PHILADELPHIA (March 5, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (3-2) fell, 6-3, to No. 15 Penn (2-1) Wednesday evening at Franklin Field. Sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and senior attacker Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) each finished with two points to lead the Scarlet Knights.
The Scarlet Knights managed to battle the nationally ranked Quakers to a 2-2 stalemate in the first half, but the hosts outscored RU by a 4-1 margin in the second half. RU was held scoreless for the first 28 minutes of the second half until the squad scored its third goal of the game with 1:25 to play.
Barnes notched a goal and an assist in the game, while Martinelli had a team-high two assists. Also scoring for RU was junior midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.) and senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.).
Redshirt freshman goalie Amanda Currell (Moorestown, N.J.) finished with 10 saves and two assists for RU.
Penn was led by Lindsey Smith, who scored two goals.
Rutgers edged Penn in draw controls (7-4), but the Quakers had the advantage in shots (21-13) and ground balls (22-14).
Vlahos opened the scoring for both sides, just over 10 minutes into the opening half, as Penn goalie Lucy Ferguson was named for a foul, leaving the goal open. Martinelli would take the ball behind the goal and find Vlahos in front for the score to put RU on the board.
Penn tied the game less than 20 seconds later, and then score the go-ahead goal at 14:28.
Martinelli soon played the role of facilitator again, as she dished off to Barnes to even the score at 2-2 just under the 12-minute mark.
Penn regained the lead less than five minutes into the second frame, on an unassisted score by Nina Corcoran. The Quakers extended their lead to two at 18:09
Smith, who scored the fourth goal of the game for the Quakers, added her second winner at 5:48 to put the hosts ahead at 5-2. Penn added its final score with 2:08 remaining off the stick of Catherine Dickinson.
The Scarlet Knights added a final score by Clements with 1:25 to go, off the assist by Barnes.
RU returns home this Saturday against Stony Brook.
- With the loss, RU falls to 9-6 all-time against the Quakers.
- Both of RU’s losses on the season have come on the road and against nationally ranked opponents. The Scarlet Knights suffered their first loss at No. 19 Princeton on Feb. 26.
- Rutgers went with the starting 12 of Amanda Currell, Claire MacDougall, Chelsea Intrabartola, Chrissy Schreiber, Sarah Mahon, Lauren Sbrilli, Jenny Vlahos, Kim Kolodny, Megan Clements, Taylor Pennell, Amanda Trendell and Katrina Martinelli. It marked the fifth different starting lineup for RU in as many games.
- Chrissy Schreiber’s start today was her first of the season.
- Reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Amanda Currell notched her third double-digit save performance of her career.
- Katrina Martinelli’s two assist game marked the second time in her career that she had recorded two or more helpers and the 17th multi-point game of her career as well.
- The last time Katrina Martinelli posted more than one assist was in last year’s season opener against Manhattan (Feb. 20), in which she dished out three helpers.
- Katrina Martinelli now has five assists on the season – tying her for first on the team with Megan Clements.
- Megan Clements’ goal gave her a team-high seven points on the year.
- Halley Barnes’ score in the first half was her fourth of the season.
- Halley Barnes tied her career-best in points with two. She has notched two points nine times in her career.
- Megan Clements and Halley Barnes are now tied for second on the team in goals (four each) behind Lauren Sbrilli who has a team-best five.
- Freshman Kristina Dunphey saw the first action of her collegiate career, and recorded two draw controls and two shots.
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