After a scoreless first half, Rutgers junior Kamilah Lalani (West Vancouver, BC) put the Scarlet Knights ahead with a penalty corner goal, assisted by classmates Megan Cech (Moorestown, NJ) and Colleen Maniere (Princeton Junction, NJ). The Tigers evened the score to 1-1 when Alexandra Fiorina scored an unassisted goal. Junior goalkeeper Stacey Gaenzle (Lancaster, PA) made five saves for the Scarlet Knights, allowing only one goal through regulation and both overtime periods. Tigers’ goalie, Gina Sadler, stopped 14 shots, allowing one goal.
Also contributing to the Scarlet Knights defense was junior Julie Speckels (Los Altos, CA), playing in her home state for the first time since joining RU. Speckels made her first defensive save of the season, the seventh of her career, tying for fifth place in the Rutgers record book for career defensive saves. She needs one more to tie for second place with former teammates Laura Whalen (1996-2000), Meghan McConville (1997-2001) and Melissa Bennett (1998).
In the stroke-off following the double-overtime, Pacific edged out the Scarlet Knights, four shots to two. Cech and junior Leann Grondski (Mercerville, NJ) scored the two strokes for RU. Courtney Radonich was credited with the Tigers game-winning goal.
The Scarlet Knights continue their West Coast trip, facing California on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m. EDT. RU will wrap up the Golden State tour with Stanford on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 5 p.m. EDT.
1 2 OT 2OT PS Final Score
Rutgers 0 1 0 0 2 1
Pacific 0 1 0 0 4 2
38:30 RU Kamilah Lalani (Colleen Maniere, Megan Cech) 1-0
68:37 UOP Alexandra Fiorina 1-1
RU (2) UOP (4)
Maniere – no Cameron Kato – yes
Mary Szymonowicz – no Fiorina – no
Cech – yes Jenny Tran – yes
Leann Grondski – yes Heather Kottmeier – yes
Courtney Radonich – yes
RU – Gaenzle (5)
UOP – Sadler (14)
Penalty Corners –
RU – 9
UOP – 3
Shots on Goal –
RU – 22
UOP – 9