PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 25, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (5-4) heads to Hempstead, N.Y., to take on the Pride of Hofstra (5-5) Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. The contest marks RU’s second consecutive game away from “The Banks” and its fourth road game of the season. The Scarlet Knights have played six of their first nine games at home.
Additionally, the game will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on Verizon FiOS1 with Keith Irizarry and Tracy Wiener-Provenz on the broadcast. It will first be available on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Long Island and on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in New Jersey.
Rutgers is coming off a 10-9 victory over Cornell last Saturday March 22, that saw the Scarlet Knights trailing, 4-0, early on in the first half. RU entered the halftime break trailing 7-3, but the offense came out firing on all cylinders in the second half as the squad tallied five goals in the first seven minutes of play. For the half, Rutgers limited the hosts to just two goals, while scoring seven to seal the win.
Redshirt junior Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) led RU with four scores to earn a nod to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, while redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) tied for the team-lead in points (four), netting three goals and assisting on a score.
The Pride enter Wednesday’s contest looking to snap a three-game losing streak dating back to March 15. Most recently, Hofstra fell to Albany, 10-5, on March 22 on the road. The Great Danes jumped out to a 6-1 lead after 32 minutes of play and never looked back to secure the five-score victory.
Sophomore attacker Emily Considine led Hofstra with a pair of goals, while junior goalie Kelsey Gregerson tied her career-high with 12 saves in the game.
Hofstra has five players with at least 10 points this season, led by junior attacker Brittain Altomare with 42 points on 23 goals and 19 assists. She leads the Pride in all three scoring categories this season.
Rutgers and Hofstra will meet for the seventh-straight year in nonconference action and for the 31st time in program history. RU holds a 21-9 advantage in the series and also enters Wednesday’s contest on a three-game winning streak over the Pride.
Last year, Rutgers downed the Pride 13-6 in Piscataway. Hofstra got on the board first, scoring just over two minutes into the game, but RU rattled off three-straight scores to take a 3-1 advantage at 24:58. Hofstra was unable to get closer than two scores (5-3) for the remainder of the contest as Rutgers cruised to a win.
Then-junior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) finished with a career-high six points on a career-best five goals and added an assist to account for more than half of the team’s offense.
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