Lafayette put itself on the board midway through the first half. During a penalty corner, Megan Monahan passed the ball off to Stephanie Goldman for the score. Less than 35 second later, Beth Gulotta scored on a cross from Meredith Hahn to put the Leopards up 2-0. Jennifer Stone scored Lafayette’s final goal of the half with 12:59 remaining, giving the Leopards the 3-0 advantage.
The Scarlet Knights got on the board before the half expired. On its only penalty corner of the half as time expired, Ashley Recker (Dillsburg, PA) inserted the ball to Megan Cech (Moorestown, NJ). With Cech’s stop, junior Kamilah Lalani (West Vancouver, BC) fired the ball into the cage to give the Scarlet Knights their only tally of the night.
The Scarlet Knights slowed the Leopards scoring in the second half, thanks in part to nine second-half saves by junior goalkeeper Stacey Gaenzle (Lancaster, PA) and two defensive saves by sophomore back Tiffany Klebez (Milford, PA). With less than 17 minutes to play, the Leopards extended the lead to three with a goal from Monahan during a broken penalty corner play. The final goal of the night was a penalty stroke by Stone, making the final score, 5-1.
Gaenzle finished the evening with 16 saves, while Lafayette goalkeeper Casey Devlin blocked one of RU’s two shots on goal. Klebez, who leads the team with eight defensive saves, moves into a tie for second on RU’s single-season defensive saves list and breaks into the career records, tying for fifth place.
Rutgers will host No. 18 Boston College in its final BIG EAST match of the season Saturday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m.
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Lafayette 3 2 5
Rutgers 1 0 1
17:14 LC GOLDMAN, Stephanie (MONAHAN, Megan) 0-1
17:48 LC GULOTTA, Beth (HAHN, Meredith) 0-2
22:01 LC STONE, Jennifer (unassisted) 0-3
34:59 RU LALANI, Kamilah (RECKER, Ashley; CECH, Megan) 1-3
53:12 LC MONAHAN, Megan (unassisted) 1-4
56:12 LC STONE, Jennifer (Penalty stroke) 1-5
Shots: Lafayette 29, Rutgers 2
Saves: Lafayette 1 (DEVLIN, Casey 1), Rutgers 16 (GAENZLE, Stacey 16)