HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (March 26, 2014) –The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (6-4) picked up its third-straight win, holding off Hofstra (5-6), 11-10, Wednesday evening on the road. Eight Scarlet Knights scored in the win, led by redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli’s (Martinsville, N.J.) second hat trick in as many games.
After trailing 2-1 early on, the Scarlet Knights netted three-straight goals to take a 4-2 advantage half-way through the opening half. RU managed to preserve at least a one-score lead, until the Pride scored back-to-back goals midway through the second stanza to even the game at 9-9. Rutgers regained the advantage two minutes later, but again Hofstra battled back to knot the score at 10-10. With 4:29 on the clock however, senior attacker Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) tallied what proved to be the game-winner, while the RU defense held off the Pride’s attack for the remaining minutes of play.
Sbrilli led Rutgers with a team-high four points on three scores and an assist.
Also finishing with a multi-goal game was senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.), who finished with two scores. Sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.) also recorded a multi-point game for RU, scoring a goal and dishing out two assists.
Junior midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.), redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.), sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and sophomore midfielder Chrissy Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) all scored for Rutgers as well. Junior attacker Melissa Arthur (Marlton, N.J.) contributed an assist.
Rutgers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, as Arthur found Barnes at 28:01 for the first score of the game. The Pride responded with back-to-back goals at 22:41 and 19:08 to take a 2-1 lead, but that would be the first and last advantage of the game for the hosts.
The Scarlet Knights went on to score three-straight goals in a four-minute span that stretched from 18:38-14:15 to go in front 4-2. Rutgers entered the intermission leading the hosts, 5-3.
For the second-straight game, Rutgers came out of the break firing, scoring less than a minute in to expand its lead to 6-4. RU maintained at least a two-score advantage, until the Pride cut the deficit to a single goal at 18:52 (8-7). The Scarlet Knights preserved a lead despite multiple rallies by the hosts, until Hofstra knotted the contest at 9-9 following two-straight goals midway through the second half.
Schreiber regained the advantage for Rutgers on a free position score at the 13-minute mark, but Hofstra’s Erika Neumen struck at 9:47 to tie the game at 10-10.
Martinelli netted what proved to be the game-winner at 4:29 on an unassisted score. Rutgers managed to hold the Pride scoreless for the conclusion of the game, highlighted by freshman defender Sara Kramer’s (Mullica Hill, N.J.) caused turnover with 55 seconds remaining to give the Scarlet Knights possession for the final seconds of play.
Rutgers begins BIG EAST Conference play this Saturday, March 29 as the team closes out its three-game road stretch at Villanova.
- With the win, Rutgers improves to 22-9 all-time against the Pride.
- RU’s win over the Pride marks its third-straight victory, dating back to its 8-7 upset of No. 20 James Madison on March 15 at home.
- RU’s three-game win streak is the team’s longest of the season. Last year, the Scarlet Knights rattled off six-straight wins to match the best start in program history at 7-1.
- The Scarlet Knights out-shot the Pride, 29-22, and also edged the hosts in ground balls, 16-12. For the game, Hofstra had the advantage in draw controls, 14-10.
- After starting off the season at 0-2 on the road, RU has now won two-straight road tests.
- Rutgers posted season-high in both shots (29) and goals (11) against the Pride. The squad’s previous high in shots was 26, which it notched in the season-opener against Manhattan (Feb. 18). Rutgers’ previous season-high in goals was 10, which it recorded in its last time out against Cornell (March 22).
- Lauren Sbrilli notched her second-straight hat trick and her third consecutive multi-goal game. The hat trick marks her third of the season and the 10th of her career.
- Lauren Sbrilli’s four points tied her career-high. She had previously recorded four points against Villanova in 2012 and Cornell last Saturday, March 22.
- Megan Clement’s two goals marked the second multi-goal game of the season for the attacker. Clements also scored two goals against JMU on March 15.
- Kim Kolodny’s two assists were a career-high, while her three points matched her career-best. Kolodny previously notched three points against Stony Brook earlier this season on March 8.
- Kristin Kocher’s three draw controls were a career-high. She had previously controlled one draw on five separate occasions.
- Candice Dandridge earned her third career start against the Pride and picked up four saves in 46.32 minutes of work. Amanda Currell earned the win for Rutgers in the cage to improve to 4-3 on the season, tallying three ground balls and two saves in 13:28 minutes after entering the game in the second half.
- Kim Kolodny scooped up three ground balls to tie Amanda Currell for the team-lead and establish a new career-best. Kolodny’s previous career-high was two which she notched earlier this season against Princeton.
- RU went with the starting 12 of Kim Kolodny, Lauren Sbrilli, Kristin Kocher, Jenny Vlahos, Sarah Mahon, Chelsea Intrabartola, Megan Clements, Claire MacDougall, Amanda Trendell, Hollie DiMuro, Taylor Pennell and Candice Dandridge. Rutgers has used a different starting lineup in all 10 games this season.
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