Second-Half Surge Propels No. 4 TCNJ to 18-8 Win over No. 17 St. Mary’s

Lauren Carrier

Box Score

Ewing, N.J. - No. 4 The College of New Jersey women's lacrosse team scored 11 goals in the second half to break open a 7-5 contest en route to an 18-8 non-conference victory over No. 17 St. Mary's College of Maryland Sunday afternoon.  Sophomore midfielder Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape) tallied a career-high seven goals and nine points as the Lions remained undefeated on the season with a 6-0 mark.

Back-to-back goals by sophomore midfielder Alison Jaeger (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) gave TCNJ the early 2-0 lead at 26:50.  The Lions went up 3-1 before two consecutive goals by senior midfielder Lauren Carrier (Crownsville, Md./Old Mill) knotted the game at 3-all at 18:22.  The two squads alternated the next four goals before Mitchell and freshman midfielder Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, N.J./Camden Catholic) netted back-to-back goals in the half's final 45 seconds for a 7-5 TCNJ halftime lead.

Carrier notched four of the Seahawks' five first half goals, keeping the streak alive as she extended her NCAA Division III record for consecutive games with at least one goal to 54 straight.  She started the streak as a freshman on April 15, 2006 in a loss to Mary Washington.

The Lions scored four of the second stanza's first five goals to increase their advantage to 11-6 at 15:56.  St. Mary's sophomore midfielder Aubrey Mirkin (Ashton, Md./Sherwood) converted a free-position shot to end the home team's 3-0 run.  However, TCNJ sealed the win with seven unanswered goals, including a hat trick by Mitchell and two from Notos.

Jaeger had a well-rounded effort for the Lions with four goals and an assist to complement a game-high seven draw controls as TCNJ posted a 17-11 margin in draw controls.  Notos finished with a hat trick and an assist, while junior attacker Lisa Seldeen (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) added two goals and a helper.

The Lions rattled off 39 shots to St. Mary's 16, while scooping up 12 of 18 ground balls.

Carrier paced the Seahawk (9-3) offense with five goals and three draw controls.

Sophomore Mary Waller (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) picked up her sixth win of the season with six stops.

Freshman Colleen Simpson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) made 11 saves for St. Mary's.

St. Mary's is in the home stretch of its lengthy trip along the East Coast.  The Seahawks will travel to the Eastern Shore to take on No. 1 Salisbury University on April 4 for the conclusion of their seven-game road trip.  Game time is 2:00.