Courtesy of Colby Sports Information
EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. – TCNJ posted an 11-7 victory over visiting Colby College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
TCNJ scored two early goals while the Mules found their footing after their long break to take the first lead, but Colby settled and answered quickly. Taylor Moore assisted Emma Banks for the Mules' first goal of the game and then quickly added her own goal to tie the game at 2-2. The Lions' used crisp passing around the net and were able to score four times in a five-minute span to a take a 6-2 lead. Colby attack Grace Langmuir buried a feed from Lyla Jones to bring the Mules to within three goals, but the Lions scored the last two of the half to lead 8-3 at the break.
Langmuir netted her second goal of the game two minutes into the second half to cut the Lions' lead to 8-4. Neither team scored for the next 10 minutes as both defenses forced turnovers that prolonged the stalemate, but TCNJ finally broke the drought taking a 9-4 lead. Colby quickly answered when Langmuir added her third goal of the game, but the Lions scored the next two, taking an 11-5 lead in the final 15 minutes. Colby did not go quietly. Banks added her second goal of the game, and then Robyn Pirie finished the scoring to bring the Mules to within four goals, but it was not enough and, despite outscoring the Lions in the second half, Colby fell 11-7.
After coming in early in the first half to replace Emily Podgorni, goalie Izzy Scribano had a strong game, making seven saves out of 12 shots on goal. Sarah Stark gave the Mules aggressive play on defense, causing two turnovers, securing four draw controls, and collecting five ground balls.