LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 19, 2014) – In its final regular season road contest of the 2014 season, the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (8-8, 2-4 BIG EAST) fell to No. 18/19 Louisville (12-3, 6-0 BIG EAST), 18-6, Saturday afternoon at the U of L Lax Stadium. Redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) and sophomore midfielder Chrissy Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) each scored two goals apiece to lead RU in the loss.
Also scoring for Rutgers were redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) and senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.).
Louisville was led by Faye Brust’s six points (5G, 1A).
The Scarlet Knights got on the board first, as RU took advantage of a man-up opportunity and Kocher scored a free position goal at 25:21. After the Cardinals tied the score in the 23rd minute, Clements found the back of the net to regain the advantage for the visitors two minutes later.
That would be the last lead for Rutgers, as the hosts proceeded to rattle off four-straight scores over the following four minutes to open a 6-2 advantage. Louisville added its seventh goal of the game at 11:20 and its fifth- consecutive winner, until Sbrilli snapped the streak with a score at 9:45 to bring RU within four at 7-3.
Louisville’s Nikki Boltja added her second goal of the half in the eighth minute, while Schreiber converted a free position attempt with 27 seconds left in the stanza to send RU into the halftime break trailing 8-4.
Despite the four-goal deficit, Rutgers managed to out-shoot the hosts by a 15-13 margin in the opening frame.
The Cardinals opened the second half ripping off six goals in the first eight minutes of play to take a 14-4 lead. Sbrilli halted the spurt with an unassisted goal at 19:31, but the Cardinals responded by rattling off two more winners.
Schreiber added her second goal with 10 minutes left to play in the half. Louisville’s Faye Brust and Anna Kopecka added the host’s final two tallies of the game with 5:33 and two seconds left, respectively.
Rutgers concludes the regular season on Friday, April 25, as the squad welcomes Temple to High Point Solutions Stadium at 7 p.m.
- With the loss, Rutgers falls to 2-5 all-time against the Cardinals.
- Louisville had the advantage over Rutgers in shots (34-19), ground balls (17-6) and draw controls (19-7).
- Rutgers’s contest against Louisville marks the Scarlet Knights’ final road test of the regular season. RU went 3-4 away from “The Banks” this season.
- RU’s matchup against No. 18/19 Louisville marks the sixth nationally ranked opponent the Scarlet Knights have faced this season. Five of Rutgers’ first eight opponents on the season were ranked in the top-20 of either the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll and/or the Brine’s Women’s Media Poll.
- Lauren Sbrilli's two goals gave the attacker her seventh multi-goal game of the season, and her 10th-straight contest with at least one point.
- Chrissy Schreiber’s two goals were a season-high and also tied her career-best. The midfielder had previously scored two goals against Cincinnati (April 28, 2013), Delaware (March 9, 2013) and Princeton (March 19, 2013).
- All six of RU’s goals were unassisted, while two came on free position attempts.
- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Amanda Currell started in the cage for RU and logged five saves in 45:49 minutes. Junior goalie Candice Dandridge entered the match in the second half and stopped one shot in 14:11 minutes.
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