PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 15, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (4-4) earned its first-ever win at High Point Solutions Stadium and its first victory over a ranked foe this season, as the Scarlet Knights downed No. 20 James Madison (4-3), 8-7, Saturday afternoon. After battling back to tie the score on multiple occasions in the first half, the Scarlet Knights took their first lead of the game early on in the second half and fended off multiple comeback attempts by the Dukes to capture the win.
Five Scarlet Knights recorded multi-point games, while senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.), sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) each contributed two goals apiece.
Also scoring for RU was redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) and sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.). Kocher added an assist in the win and sophomore midfielder Chrissy Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) assisted on two scores as well.
JMU was led by Ali Curwin’s three goals. Angel Betsy also had a multi-goal game for the Dukes, finishing with two.
Overall, RU outshot JMU, 21-19, and also had the advantage in ground balls (25-21). James Madison edged the hosts in draw controls, 9-8.
Down 2-0 after JMU scored in both the 26th and 21st minutes of play, Barnes put the Scarlet Knights on the board with a man-up goal, assisted by Kocher, at the 20:03 mark. The Dukes regained a two-score advantage in the 14th minutes, but back-to-back goals by Sbrilli and Kocher at 13:42 and 10:11, respectively, knotted the score at 3-all.
Both teams exchanged goals over the following five minutes, and the visitors seemed to be heading into the halftime break with a 5-4 advantage, until Clements scored her first goal of the game with eight ticks remaining on the clock off the dish from Schreiber to even the game at 5-5.
Rutgers started the scoring in the second half, as Kolody netted a free position shot at 23:49 to give the hosts their first lead of the game (6-5). Again the visitors battled back, knotting the game at 6-6 on a score by Curwin. James Madison was unable to regain the lead for the conclusion of the contest however, after the tandem of Clements and Sbrilli scored consecutive goals within 30 seconds of each other to put Rutgers in front by two.
James Madison added a final tally with 4:36 remaining, but Rutgers managed to keep the Dukes scoreless for the remainder of the contest, highlighted by a crucial save by redshirt freshman goalkeeper Amanda Currell (Moorestown, N.J.) with 1:54 remaining. Rutgers regained possession with just over one minute to play and ran out the clock following a timeout to secure the victory.
RU returns to action on Saturday, March 22 at Cornell.
- The Scarlet Knights earned their first-ever win in program history at High Point Solutions Stadium. The 2014 campaign marks the inaugural season for Rutgers women’s lacrosse at HPSS. RU previously played all home games at both the RU Turf Field and Yurcak Field. Rutgers entered today’s contest with a 3-2 mark “On the Banks”, and had dropped both games it had played at HPSS.
- With the win, head coach Laura Brand-Sias earned her 100th career victory “On the Banks.” Last year, Brand-Sias earned her 100th career win between both Rutgers and Fairfield, where she coached for one year prior to coming to Piscataway.
- With the win, Rutgers evens the all-time series against the Dukes at 1-1. The teams had met just one other time during the 1999 season in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
- The Rutgers 1999 NCAA Tournament Team was honored during half-time of today’s contest. 16 former players, including Brand-Sias, as well as two members of the ’99 coaching staff were in attendance.
- Rutgers’ victory over the Dukes marks the first win by the Scarlet Knights over a ranked opponent this season. JMU entered today’s contest ranked No. 20 in the latest Brine Women’s Media Poll. RU is now 1-4 against top-20 opponents this season.
- RU’s last win over a ranked opponent occurred last season on March 6 over No. 20 Penn (W, 6-5) in Piscataway.
- Today’s contest marked Rutgers' fourth-straight contest against a ranked opponent and its fifth of its first eight games.
- Rutgers held the Dukes to a season-low seven goals. JMU entered today’s contest averaging 11.67 goals per game. James Madison’s previous season-low in goals was eight.
- Rutgers went with the starting 12 of Kim Kolodny, Sara Kramer, Lauren Sbrilli, Kristin Kocher, Jenny Vlahos, Sarah Mahon, Chelsea Intrabartola, Claire MacDougall, Amanda Trendell, Chrissy Schreiber, Taylor Pennell and Amanda Currell. It marks the eighth different starting lineup of RU in as many games.
- Amanda Currell picked up 11 saves for her fourth double-digit save performance of the season to improve to 3-3 on the year. She now has 65 total stops through eight games.
- Kim Kolodny tied her career-high in goals with two. She has already posted two goals in a game twice this season against both Fairfield (Feb. 20) and Stony Brook (March 8).
- Kolodny now has seven total goals on the season, surpassing her 2013 season goal total of six.
- Lauren Sbrilli, who leads RU in both points (11) and goals (nine) notched the 15th multi-goal game of her career against the Dukes. This season, Sbrilli has recorded three multi-point games and now has 18 multi-point games in her career.
- Megan Clements’ two goals earned the senior her first multi-goal game and her third multi-point game of the season. Through her career, she has recorded seven multi-goal games and 13 multi-point games.
- Kristin Kocher and Claire MacDougall tied for the team-high in ground balls with three each, while Chrissy Schreiber finished second on the squad with two. Kocher’s three ground balls were a career-high, while MacDougall and Schreiber tied their career-best.
- The win snapped a three-game losing streak for RU, dating back to its last victory over Delaware on March 1.
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