PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 25, 2014) – The Rutgers University women’s lacrosse team (2-0) hits the road for its first test away “From the Banks” on Wednesday, Feb. 26 as the squad takes the short trip to in-state rival No. 19/18 (IWLCA Coaches/Brine Women’s Media Poll) Princeton (0-1). RU will face the Tigers at 6 p.m. at Sherrerd Field.
The Scarlet Knights most recently took down Fairfield, 6-5, on Saturday, Feb. 22 to improve to 2-0 on the season. After trailing 2-1 at the half, the Scarlet Knights stormed to life in the second frame, ripping off four goals in the first eight minutes of play to take a 5-2 advantage. The Stags rallied back, outscoring RU by a 4-1 margin, but Rutgers won the final draw after Fairfield’s last goal (2:18) and maintained possession for the final two minutes to secure the victory.
Senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) leads the Scarlet Knights on the season in total points, with four on two goals and two assists (team-high). Classmate Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) has netted a team-best three goals, and also leads the squad in draw controls with four at attack.
Redshirt freshman Amanda Currell (Moorestown, N.J.) has notched back-to-back impressive performances in the cage to begin her collegiate career. Against Manhattan, the rookie tallied a team-high five saves in 30 minutes of action and went on to record her first career win in her first career start against Fairfield. Currell stopped 10 shots against the Stags to mark the most saves for a Scarlet Knight since then-senior Lily Kalata denied 10 attempts last season against Notre Dame on March 22.
Currell currently leads the NCAA in save percentage (.714), while also leading the BIG EAST in save percentage, saves (15) and saves per game (7.50). She is also tied for second in goals against average (4.00).
The netminder was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week today.
Princeton welcomes RU for its second game of the season, most recently falling to No. 6 Loyola in its season-opener on Feb. 22. Wednesday’s contest marks the Tigers’ home opener, as they played their first game on the road.
Senior Sarah Lloyd and freshman Anna Doherty both had hat tricks for the Tigers, while junior Erin McMunn had a four-point game in the loss. Princeton trailed by four goals early (5-1), but was able to make it a two-score contest at 8-6 seven minutes into the second half. A five-goal Loyola run in a span of just over five minutes mid-way through the stanza, however, gave the Greyhounds their largest lead of the game at 14-7. Princeton never got closer than five, as Doherty netted the final score for the Tigers with 21 seconds remaining.
Princeton maintains the advantage in the all-time series, as the Tigers hold an 11-4-1 record against the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers enters the contest with a two-game winning streak however, downing Princeton 12-10 last season and 11-10 in double overtime during the 2012 campaign.
Last year, RU defeated the Tigers on March 19 to improve to 7-1 on the year and match its best start in program history. The contest featured seven tied scores and two lead changes, with Rutgers achieving the largest lead for either side on two occasions (two scores). Then-junior Martinelli led the way with four goals, while then-freshmen Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and Chrissy Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) added two scores apiece. Then-sophomore Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.) tied her career-high with six draw controls in the contest.
The Scarlet Knights next return home on Saturday, March 1 as the squad welcomes Delaware “To the Banks.”
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