PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 23, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (8-8, 2-4 BIG EAST) looks to stay in the hunt for the final seed to the BIG EAST Tournament, as the squad hosts Temple (6-9, 3-3 BIG EAST) on Senior Day at High Point Solutions Stadium Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. The game marks Rutgers’ final regular season contest of the year. Last week, the Scarlet Knights closed out their road slate last week with two matchups at Cincinnati and Louisville.
Prior to the beginning of Friday’s contest, RU will honor its seven seniors for their contributions to the program: attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.), defender Chelsea Intrabartola (Commack, N.Y.), defender Claire MacDougall (Moorestown, N.J.), defender Sarah Mahon (Spring Lakes, N.J.), attacker Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.), attacker Kelsey Miller (Moorestown, N.J.) and midfielder Amanda Trendell (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.).
Friday’s contest is also RU’s “Blackout” game. The first 100 fans will receive a free blackout t-shirt.
Should Rutgers defeat Temple, and UConn beats Villanova (April 26), there will be a three-way tie between the schools (RU, TU & VU would all have 3-4 league records) for the No. 4 seed. In the event that the three-way tie occurs, Rutgers would clinch the No. 4 seed based on goal differential. Currently, RU is -3 and would guarantee the best differential with a win, while Villanova and Temple are both -7 and would guarantee a negative differential with losses. Louisville and Georgetown have already locked in the top-two seeds at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, while UConn has also secured a spot in the tournament. The Huskies’ seeding will be determined following this weekend’s results.
Rutgers enters Friday’s contest after splitting its final two road matches of the season at Cincinnati (W, 15-6) and No. 18 Louisville (L, 18-6). The Scarlet Knights put on their best offensive performance of the season against the Bearcats on April 17, exploding for a season-high 15 goals in the squad’s largest margin of victory of the season.
Clements became the first Scarlet Knight to record six goals in a game since 2008 and earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after her six score performance against Cincinnati. RU suffered an 18-6 setback to No. 18 Louisville on April 19 in its road finale. The game marked Rutgers’ sixth matchup against a top-20 team this season.
In its last time in action, Temple suffered a 13-6 setback to Georgetown in Washington, D.C., on April 19, which snapped a two-game winning streak for the Owls. The Hoyas formed a 10-3 first half lead that Temple was unable to recover from.
Senior attacker Jaymie Tabor, who leads the Owls in both major offensive categories (34 PTs, 31 Gs), is currently fourth in the league in goals per game (2.38).
Temple has captured BIG EAST wins over Villanova, Cincinnati and Marquette this season, and has losses against UConn, Louisville and Georgetown. A win over Rutgers would increase the Owls’ chance to capture a spot in the tournament, while the final results of the Villanova-UConn game will also impact seeding.
Rutgers looks to snap a two-game losing streak to the Owls on Friday. Temple, which leads the all-time series, 18-6, edged the Scarlet Knights, 8-7, last season on Feb. 20 on the road in nonconference action. The contest marked the third-straight one-point game in the series between the two teams.
Martinelli led RU with three points (2G, 1A) in the loss.
The Scarlet Knights led the hosts 2-0 early on, but the Owls battled back to even the score heading into halftime. Rutgers opened the second half with consecutive goals to regain a two-score advantage, but Temple outscored the visitors, 4-1, the rest of the way to secure the win.
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