Five Conference Titles | Three NCAA Tournament Appearances | Five All-Americans 

Colonels fall to No. 4 TCNJ in NCAA Elite Eight

Colonels fall to No. 4 TCNJ in NCAA Elite Eight

EWING, N.J. – The book finally closed on Centre field hockey's historic 2017 season, as the team fell to No. 4 The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), 2-0, in the NCAA Quarterfinals Sunday.

In arguably the best season in program history, the Colonels finish with a record 17 wins and the team's first-ever appearance in the "Elite Eight."

TCNJ (17-3), a program touting 11 national titles, advances to the NCAA Final Four in Louisville, Ky. Centre finishes the year 17-5 overall.

The match featured two high-powered offenses, but it was the Lions who jumped out to an early lead.  

Five minutes into the first half, Cayla Andrews tallied her first of the season, giving the Lions an early 1-0 advantage. Sidney Padilla assisted on the play.

The Lions would add to their lead only eight minutes later, courtesy of Tori Tiefenthaler, who juked past a defender and shot from the top left of the circle.

Centre held TCNJ scoreless for the remainder of the contest, but couldn't find the back of the net against Christina Fabiano and the Lion defense.

It marked just the third shutout of a season for the Colonel offense, and first since a narrow 1-0 loss against Rhodes Oct. 7.

Sophomore Savannah Elpers (Louisville, Ky.) led Centre with two shots on goal, and senior Christine Semple (Louisville, Ky.) finished with a shot on goal and a defensive save.

All told, TCNJ had 13 shots to Centre's five, and the teams finished even with eight penalty corners apiece.

Sophomore goalie Kristen Mulcahy (Cedarburg, Wis.) turned aside five shots in the defeat.