No. 3 TCNJ Snaps Women's Lacrosse Winning Streak, 14-8

Box Score

Montclair, NJ (4/20/10) - Junior Alison Jaeger (Hampton, NJ / North Hunterdon) scored eight times, including five during a key first-half run as third-ranked The College of New Jersey snapped Montclair State’s seven-game winning streak with a 14-8 victory over the Red Hawks in a New Jersey Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse matchup at Sprague Field on Tuesday evening.

Senior attack Lisa Seldeen (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) collected a goal and three assists as the Lions improved to 12-1 overall, 3-1 in the NJAC with the victory.

Sophomore midfielder Cora Delfini (New Egypt, NJ / New Egypt) had three goals for the Red Hawks, who lost for the first time since March 10. MSU is now 8-4 overall, 3-1 in the NJAC.

Jaeger gave TCNJ an early 1-0 lead as she scored off a free-position attempt 1:05 into the contest. Montclair State would answer back with two goals in a span of 28 seconds. Morgan MacPhee (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) converted a free-position opportunity at 27:59 and Delfini tallied unassisted as Montclair led 2-1 with 2:29 gone by in the contest.

But the Lions would score nine of the game’s next 12 goals to take control of the contest. Jaeger finished off a Seldeen pass to tie the game at 22-2 and Robin Deehan (Morris Plains, NJ / Academy of St. Elizabeth) put the Lions in front as she scored with 23:53 left. MacPhee re-tied the game with just over 20 minutes remaining however Jaeger scored twice in a 67-second span to give TCNJ the lead for good.

Jessica Curran (Yorktown Heights, NY / Lakeland) got the Red Hawks back within a goal on her unassisted marker with 15:16 to play, but the Lions countered with three straight to take and 8-4 advantage. Deehan, Sara Keating (Upper Montclair, NJ / Montclair) and Jaeger each scored during the spurt. MSU’s Lauren Adams (Jackson, NJ / Jackson Memorial) scored with 8:04 left to cut the deficit to three however Jaeger registered her sixth and Leigh Mitchell (Mount Laurel, NJ / Lenape) connected with 4:05 to go as the Lions led 10-6 at the break.

Montclair State would get back to 11-8 in the second half on Delfini’s third goal with 21:18 to play before TCNJ closed out the game with three straight goals, including Jaeger’s last score with 51 seconds left for the final margin.

Junior Mary Waller (Bel Air, MD / C. Milton Wright) made five saves for TCNJ, which outshot the Red Hawks 29-13 in the game. Jaeger added three draws and six ground balls while Kathleen Notos (Pennsauken, NJ / Camden Catholic) had a team-best six draws as the Lions doubled-up Montclair in that category, 16-8.

Freshman goalkeeper Tiffani Henderson (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) stopped 10 shots for Montclair State. MacPhee had three ground balls and two caused turnovers while Curran, Kailee Beal (Succasunna, NJ / Roxbury) and Jamie Hudacko (Montville, NJ / Montville) had two draws each.

Montclair State returns to action on Thursday, April 22 as the Red Hawks host Mt. St. Mary in a Skyline Conference contest at 7:00 pm. The Lions return home on Friday, April 23 as they take on fourth-ranked Franklin & Marshall College in a 6:00 pm start.