PRINCETON, N.J. (February 26, 2014) – In its first road test of the 2014 season, the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (2-1) fell, 11-4, to No. 19/18 Princeton (1-1) Wednesday evening at Sherrerd Field. Sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.), redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.), senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) and sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) all scored for RU.
Barnes finished with a team-high two points on the night, assisting on Clements’ score in addition to netting her own goal. She added two ground balls and a caused turnover.
Junior goalkeeper Candice Dandridge (Cherry Hill, N.J.) tallied team-highs in saves (five) and ground balls (three) in 28:14 minutes of action. Redshirt freshman Amanda Currell (Moorestown, N.J.), the reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, entered the contest with less than two minutes left to play in the first half and notched four saves.
Princeton had the advantage over RU in shots (24-17), draw controls (13-4) and ground balls (15-14).
The Tigers were led by Erin Silfer’s four goals. Erin McMunn and Anya Gersoff also had multi-goal games, finishing with three and two scores, respectively.
Rutgers managed to net the first score of the game, but the Tigers closed out the stanza outscoring the visitors by a 6-0 margin to head into the intermission in front, 7-1. Princeton also outscored the Scarlet Knights, 4-3, in the second half.
The Scarlet Knights established an early 1-0 lead after junior attacker Melissa Arthur (Marlton, N.J.) found Kolodny in front of the net for her third goal in as many games, less than four minutes into the opening frame.
The lead would be short-lived however, as the Tigers netted back-to-back goals by Anya Gersoff and Erin Slifer in the next two minutes. The duo of Erin McMunn and Slifer combined for Princeton’s third score of the game at 20:39 to go in front 3-1.
Slifer notched a hat trick with her third goal of the contest at 18:18 on a free position shot (4-1). Rutgers held the Tigers scoreless for seven minutes, but committed consecutive turnovers and failed to score on a possession before Princeton took a 5-1 advantage on a goal by Alexandra Bruno. McMunn then made it a 6-1 game on an unassisted goal approaching the eight-minute mark
Rutgers had a chance to cut the deficit to four in the fourth minute, as the Tigers were man-down and Clements earned a free position attempt, but Princeton goalie Caroline Franke came up with a save to preserve the 6-1 advantage.
The Tigers added their final goal of the stanza with 1:46 remaining on Slifer’s fourth score.
Princeton opened the second half with a score by Gersoff to get in front 8-1. Sbrilli netted the Scarlet Knights’ second goal of the game at 27:40 to make it an 8-2 game, but Princeton’s McMunn scored at 24:10 to regain the seven-score advantage.
The Tigers added two-straight scores to take an 11-2 advantage, off goals by Anna Doherty and McMunn at 23:42 and 13:15, respectively.
Clements broke a 20-minute scoring drought for Rutgers, finding the back of the net off the dish from Barnes at 7:07 (11-3). Barnes notched an unassisted score with 19 seconds remaining in the contest.
Rutgers returns to action on Saturday, March 1, as the Scarlet Knights host Delaware at 1 p.m.
- With the loss, Rutgers falls to 4-12-1 against Princeton. RU entered tonight’s contest on a two-game win streak over the Tigers.
- The Scarlet Knights went with the starting lineup of Halley Barnes, Lauren Sbrilli, Jenny Vlahos, Sarah Mahon, Chelsea Intrabartola, Katrina Martinelli, Megan Clements, Claire MacDougall, Amanda Trendell, Hollie DiMuro, Taylor Pennell and Candice Dandridge. The lineup marked the third different starting 12 in as many games.
- Kim Kolodny scored her third goal of the season and third in as many games. Through three games, Kolodny has already scored half as many goals as she did in the 2013 season (six).
- Megan Clements scored her third goal of the season at the 7:07 mark of the second half, to bring her team-leading point total to five.
- With Kolodny and Clements’ scores in the contest, the two are now tied with Katrina Martinelli for the team-lead in goals (three).
- Candice Dandridge notched career-highs in both saves (five) and ground balls (three) against the Tigers.
- Freshmen Rachel Engler, Sarah Kramer and Macy Scott saw the first minutes of their collegiate careers against the Tigers. Of the 10 true freshmen on the 2014 roster, only Amanda Turturro had seen game-time in the first two contests of the season. Kramer notched a ground ball, a draw control and a caused turnover, while Engler scooped up a ground ball.
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