By Christine Houghton
The lacrosse team capped off the regular season with two impressive conference wins. On April 23 the College steamrolled past Stockton University buy a final score of 18-4. On Saturday, April 27, the team went up Kean University and won 14-5.
To start the first game, the Lions went on a six-goal scoring streak, starting with an unassisted goal by junior attacker Alexandria Fitzpatrick less than a minute in.
Before Stockton even scored once, Fitzpatrick had hit the net once more, junior attacker Kasey Donoghue put up two goals and senior midfielder Kathleen Jaeger and junior attacker Allie Gorman each scored once. Junior attacker Olivia Cleale assisted three of those goals.
After one response goal by Stockton to make the score 6-1 in favor of the College, the team then went on a five-goal scoring run leading right up to halftime. Cleale scored first with an unassisted goal and assisted the next two goals scored by Donoghue and junior defender Jessica Allen. Donoghue would score again, followed by Fitzpatrick, whose last first-half goal put the team up 11-1.
Cleale opened up the second half by scoring yet again, as she led a three-score run capped off by Donoghue and sophomore midfielder Erin Jaffe. Scoring went back-and-forth constantly, as both graduate student midfielder Erin Harvey and Jaeger scored once and Fitzpatrick scored twice.
Against Kean, the College celebrated Senior Day, as seniors Jaeger, defender Abby Flagler, goalkeeper Miranda Chrone and Harvey were honored. The Lions finished ahead by nine after answering every Kean goal with at least one of their own.
Donoghue found the back of the net four times on the day and Jaeger was the high scorer of the game with six goals.
Ranked 17th in Division III NCAA women’s lacrosse, the College finished the season 11-5 overall and undefeated 6-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
As the No. 1 seed Lions will go on to play Kean University in the NJAC tournament tonight at 7 p.m.