Ewing, NJ… The last time The College of New Jersey and Ursinus College met in field hockey was in the 2011 NCAA Division III semifinals with the Lions earning a 2-0 win en route to claiming the title. The teams met again on Thursday with TCNJ once again winning by that 2-0 score to remain undefeated on the season.
TCNJ is 7-0 and pushed its winning streak to 21 games, while the Bears dipped to 3-4.
The third-ranked Lions scored the only goal of the half as senior Jillian Nealon(Whitehouse Station, NJ/Hunterdon Central) was credited with her 12th of the season with 11:38 remaining before the half.
In the second half, TCNJ doubled its lead as sophomore Erin Healy (Spring Lake Heights, NJ/Manasquan) ran her goal-scoring streak to five straight swiping in a short feed from junior Sarah Cummings (Summit, NJ/Summit). The goal was Healy's sixth of the season and came 6:44 into the new half.
The Bears had a great chance to cut the deficit in half with just under eight minutes remaining, but were denied by TCNJ goalie Roisin Dougherty (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City). The play started on the near end line with Ursinus forward Samantha Macchio (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) carrying the ball along the line and sending a centering pass to an open Stephanie Cooper (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks West). Cooper got off a quick one-timer, but Dougherty quickly got over to not only make the save, but thwarted Cooper's attempt at poking in the rebound.
Dougherty finished the game with three saves for her fourth shutout of the season.
Ursinus goalie Brittney Dolson (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester City)recorded 11 saves.
The Lions return to New Jersey Athletic Conference play on Saturday as they host William Paterson University at 1 p.m., while the Bears take on Centennial Conference opponent McDaniel College at home in a 1 p.m. start.