NEWARK, DE – Junior Lindsay Rising (Malvern, PA) scored three of Rutgers’ eight second-half goals to lead the Scarlet Knight women’s lacrosse team past Delaware, 12-8, on Saturday afternoon at Rullo Stadium in Newark, DE. The victory improves Rutgers to 2-1 on the season, while Delaware falls to 1-2.
Despite out-shooting Rutgers, 37-32, Delaware could not solve Scarlet Knight goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL). The junior net-minder recorded a career-high 19 saves, surpassing her old mark of 18 against No. 14 Yale on April 9 of last season.
Rutgers opened the game with a quick goal as freshman Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) scored her first of three goals on the day 1:22 into the contest. The Blue Hens rebounded with four-consecutive goals to open up a 4-1 lead on the Scarlet Knights.
Momentum switched back to RU’s side as the Scarlet Knights scored the next three goals to tie the game at 4-4. Sophomore Emily Widrick (Carthage, NY) tallied two goals during the spurt, while Batiuk added the third.
The Blue Hens scored with 1:39 left in the first period to take a 5-4 lead into halftime.
Rutgers opened up the second half with five straight goals to take control of the game for good. Sophomore Kathleen Holley (Pottstown, PA) converted a free position shot for her second goal of the season, while senior Cali Wojdyla (Liverpool, NY) hit the back of the net for Rutgers 10 seconds later for her fifth goal of the year.
Rising tallied a pair of goals in a span of 59 seconds. She scored a free position with 26:30 to go, before putting home a Wojdyla feed with 25:31 remaining in the game. Batiuk capped the run with a free position goal for her third score of the afternoon. The five-goal outburst gave Rutgers a 9-5 advantage midway through the final period.
Delaware rallied with a pair of goals from Becky Zane and Erin Edell to cut the Scarlet Knights’ lead to 9-7.
Rising would not let the Blue Hens pull any closer, scoring her third goal of the day. Freshman Anne Marchitello (Medford Lakes, NJ) took a Cristina Curiale (Summit, NJ) feed, hitting the back of the net to give Rutgers a four-goal cushion with just under 14 minutes remaining.
Delaware’s Jenny Diana recorded her second goal of the game at the 12:17 mark to draw the Blue Hens back within three at 11-8. Marchitello ended a scoreless period lasting more than 10 minutes, with her second goal of the afternoon with 1:42 left. The midfielder placed herself in front of the goal, taking a Batiuk pass and firing it home for her third goal of the season.
Patrice Hughes and Lauren Burtch split time in goal for Delaware. Hughes allowed 10 goals, making 10 saves in 50:54 of action, while Burtch did not record a save, surrendering a pair of goals in 9:06 of action.
Today’s victory is Rutgers’ second-straight over Delaware. It is the first time the Scarlet Knights have recorded consecutive victories in the 15-game series.
Batiuk led the Scarlet Knights with three goals and two assists.
Rutgers returns home to face the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, March 10, at 3 p.m.