Lions continues NJAC winning streak

By Christine Houghton
Sports Editor

The lacrosse team faced a trio of opponents this past week, starting with Rowan University on the road on April 16. The Lions team then played two home games against Colorado College on Thursday, April 18 and Ramapo College on Saturday, April 20.

Going up against Rowan, the College topped the New Jersey Athletic Conference opponent 17-11 and extended its conference winning streak to a national long 62 games.

Fitzpatrick cradles the ball as she runs upfield (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk).

Junior midfielder Alexandria Fitzpatrick scored a team high of six goals and junior attacker Olivia Cleale followed in second with four goals on the day.

Two days later, the home game against Colorado ended in a 15-9 win for the Lions. Junior attacker Kasey Donoghue scored early to put the College on the board first.

After a response by Colorado, Fitzpatrick came back with repeated goals merely seconds apart, putting the team up 3-1. About two minutes later, Cleale scored her first of the game and Fitzpatrick followed soon after with her third goal on the day.

Senior midfielder Kathleen Jaeger scored the College’s sixth goal unassisted and graduate student midfielder Erin Harvey followed suit with a goal of her own, sending the Lions into halftime up 7-4.

After halftime, the College showed no mercy, as it held Colorado to five goals on the half. Fitzpatrick started the team off with an unassisted strike and Harvey followed just the same five minutes later.

Jaeger scored back-to-back goals seconds apart to propel the College to an 11-5 lead. Junior midfielder Allie Gorman scored off the first assist of the game for the Lions by Cleale, while junior defender Jessica Allen scored the 13th goal off an assist by Jaeger. Harvey scored the final two goals for the Lions, closing the score with the six-point victory.

On Saturday, April 20, the team rolled passed NJAC opponent Ramapo College by a score of 18-3. The Lions opened the game strong with back-to-back goals by Gorman and Cleale, moving the team up 2-0 on the scoreboard.

After a response by Ramapo, the College went on a 10-goal streak that went unanswered in the first half, which was highlighted by three goals from Jaeger and two from Harvey.

Opening the second half, Jaeger scored one of her two post-halftime goals and was followed suit by Cleale, who scored off an assist by Harvey.

Donoghue scored the first of the last four goals for the Lions after a two-score rally by Ramapo, followed by Jaeger’s fifth goal on the day and two scores by Fitzpatrick to close out the game.

The Lions return to the field on Saturday, April 27, when they take on Kean University at home.

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