PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 4, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team heads to Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 5 to take on No. 15 Penn for its second road test of the season of the season. RU enters the contest with a 3-1 record, most recently taking down Delaware, 8-7, on Saturday at the RU Turf Field. Rutgers is a perfect 3-0 at home, with its lone loss of the year coming at No. 19 Princeton on Feb. 26.
Against Delaware, 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, sophomore midfielder Chrissy Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) netted the game-winning goal with 23 seconds remaining to give the Scarlet Knights the lead, while the nationally-ranked RU defense held Delaware scoreless in the remaining seconds to secure the win.
Redshirt junior Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) led Rutgers with three goals on five shots and added a ground ball and a draw control in the win, while redshirt freshman goalie Amanda Currell (Moorestown, N.J.) recorded career-highs in saves (13) and groundballs (eight) to earn her second career win. Currell was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday, for the second-straight week, for her efforts against the Blue Hens.
The Quakers enter Wednesday’s contest with a 1-1 record, most recently falling to No. 1 North Carolina, 13-8, on March 2 after opening the season with an 11-8 win over Delaware at home (Feb. 22).
Penn held a lead on four different occasions over the Tar Heels – the first time UNC had trailed in a game all season – and played the hosts even well into the second half before a late run put the game out of reach. Five different players scored for the Quakers, led by senior Tory Bensen who had three to give her eight goals in two games. Lely DeSimone scored twice, while three other Quakers each had one goal.
Penn is led offensively by Bensen’s eight goals, while DeSimone is second on the squad with four scores. Lucy Ferguson protects the goal for the Quakers, having recorded 16 saves through two games.
Rutgers holds the advantage in the all-time series against the Quakers, boasting a 9-5 record. Last year, the Scarlet Knights snapped a three-game losing streak to Penn with a 6-5 home win on March 6.
Attacker Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) led the hosts with three points on two scores and an assist. Martinelli added three ground balls in the victory. Rutgers led 2-1 at the half, until the Quakers opened the second stanza with two-straight scores to take a 3-2 lead. The Scarlet Knights responded with three consecutive goals to establish a lead they would not relinquish. Penn threatened to come back, cutting the deficit to a single score on two separate occasions including in the last 1:03 of regulation, but midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.) would cause a turnover and secure the ground ball with nine seconds left to secure the win.
Rutgers returns home for its first game at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday, March 8 as the squad welcomes Stony Brook “To the Banks” at 3 p.m.
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