PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 14, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (3-4) looks to snap a three-game losing streak this Saturday, March 15, as the squad welcomes James Madison (4-2) to High Point Solutions Stadium at 1 p.m. The contest also marks RU’s third-straight home game.
The contest will be streamed live on RVision, presented by AT&T.
Saturday’s meeting marks just the second time in program history that the two teams will meet. In the first and only matchup, Rutgers faced the Dukes in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on May 5, 1999 in Virginia. JMU topped the Scarlet Knights, 11-6, to conclude a 14-3 season for RU that saw a program-best 11-game win streak to close out the regular season. Head coach Laura Brand-Sias was a senior member of the team and registered a goal and an assist in the loss.
The 1999 team is the only squad in program history to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Various members of the ’99 squad and coaching staff will be in attendance on Saturday and will be honored at halftime of the contest, as this season marks the team’s 15th anniversary.
In its last time in action, Rutgers took on its third consecutive ranked opponent in No. 11 Penn State, falling 19-7, on Wednesday afternoon.
After trailing 4-1 early on in the first half, the Scarlet Knights managed to rally back and get within a single score at 5-4 with 15:28 remaining. However, the Nittany Lions outscored the hosts by a 6-1 margin to head into the halftime break with an 11-5 advantage. PSU went on to outscore Rutgers, 8-2, in the second half to close out the win.
Four Scarlet Knights recorded multi-point games, including junior attacker Melissa Arthur (Marlton, N.J.), junior midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.) and redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.), who all finished with three points each. Arthur and Vlahos both contributed two goals and an assist, while Sbrilli assisted on two scored and added a goal of her own.
Sbrilli leads Rutgers on the year with a team-best nine points on a team-leading seven goals.
JMU enters Saturday’s contest after dropping a 14-13 road decision to UConn in double-overtime on March 9. Prior to the loss, the Dukes had won three straight, including back-to-back wins over No. 5 Loyola and No. 9 PSU.
Against UConn, the Huskies were able to win the draw control to open the second overtime period and score 21 seconds into the stanza to secure the win. Five Dukes netted two scores each in the loss.
James Madison is led this season by junior attacker Stephanie Finley who has a team-best 26 points on a team-leading 18 goals. Finley also leads the Dukes in draw controls with 29. In goal, junior Schylar Healy has denied 37 attempts and owns a 4-2 record.
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