PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 12, 2014) – Facing off against a future Big Ten opponent, the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (3-4) fell to No. 11 Penn State (4-3) by a score of 19-7, Wednesday evening at High Point Solutions Stadium. Three Scarlet Knights finished with three points apiece to lead RU on the offensive end.
Junior attacker Melissa Arthur (Marlton, N.J.) and junior midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.) each netted two goals and dished out a helper, while redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) notched two assists and added a score.
Redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) also finished with a multi-point game, scoring a goal and distributing an assist.
Rutgers was the first to score in the contest, as Kocher found the back of the net on a free position attempt at the 27:15 mark. The visitors responded just over two minutes later, on a man-down, unassisted score by Kelly Lechner. PSU went on to rattle off three more goals over the following five minutes to take a 4-1 advantage, until the Scarlet Knights added their second winner on Arthur’s first goal of the game, on the assist by Sbrilli (18:31).
PSU responded with a score 24 seconds later, but sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and Vlahos netted back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to one (5-4) with 15:28 remaining. That would be the closest RU could get however, as the Nittany Lions outscored the hosts by a 6-1 margin before the halftime break to head into the intermission with an 11-5 lead.
Penn State went on to outscore Rutgers in the second half, 8-2.
The Scarlet Knights return home on Saturday, March 15 against James Madison. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.
- With the loss Rutgers falls to 1-14 all-time against the Nittany Lions. The meeting marked the first time in over 15 years that the future Big Ten opponents have met.
- The last matchup between the two teams occurred during the 1998 season at the ECAC Tournament. PSU came out on top, 14-9.
- Penn State is the only future Big Ten opponent RU will face this season. The 2015 campaign marks the inaugural season of the Big Ten women’s lacrosse league which will comprise of Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and RU.
- The Scarlet Knights went with the starting 12 of Kim Kolodny, Halley Barnes, Sara Kramer, Lauren Sbrilli, Kristin Kocher, Sarah Mahon, Chelsea Intrabartola, Claire MacDougall, Amanda Trendell, Chrissy Schreiber, Taylor Pennell and Amanda Currell. RU has used a different starting lineup in each of its seven contests this season.
- PSU had the advantage in shots (27-22) and draw controls (16-12), but the Scarlet Knights recorded 17 ground balls to the visitors’ 13.
- Melissa Arthur and Jenny Vlahos’ three points were new career-highs. Arthur’s previous best was two, which she managed last year at Princeton (March 19), while Vlahos finished with two points earlier this season against Manhattan (Feb. 18).
- Kristin Kocher matched her career-high in points with two (1 G, 1 A). Kocher also accomplished the feat twice during the 2012 season against Cornell (Feb. 25) and Notre Dame (March 30).
- Lauren Sbrilli’s two assists marked a new career-high. The midfielder had previously dished out one helper on four occasions.
- Lauren Sbrilli’s three-point game (2 A, 1 G) is her second multi-point game of the season and the 17th of her career.
- Junior goalkeeper Candice Dandridge entered the contest at the halftime break and picked up three saves.
- All four of RU’s losses on the season have come against nationally ranked opponents: No. 19 Princeton (L, 4-11), No. 15 Penn (L, 3-6) and No. 18 Stony Brook (L, 4-14), in addition to today’s loss.
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