By Christine Houghton
The women’s lacrosse team dominated in the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship after a convincing playoff run. The Lions defeated Kean University on May 1 in a blowout 18-4 victory. They then went on to beat Rowan University in the championship match on Saturday, May 4, winning 17-2.
The score was tight in the game against Kean until just under 15 minutes into the first half. The Lions, then down by one, rallied with a 15-goal-scoring run that lasted the rest of the game, only letting Kean hit the back of the net four times. Junior attacker Alexandria Fitzpatrick scored a game high of five goals throughout both halves, increasing her season total to 59 goals.
Junior attackers Olivia Cleale and Kasey Donoghue both scored three each and graduate student midfielder Erin Harvey found the back of the net twice.
After the dominant victory, the Lions went on to play Rowan and secured the 2019 NJAC women’s lacrosse title, their ninth title in club history. Fitzpatrick was the top scorer yet again, posting up four goals and becoming the first player to pass the 60-goal mark since 2015.
Senior midfielder Kathleen Jaeger also scored four goals on the day and junior attacker Allie Gorman posted three herself.
Harvey rounded out the top scorers yet again with two goals, while senior goalkeeper Miranda Chrone saved 11 goals on the day to help the College secure its championship victory.
With the win, the team has clinched a playoff berth in the upcoming NCAA playoff berth as they play Colby College on Sunday, May 12.