Last Minute Goals Sends TCNJ Field Hockey Past Kean, 2-1

UNION – Junior Kathleen Notos scored the game-winner with under a minute to go in regulation as The College of New Jersey defeated Kean University, 2-1, Tuesday evening in NJAC action.

With the scored knotted at one-all, Notos scored the game-winner at 69:21 off a deflection and pass from Jessica Falcone. The win improves #13 TCNJ to 14-4 overall and 5-0 in conference action. The loss drops Kean to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.


The Cougars scored the first goal of the evening at 30:49 as Amie Hoch delivered the penalty corner pass to junior Olivia Triano, who then dribbled around a defender to her left and fired for the 1-0 advantage. It would stay that way until the second half as senior Mary Waller converted a penalty stroke opportunity at 38:12 to tie the score up at one-all.

In the 64th minute it appeared that the Cougars would take a 2-1 lead as junior Cat Dowling fired into a wide-open cage before junior Alex Okuniewicz hustled over to stop the shot for the defensive save.

Senior Lauren Dobbs stopped nine shots for Kean while senior back Joelle Vitale had two defensive saves in the loss.

TCNJ held a 16-6 advantage in penalty corners and a 19-5 advantage in shots.

The Cougars square off against SUNY New Paltz in their last full regular season matchup on Friday at 7 p.m. at Kean Alumni Stadium.

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