Piscataway, N.J. (April 1, 2012) – Led by a strong defensive effort, Rutgers women's lacrosse downed Connecticut, 14-5, Sunday afternoon at the RU Turf Field. The five goals allowed marked the fewest RU has given up in a BIG EAST game since April 16, 2004 - a 10-3 win at Boston College.
Junior midfielder Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.) bested her career high for the third time in the last four games with five goals. In her first start for RU, redshirt senior midfielder Brittany Davis (Wading River, N.Y.) posted her first career hat trick, scoring three times over the first 20 minutes.
Junior netminder Lily Kalata (Nesconset, N.Y.) earned the win for Rutgers (6-4, 1-1), making a season-high 13 saves, including five on free position shots. UConn’s M.E. Lapham notched a hat trick for the Huskies (6-4, 0-3).
The Scarlet Knights honored Genna Camiolo and little sister Rosie before the game as part of the Friends of Jaclyn Day. The pair served as honorary captains for RU and sat on the sideline for the remainder of the match.
Rutgers posted its most complete first-half performance of the season, netting 10 goals, while allowing just one Connecticut score over the first 30 minutes. The Scarlet Knights ripped off four-straight scores over the first 13 minutes and finished the half on a 6-0 run.
Davis handled the early scoring, connecting on a free position shot at the 26:19 mark and burying a pass from Ali Steinberg (Suffern, N.Y.) in front of the net to start and end the spurt. A Steinberg free position goal with 13:33 to play in the first stanza started the second run, which ended with sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) bouncing a shot into the net just before the break. Anderson registered two goals in the 12-minute span, giving RU a nine-goal lead with 30 minutes to play.
The two squads would each score four goals in the second half, as RU rode out the win. Kalata stopped nine shots over the second stanza, including three-of-four free position opportunities.
Rutgers hits the road for games against BIG EAST foes Villanova and Syracuse next weekend. The Scarlet Knights and Wildcats face off Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m.
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