Second-ranked Middlebury saw its season-opening six-game winning streak come to an end, as #4 The College of New Jersey (7-1) scored seven times in the second half for a 10-6 win on Tuesday in New Jersey. The Panthers (6-1) continue their three-game road swing, Thursday at 3:00 p.m. against Montclair State.
Middlebury opened the scoring 4:37 into the contest, while TCNJ had a player serving a yellow card. Jenna McNicholas fed Emma McDonagh at the top of the crease, who fired a shot past Lion goalie Miranda Chrone. Erin Nicholas doubled the lead with 11:13 on the clock with a shot from eight yards out.
TCNJ netted its first goal with 7:13 left in the opening frame on a tally by Kathleen Jaeger. Olivia Cleale added back-to-back tallies, giving the hosts their first lead of the contest at 3-2 with 2:09 left in the half. The teams went into the break tied at 3-3, as McDonagh scored with 1:21 left in the stanza on a nice spin move five yards out from the top of the crease.
The Lions jumped back into the lead on Cleale's third goal of the contest 6:20 into the new half. McDonagh forced the third tie of the game minutes later with a high shot from five yards out from the top of the crease. TCNJ responded with three-straight goals, as Jaeger started the burst and Amanda Muller followed by Allie Gorman each scored on free-position attempts for a 7-4 lead with 16:19 remaining.
The visitors closed to gap to two goals at 7-5, when Kirsten Murphy circled the cage and bounced a shot with 10:22 on the clock. After the Lions got the goal back, Georgia Carroll scored from short range off a feed from McDonagh with 6:36 left in the game. Jaeger (5:09) and Muller (1:53) closed out the scoring for the hosts, making the final 10-6.
McDonagh had three goals and one assist to lead the Panthers, while Murphy, Nicholas and Carroll each scored once. Hollis Perticone collected six draw controls, while Susanna Baker had a steady game with three ground balls, three caused turnovers and a draw control. Julia Keith suffered the loss in goal, finishing with six saves.
For TCNJ, Jaeger led all players with five points on three goals and two assists, while Cleale tallied three times and set up another. Elizabeth Morrison had a big game on defense for the Lions, causing 10 turnovers, gathering nine ground ball and three draw controls. Chrone picked up four saves in the win.