#10 TCNJ Outlasts #7 Colby in NCAA Second Round

Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore attacker Kendall Borup (Plainsboro, N.J.) totaled four goals and one assist, including two scores during a 4-1 run early in the second half that increased her team's lead from one to five goals, as the College of New Jersey Lions downed the Colby Mules, 11-9, in the NCAA second round this afternoon on Trinity's Sheppard Field.

The Lions improve to 15-4 with their fifth consecutive win and advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals tomorrow against the top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion Trinity Bantams. Colby's season ends as 13-5.

"The key for us today was simply playing together," said TCNJ Head Coach Sharon Pfluger (27th Season). "Getting a lead is important in any game, and Colby fought hard to come back but we held them off. Our confidence and growing and the players all know they need each other to win. It's a tight-knit group"

In a game that saw both offenses get off to slow starts, senior attacker Jillian Nealon (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) and Borup scored Lion goals in the first 14 minutes, before Colby senior co-captain midfielder Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) and classmate Tess Petesch (Rockville, Md.) answered to tie the score at 2-2 with 11:27 left in the first half. Borup ignited a 3-0 Lion run with a goal from Nealon 1:05 later, but Pistel fed junior attacker Katie Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.) with 2:25 on the clock and scored with 43 seconds left before the break to account for a 5-4 College of New Jersey lead at intermission.

TCNJ rookie Cortney Natalicchio (New Egypt, N.J.) scored on a free position 1:21 into the second half, and Petesch sandwiched two Colby goals around an unassisted Borup tally to make the score, 7-6, in the Lions' favor with 24:29 remaining in the game. Borup scored again just 28 seconds later, followed by a goal from Nataliccho to junior attacker Jen Garavente (Monroe, N.J.), a goal from Garavente to Nealon, and a final TCNJ score from junior Lauren Pigott (Jobstown, N.J.) to sophomore midfielder Lauren Karpovich (Marlton, N.J.).

Trailing, 11-6, Griffin and sophomore midfielder Abby Hatch (Wilbraham, Mass.) scored Colby goals 19 seconds apart in the 24th minute of the second half, and Mule junior attacker Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) added her team's third in a row, from classmate Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) with 1:32 left. Eddy won the ensuing draw and a Griffin shot went wide before TCNJ junior backstop Kelsey Zinck (Bristow, Va.) stopped Pistel's low free-position shot in the final minute, and the Lions held the ball the rest of the way.

College of New Jersey was outshot, 30-20, and committed 14 turnovers while causing nine, but won 13 of 22 draws. Zinck made 13 saves for the Lions, while Nealon collected a game-high seven draw controls to go with her three goals and one assist, and Garavente finished with two goals and one assist. Petesch paced Colby on offense with a hat trick, while junior Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) made five saves, scooped a pair of ground balls, and caused a pair of TCNJ turnovers in the Mule goal.


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