker, three caused turnovers and five ground balls, and Swartout notched a pair of points (one goal, one assist).

Borup, Pigott, Garavente and Nealon all had three or more goals, with Nealon and Pigott each picking up three draw controls.

TCNJ ended with a 30-19 margin in shots, with the Ducks winning 13 of the game's 25 draw controls. The Lions ended with an 18-15 advantage in ground balls and committed 11 turnovers compared to 15 for Stevens.

Saturday's 11:00 a.m. game vs. Utica at the De Baun Athletic Complex will be webcast live at www.Empire8.TV. Prior to the action Stevens will honor its seniors and it will also be Spring Sports Day 2013 with great events and contests on campus all day.

2013-04-23



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