After opening the season on September 1st with a four goal shutout of BR-223 Widener, the BR-25 Swarthmore Garnet have tallied 45 goals, and not allowed a single opponent shot to reach the back of the net through seven straight games.
Handling the majority of the goalkeeping duties for the Garnet has been senior Reba Magier. Last season’s Centennial Conference Tournament MVP has logged just over 360 minutes of play, facing 15 shots, and making nine saves. Magier has earned all six wins while sharing the net-minding with freshman Amy Shmoys handling 74:12 minutes, facing three shots and making a save. Senior Caela Long also worked 63:24 minutes in net, facing two shots and making a save, and freshman Syndney Hunter having logged 42:01, facing five shots and making two saves.
Having a Division III leading offense, scoring an average of over seven goals per game, certainly helps the defense with the Garnet offense keeping the ball on the opposite side of the field. Junior forward Hannah Lichtenstein and freshman Marin McCoy have led the charge for Swarthmore offense, tallying nine and eight goals, respectively, each adding six assists. In an amazing display of offense, during a 15-0 trouncing of BR-359 Newman, 12 different Garnet offenders scored a goal.
Swarthmore will host BR-65 Dickinson next weekend, putting their scoreless defensive run to the test.
While not having the offensive explosiveness of the Garnet, BR-6 TCNJ has as well yet to allow a goal. The Lions have recorded four wins without a loss, along with two scoreless ties against BR-31 Gettysburg in the season opener, and a double overtime battle with BR-22 Johns Hopkins.
In goal, senior Jessica Weeder has handled nearly all the minutes in net, making 13 saves, making a career-high seven saves in the match against JHU. Weeder was named New Jersey Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for week one. On defense, the Lions have allowed opponents just 30 shots in six games, with only 13 of them making it on-goal.
Providing the offense for the Lions are sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Thoresen and senior midfielder Taylor Lusardi, each tallying four goals, with Thoresen adding two assists.
After a relatively quiet offensive start, scoring just four goals in the first four games, the Lion offense has exploded for seventeen goals in two games, starting with a 12-0 thrashing of BR-297 Penn State-Harrisburg, including a three-goal hat trick from Lusardi, while the Lion defense kept the PSH offense from making a single shot on goal.
The Lion offense continued to roll, opening play in the NJAC with a 5-0 victory over BR-155 Rutgers-Newark, with the defense allowing just two RNU shots, and Weeder making a pair of saves while earning her fifth shutout of the season.
TCNJ continued to play extraordinary defense in their next match against BR-233 FDU-Florham as well, notching a 3-0 win on Tuesday. They’ll look to continue the streak on Saturday, September 26 against Kean.