Lions clinch NJAC title

The field hockey team clinched the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) title for the second consecutive year.

With a 5-0 victory over Ramapo College, the College earned its 21st NJAC title as well as an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament.

This year marks the program’s 27th appearance in the tournament.

On Sunday, the teams took to the field to finish the remaining 29:47 of a previously suspended game. The two teams met on Tuesday, Oct. 9 before play was halted due to lightning.

When the teams parted ways over two weeks ago, the Lions led 4-0. Once play resumed, the Roadrunners continued to struggle against the Lions’ offense as freshman forward Leigh Mitchell netted the lone goal of the night.

“We have definitely been clicking as a team in the past games,” Mitchell said. “Everyone has been playing very well as a whole unit and each player picks up for others’ mistakes.”

In its matchup versus Kean University on Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Lions came into the game as the top-scoring offense in the NJAC with 3.56 goals per game while Kean’s defense had allowed a mere .89 goals per game.

The teams struggled for control during the first half as the Lions barely held onto a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

The Lions netted three goals in the first four minutes of the second half. The team tacked on two more goals as juniors Jenny Lubin and Katie Reuther scored to make it a 6-0 game.

The Cougars spoiled the shutout with 10 minutes to go, but the College got the final goal of the game as junior forward Kendra Boyd netted her fifth goal of the season off of an assist from Reuther.

Prior to the game, the team celebrated “Senior Night” by honoring seniors Colleen Dougherty, Alycia Gotthold, Sheri Grondski, Ashleigh Pecherski and Gina Quaranta.

The Lions went on to face a challenge from No. 8 SUNY-Cortland. Lubin scored the only goal of the game off of a penalty corner in the second half. The win snapped Cortland’s 18-game home winning streak and put the Lions at 15-2 on the season.

Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Gregory made two saves in the game to earn her ninth shutout of the season.

The team is scheduled to travel to Richard Stockton College for a 3:30 p.m game.