PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 11, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (7-6, 1-2 BIG EAST) recorded its first BIG EAST Conference win, as the squad defeated the visiting Marquette Golden Eagles (5-7, 1-2 BIG EAST) by a score of 12-6 Friday evening at the RU Turf Field. For the second-straight game, redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) led Rutgers in scoring with a hat trick.
The Scarlet Knights jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, and preserved the advantage to head into the halftime break in front, 6-3. Rutgers came out of the intermission firing on all cylinders, netting four-straight scores to take a commanding 10-3 advantage. Marquette proceeded to net back-to-back scores to get within five, but the Rutgers’ defense allowed just one Golden Eagle goal in the final eight minutes of play to secure the win.
Kocher recorded a team-high five points (4G, 1A) to lead Rutgers, who had seven total players find the back of the net in the win. Senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) and redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) each finished with two goals.
Additionally, sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and freshman attacker Amanda Turturro (Farmingdale, N.Y.) both finished with two points apiece, tallying a goal and an assist in the win.
Also scoring for Rutgers was sophomore midfielder Chrissy Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) and rookie midfielder Rachel Engler (Perkiomenville, Pa.). Junior attacker Melissa Arthur (Marlton, N.J.), first-year midfielder Kristina Dunphey (Hillsborough, N.J.) and junior midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.) all recorded a point each, assisting on a goal.
Marquette was led by Hayley Baas and Kenzie Brown, who each finished with two goals.
Rutgers, who opened the contest with a 2-0 lead after goals back-to-back goals from Kocher and Schreiber at 27:12 and 25:50, respectively, faced pressure from the Golden Eagles early on, as the visitors cut RU’s advantage to a single score in the 23rd minute.
After Kocher regained a two-point cushion for the hosts at 18:55, again Marquette got within one following an unassisted score by Brown (12:56). Rutgers ripped off two goals from Kocher and Sbrilli over the next four minutes, until a man-up goal for Marquette again made it a two-score game with 6:40 remaining in the opening frame.
That would be the closest the visitors got for the remainder of the contest, however, as Kocher dished to Turturro at 6:12 to account for the final score of the first half. RU proceeded to out-score the visitors by an identical 6-3 margin in the second stanza. Clements accounted for a third of the Scarlet Knights’ goals in the second half, as the senior scored at the 25:23 mark, as well as at 17:29.
Rutgers is back in action on Sunday, April 13, as it welcomes Georgetown to High Point Solutions Stadium at 1 p.m.
- With the win, Rutgers improves to 2-0 all-time against Marquette.
- The Scarlet Knights are now a perfect 4-0 in home games played at the RU Turf Field. Rutgers has played its four other home contests at High Point Solutions Stadium, where the team is 1-3.
- Rutgers went with the starting 12 of Kim Kolodny, Melissa Arthur, Halley Barnes, Sara Kramer, Kristin Kocher, Jenny Vlahos, Chelsea Intrabartola, Claire MacDougall, Hollie DiMuro, Chrissy Schreiber, Taylor Pennell and Candice Dandridge. Through 13 games, RU has used 11 different starting lineups.
- The Scarlet Knights’ 12 goals mark a new season high. Previously, the squad’s best goal total was 11, which it previously recorded against UConn (April 5), Villanova (March 29) and Hofstra (March 26). Rutgers also set a new season-high in points (18), while tying its season-best in assists with six.
- RU out-shot the visitors by a 19-18 margin and also had the edge in ground balls, 11-9. Marquette had the advantage in draw controls, securing 14 to RU’s six. The hosts finished 16-for-18 in clear attempts, while the Golden Eagles were nearly perfect, finishing 10-for-11.
- One game after establishing new career-highs in points and goals against UConn (April 5), Kristin Kocher tied both marks, finishing with five points on four goals and an assist. Kocher was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on April 8 for her career-day against the Huskies.
- Kristin Kocher’s hat trick is her third of the year, tying her with Lauren Sbrilli for the team-lead.
- Lauren Sbrilli’s two goals gave the midfielder her 18th multi-goal game of her career, and her fifth this season.
- Megan Clements' two goals marked the attacker’s 10th multi-goal game of her career, and her fourth this season.
- Kristina Dunphey tallied her first career assist against the Golden Eagles, dishing to Lauren Sbrilli with just one tick remaining in regulation to give RU its 12th and final goal.
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