PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 1, 2014) – Sophomore midfielder Chrissy Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal with 23 seconds remaining in regulation to lead the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (3-1) to a thrilling 8-7 win over Delaware (1-3) Saturday afternoon at the RU Turf Field. Redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) was the leading goal-scorer for RU, recording three scores on five shots.
The Scarlet Knights led the Blue Hens 7-5 with over eight minutes remaining in the contest, but the visitors managed to score in the seventh minute of play and again with just over 60 seconds left to tie the score. Following a Rutgers timeout, Schreiber would net the game-winning goal with 23 seconds remaining to give the hosts the lead, while the nationally-ranked RU defense held Delaware scoreless for the remaining seconds to secure the win.
Sbrilli led Rutgers with three goals on five shots and added a ground ball and a draw control. Also scoring for the Scarlet Knights, in addition to Sbrilli and Schreiber, were redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.), freshman midfielder Rachel Engler (Perkiomenville, Pa.), sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and freshman midfielder Amanda Turturro (Farmingdale, N.Y.).
Redshirt freshman Amanda Currell (Moorestown, N.J.) continued her impressive play in goal, recording 13 saves and a team-high eight groundballs to earn her second career win.
Senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) notched an assist in the game and also tied for the team-lead in draw controls with two, while sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.) also controlled two draws. Senior attacker Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) added an assist, two ground balls and a draw control in the win.
Delaware was led by Caitlin McCartney’s three goals on seven shots.
The Blue Hens out-shot Rutgers by a 26-14 margin, but RU had the advantage on ground balls (15-13). Delaware also edged the hosts in draw controls, 9-8.
Rutgers struck first in the contest, as Sbrilli scored an unassisted winner at 28:09. The Blue Hens responded with two-straight scores over the next 10 minutes of play, both by McCartney, to take a 2-1 advantage. Delaware added to its lead with a goal by Shannon Hawley (3-1) with 2:46 remaining, but Sbrilli would net back-to-back goals at 2:23 and 1:32 to even the game at 3-3.
The visitors added a final score in the half with 13 seconds remaining on an unassisted goal by McCartney to take a 4-3 lead into the intermission.
RU came out of the break firing on all cylinders, as the squad netted three-straight goals over the first nine minutes of play. Kocher and Turturro scored their first goals of the season at 27:08 and 25:51, respectively, while Barnes added her third score of the season at 11:28 to put RU ahead, 6-4.
A free position goal by Chelsea Fay brought the Blue Hens within on under the 10-minute mark, but Engler’s first career goal off the dish from Martinelli regained the two-point cushion (7-5) for RU at 8:35.
The Blue Hens battled back with two scores by Casey Lyons (7:22) and Kara Dattellas (1:09) to even the contest at 7-7, until Schreiber netted the unassisted game-winner with 23 ticks left on the clock.
Rutgers is back in action on Wednesday, March 5 at UPenn. Gametime is slated for 6 p.m.
- With the win, Rutgers improves to 11-13 all-time against the Blue Hens. RU has now won five-straight over Delaware dating back to the 2009 campaign.
- Rutgers went with the starting 12 of Kim Kolodny, Lauren Sbrilli, Kristin Kocher, Jenny Vlahos, Sarah Mahon, Chelsea Intrabartola, Katrina Martinelli, Megan Clements, Claire MacDougall, Hollie DiMuro, Taylor Pennell and Amanda Currell. It was the fourth different starting lineup for RU in as many games.
- Lauren Sbrilli recorded her 14th multi-goal game of her career, and the eighth hat trick (three or more goals) of her career. The last time Sbrilli scored three or more goals occurred on April 20, 2012 against Loyola. Sbrilli sat out the 2013 campaign due to injury.
- The last Scarlet Knight to record a hat trick was Katrina Martinelli on April 19, 2013 against No. 8 Georgetown (L, 5-13).
- Amanda Currell’s 13 saves and eight ground balls marked new career-highs for the redshirt freshman. The last time a Scarlet Knight stopped 13 attempts was April 1, 2012, when Lily Kalata recorded 13 saves against UConn. Additionally, her eight ground balls were the most for a Scarlet Knights since the 2007 season, when Jessica Davis picked up nine at Northwestern (April, 23, 2007).
- The victory marked head coach Laura Brand-Sias’ 109th in her career, and her 99th at Rutgers. Brand-Sias secured her 100th career win last season and is one victory away from 100 wins “On the Banks.”
- Freshmen Rachel Engler and Amanda Turturro recorded their first collegiate goals against the Blue Hens with one apiece. Turturro notched her first collegiate assist against Manhattan on Feb. 18.
- Kristin Kocher earned her first career start and scored her first goal since the 2012 campaign. A redshirt sophomore, Kocher redshirted the 2013 season.
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