UNION, N.J. (10/14/14) – The Kean University field hockey team put a scare into No. 4 The College of New Jersey in a narrow 2-1 defeat on Tuesday night. TCNJ improved to 13-1 on the year and 4-0 in the NJAC with the victory, while the Cougars moved to 9-6 and 1-3 in the league.
Kean pressure on the Lions in the opening minutes of the game and took both the game's first shot and first penalty corner. The field was tilted toward the TCNJ cage in the first five minutes.
Eventually, the Lions earned back-to-back penalty corners. On the second installment, Lindsay Hatch inserted the ball to Jaclyn Douglas for the shot. Douglas scooped the ball off the turf high into the air and over everyone's head until it came down inside the Cougar goal for the score.
Off the re-start, Kean drove the ball down the field and deep into Lion territory. Chelsea Mann got the ball over to Bridgette Bottinelli who slammed it home for the tying goal less than a minute after the TCNJ score.
But just three minutes later, a turnover deep in Kean's territory gave Douglas a breakaway that she was able to convert into a go-ahead goal at 14:27. The score remained 2-1 at halftime. Kean goalie Katie DiCarlo (pictured left) had seven saves and Marissa Robinson added a defensive save to keep the Cougars close.
Kean had three-straight penalty corners to start the second half. The final one culminated in a laser shot by Robinson from the top of the circle. It seemed bound for the hardwood but goalie Kelly Schlupp dove and got just enough of it to send it wide.
Both teams battled over the final 35 minutes and both sides had good scoring opportunities. Schlupp finished with four saves while DiCarlo had 11. Neither team made a substitution all night, leading to desperate play from both sides as the clock ran down.
Kean's last quality chance came on a string of corners with approximately two minutes to go. The effort was there but the equalizer wasn't for the Cougars.
Kean will wrap up its homestand on Saturday with a 5:00 p.m. non-conference tilt against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.