Piscataway, N.J. (April 3, 2012) - The Rutgers University women’s lacrosse team (6-4, 1-1) continues BIG EAST play against Villanova and No. 2 Syracuse this weekend. RU travels to VU on Thursday, April 5 at 4 p.m. before heading to Syracuse on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m.
The Scarlet Knights are winners of five of their last six contests, including a 14-5 victory over Connecticut Sunday. Junior Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after scoring a personal-best five goals vs. the Huskies. Junior Lily Kalata (Nesconset, N.Y.) made a season-high 13 saves in the victory, as RU allowed the fewest goals in a BIG EAST game since 2004.
Senior attack Danielle Mascera (Verona, N.J.) has dished out 22 assists through 10 games this season. The attack came into the year with just eight assists over her three-year career and currently ranks second in the BIG EAST in assists/game with a 2.20 average. Mascera also ranks 15th in the country in assists and 19th in assists/game.
Rutgers has never lost to Villanova (2-7, 0-1), boasting a 19-0 record in a series that dates back to 1978. Last season, RU bested VU by a score of 13-10 with Ali Steinberg (Suffern, N.Y.) scoring four goals.
The Wildcats are looking to bounce back from a 10-6 loss to California on Saturday. Senior Justine Donodeo leads VU with 28 points on 23 goals and five assists. Junior Dani Wiedmeier will be in the cage for Villanova with a 13.27 GAA and 46 saves. Head coach Julie Young is in her first season at Villanova.
Syracuse (6-2, 1-0) holds a 13-3 all-time record against Rutgers, winning the last 11 matchups. Last season, Rutgers fell 11-7 to the then-No. 11 Orange, as Steinberg posted four points.
Syracuse is coming off a 10-6 victory over Harvard in the first intercollegiate women’s game at Gillette Stadium. The squad is paced by Alyssa Murray (36 points, 25 goals). Sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Costantino has 51 saves, a .520 save percentage (No. 1 in the conference) and an 8.84 goals against average (best in the BIG EAST). Head coach Gary Gait has led the Orange to three BIG EAST titles since taking over four years ago.