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Lions secure top seed in NJAC

The field hockey seniors are honored during their last home regular season game. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)
The field hockey seniors are honored during their last home regular season game. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

The Lions field hockey team was successful this weekend in getting the number one seed in the NJAC tournament, securing home field advantage for future games.

The team faced Rowan University in Glassboro on Saturday, Nov. 1, against a team that was also undefeated in conference play. The Lions knew that they would face a challenge and that they would be going up a team with their same goals.

The College was able to get on the board in the first half off sophomore Lexi Smith’s eighth goal of the season coming off a shot from the right side of the cage that landed in the left corner of the net.

After Smith’s goal, five minutes into the game, both teams were scoreless until 15 minutes to go in the match, when senior Lindsey Hatch punched in her conference-leading 27th goal of the year.

Sophomore Jaclyn Douglas and fellow senior Erin Healy, usual members of the scoring crew for the Lions, were able to get a shot on goal apiece, as well, but were unfortunately unable to connect.

Sophomore goalie Kelly Schlupp was able to record her second shutout of the season behind a very strong defensive effort by the Lions, only allowing one shot on goal.

The top-seed Lions will now look to hit the ground running against the Kean University Cougars on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Lions Stadium. The Cougars went 3-3 in conference play this season.

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