PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 3, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (6-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) returns to High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday, April 5 as the squad welcomes UConn (6-4, 1-0 BIG EAST) for the team’s first home match under the lights. Opening draw is slated for 7 p.m.
The contest kicks off a three-game homestand for RU, after playing a stretch of three-straight games on the road. Rutgers, which started off the season at 0-2 in road matchups, won two-straight tests away from “The Banks” before dropping its conference-opener at Villanova on March 29. Prior to their loss to the Wildcats, the Scarlet Knights had won three consecutive contests dating back to the team’s 8-7 upset over No. 19 James Madison at HPSS on March 15.
Rutgers invites all youth lacrosse teams to Youth Team Night on April 5, as any youth lacrosse player that wears his or her lacrosse jersey recieves free admission to the match. Free giveaways and in-game promotions for the youth teams in attendance will also be distributed.
Rutgers saw its three-game win streak come to an end on March 29, as the squad dropped a 14-11 decision at Villanova to open the conference portion of its schedule. 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 gave 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.
UConn comes to Piscataway after taking down Temple in its BIG EAST opener on March 29 on the road. UConn received goals from seven players, led by senior midfielder Lauren Kahn, sophomore midfielder Katherine Finkelston and sophomore attacker Carly Palmucci, who each netted three goals.
The Huskies opened the 2014 slate losing four of their first five contests, but since then have won five-straight.
Four Huskies enter Saturday’s contest with 10 or more goals on the year, while six players own double-digit point totals. Kahn leads UConn in multiple statistical categories including; points (38), ground balls (27), caused turnovers (23) and draw controls (32).
Rutgers owns a 13-3 record against the Huskies in the all-time series. Last year, the Scarlet Knights dropped a tight 8-7 decision to UConn at home (April 5). Prior to the loss, RU had won seven-straight against Connecticut, dating back to the 2006 season. Attackers Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) and Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) each scored two goals apiece in the defeat.
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