TCNJ Downs No. 1 Gettysburg to Win Championship

HOBOKEN, N.J. – No. 4 The College of New Jersey won its second consecutive national championship with a 10-4 win over No. 1 Gettysburg in the NCAA finals hosted by the Stevens Institute of Technology on Sunday.

Gettysburg finished the best season in program history. The Bullets (21-1) won a program record 21 games, including a 21-game winning streak, and advanced to the national finals for the first time.

Midfielder Katie Ceglarski (Darien, CT /Darien), defenseman Callie Gates (Basking Ridge, NJ/Ridge) and defenseman Jamie Heeneke (Pennsauken, NJ/Moorestown) were named to the all-tournament team after their outstanding weekend.

TCNJ dominated the first half and jumped onto the scoreboard 4:27 into the game on an unassisted goal by Karen Doane. The Lions made the score 2-0 on a free position goal by Lauren Dougher.

After playing 12 minutes of scoreless lacrosse, Rachel Gordon added to TCNJ's lead off a pass from Bridget Bigley with 10:02 left on the clock. Gettysburg followed with its first goal of the game. Megan Moore (Chestertown, MD/Gunston Day School) drove to the cage, fired a shot and cut the Lions' lead to 3-1 with 8:24 remaining.

TCNJ rallied to score two more goals before the halftime whistle to set the score at 5-1 going into the locker room.

Gettysburg opened the second half seeking momentum, but the Lions got back-to-back unassisted goals from Dougher to run the lead to 7-1. With 16:50 remaining, Gordon added the second of her own back-to-back unassisted strikes to increase TCNJ's lead to 9-1.

The Bullets fought back starting with a free position goal by Katie Hagan (Media, PA/Cardinal O'Hara) with 12:25 remaining. The lead was cut to 9-3 on Moore's second goal of the contest.

TCNJ staved off the late rally by Gettysburg as Dougher netted her fourth goal of the game with only 3:17 on the clock.

Ellie Shihadeh (Malvern, PA/Conestoga) added a late free position goal for Gettysburg to set the game's final score at 10-4.

Heather Kelley (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga) made seven saves in goal and finished her season with a 21-1 record, the most single-season wins in program history.

Gettysburg's senior class of Shihadeh, Kelley, Heeneke and Jenn Kelly (Westbury, NY/Carle Place) end their career with a 74-10 record, the most wins of any class in program history.

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[Courtesy of Stevens Sports Information]

HOBOKEN, N.J. (May 21, 2006) – Senior midfielder Lauren Dougher (Blue Bell, Pa.) capped an amazing career with four goals in leading The College of New Jersey to its second straight NCAA Division III Women’ Lacrosse Championship as the Lions defeated previously unbeaten Gettysburg College, 10-4, on Sunday at DeBaun Field on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. In the process, TCNJ captured its 13th national title in women’s lacrosse as the Lions finished the 2006 season on a 13-game winning streak.

“Every time feels like the first time,” said head coach Sharon Pfluger (Hopewell Township, N.J.) when asked if the championships hold any special meaning the longer she coaches. “Every team works hard, but every team is different. You have to look at what goes into the journey. It is wonderful to finish it off with a national championship, but the journey itself was just incredible, and I will never forget it.”

Gettysburg (21-1) entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association STX poll. TCNJ (15-2) was No. 4 in the rankings. Earlier this season on March 30, the Bullets handed the Lions their second loss in as many games as Gettysburg posted a 9-8 win in Ewing, N.J. TCNJ did not lose another contest the rest of the season.

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