BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Middlebury College stunned six-time defending champion College of New Jersey, 14-9, to win its first NCAA Division III women's lacrosse championship yesterday at Lehigh University's Goodman Stadium.
The top-seeded Panthers, who had been ranked No. 1 for most of the season, ended a 102-game New Jersey winning streak. New Jersey (formerly Trenton State) had last lost on April 13, 1991. The Lions (14-1) had won 20 consecutive NCAA tournament games.
The victory avenged three straight NCAA tournament losses to the Lions, including last year's 15-8 setback in the title game.
Bethesda native Amity Wall scored three goals and Garrison Forest graduate Missy Hopkins led a smothering zone defense that shut out New Jersey for 26 minutes, including most of the second half.