VILLANOVA, PA. (March 29, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (6-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) saw its three-game win streak come to an end, as the squad fell to Villanova (5-4, 1-0 BIG EAST), 14-11, Saturday afternoon in the BIG EAST Conference opener for both teams. Senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) and sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.) both recorded hat tricks in the loss, while four total Scarlet Knights tallied two or more goals.
Clements (4G, 1A), led the team in points with five, while Kolodny (3G, 1A) finished right behind with four.
Redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) and sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) added two goals each to also notch multi-goal games for RU. Barnes added an assist to finish with three points on the day.
Villanova had three players finish with three or more goals. Shannon Galvin notched a team-high four points (3G, 1A).
Rutgers out-shot the hosts by a 34-26 margin and also had the advantage in draw controls (15-12). Villanova secured 13 groundballs to RU’s 12.
The first half saw four tied scores and two lead changes early on, until a three-goal spurt by the Wildcats midway through the stanza give the hosts a 7-4 advantage with 2:24 remaining. After entering the half-time break down 7-5, RU was able to even the count at 8-8 with 20:53 to play, but the hosts outscored the Scarlet Knights by a 6-3 margin the rest of the way to capture the victory.
Rutgers started the scoring for both sides, as Clements tallied an unassisted score just 28 seconds after the opening draw to put RU up 1-0 early. Villanova’s Becca Hetrick netted her first of three scores nine minutes later to even the game at 1-1, before Kolodny regained the advantage for Rutgers in the 19th minute.
The Wildcats scored back-to-back goals to take their first lead of the game nearing the midway point of the opening half, until Rutgers’ Kolodny found the back of the net at 11:51 to knot the score once again (3-3).
Both teams traded goals over the next three minutes, until the hosts rattled off three-straight goals to take the largest lead of the half for either side at 7-4 with 2:24 remaining. Barnes added the final score of the half for RU at 1:57 to send the Scarlet Knights into the intermission trailing 7-5.
Villanova opened the second half with a score over two minutes in, but RU ripped off consecutive goals by Clements and Kolodny at 26:59 and 26:35, respectively, the bring the Scarlet Knights within one – the closest they had been since the 8:25 mark of the first half.
Kocher added her second score of the game, and the third consecutive winner for RU, with 20:53 on the clock to even the contest at 8-8. That would be the closest Rutgers got however, as the Wildcats went on to outscore the visitors by a 6-3 margin to seal the win.
Rutgers returns to action on April 5 as the squad opens a three-game homestand against UConn.
- With the loss, Rutgers falls to 5-9 all-time in BIG EAST Conference openers.
- The loss marks RU’s first ever defeat to Villanova in program history. The Scarlet Knights entered the game with a perfect 21-0 record against the Pennsylvania school.
- Rutgers went with the starting 12 of Amanda Currell, Kim Kolodny, Lauren Sbrilli, Kristin Kocher, Jenny Vlahos, Sarah Mahon, Chelsea Intrabartola, Megan Clements, Claire MacDougall, Amanda Trendell, Hollie DiMuro and Taylor Pennell for the second time in its last three contests. It marks just the first time this season that Rutgers had repeated a lineup through 11 games.
- Megan Clements’ four goals gave the senior her first hat trick of the season and her most points (4G, 1A) in a single game in 2014. For her career, Clements has notched three or more goals in a single game on four occasions.
- Megan Clements’ score at 29:32 to open the game marks RU’s quickest score of the season following the opening draw. Before today’s game, Rutgers’ quickest score came against Hofstra (March 26), when Halley Barnes scored 1:59 into the game.
- Megan Clements’ six draw controls established a new career-high. Clements’ previous career-best was five, which she recorded against Syracuse on April 7 last season. The senior is sixth all-time in program history in career draw controls with 82.
- Kim Kolodny notched her fourth multi-goal game of the season and her fifth multi-point game of the season.
- Kim Kolodny’s four points tied her career-high and her three goals were also a career-high.
- Megan Clements and Kim Kolodny each recorded a hat trick against the Wildcats- the second time two Scarlet Knights have scored three or more goals in a single game this season. Rutgers has had a player notch a hat trick six times this season. Lauren Sbrilli leads the squad with three hat tricks on the year, while Kristin Kocher has one. Sbrilli and Kocher both posted a hat trick in RU’s 10-9 win over Cornell on March 22.
- Halley Barnes’ three points were a career-best, while her two goals marked her first multi-goal game of the season. Coming into today’s game, Barnes had managed two multi-point games, netting a goal and adding an assist against both Princeton (Feb. 26) and Penn (March 5).
- Both Amanda Currell and Candice Dandridge saw time in goal for the Scarlet Knights. Currell started the contest for RU, while Dandrige entered the game following the halftime break. Currell finished with 44:53 minutes, while Dandridge logged 15:07.
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