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Olivia Carey had two early goals for the Athenas (photo by Caelyn Smith)
Olivia Carey had two early goals for the Athenas (photo by Caelyn Smith)

CMS Women's Lacrosse Concludes Spring Break Trip With Loss to No. 10 TCNJ

TRENTON, N.J. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's lacrosse team hung in early in a tough road battle against tenth-ranked College of New Jersey, but the Lions eventually found their stride and pulled away for a 24-5 win on Friday afternoon.

The loss drops CMS to 5-3 on the season, with two of the losses coming to top-15 teams, along with No. 15 Wesleyan on Wednesday. TCNJ remains undefeated at 6-0 with the win. 

CMS started strong, as Macie Gruver opened the scoring 53 seconds in off a feed from Alex Futterman. After the Lions tied it, Olivia Carey put the Athenas back in front at 2-1. 

TCNJ's Ally Tobler then rattled off three goals in a row, and Larissa Hatzold added another to put the Lions ahead 5-2. Bella Lynch responded with a goal for CMS to cut it to 5-3, and after Hatzold scored, Carey scored her second, off another feed from Futterman, to make the score 6-4 with 2:24 to go in the first. 

From there, though, the Lions were able to seize momentum and pull away. Jennifer LaRocca closed out the first quarter with two goals to make it 8-4, and Veronika O'Donnell stared the second quarter with two off of LaRocca assists to make it 10-4. Abby Parrish scored off a Gruver feed to make it 11-5 with 10:23 to go in the half, but TNCJ shut out the Athenas the rest of the way. 

CMS will get two weeks off before returning to action with a home game against Colorado College on Sunday. April 3.