PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 25, 2014) – Sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.) scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals to lead the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (9-8, 3-4 BIG EAST) to a thrilling 11-10 win over Temple (6-10, 3-4 BIG EAST) Friday evening at High Point Solutions Stadium on Senior Day. The contest also marked RU’s final regular season game, as the Scarlet Knights await the final result of tomorrow’s UConn-Villanova game to determine BIG EAST Tournament seeding.
Five total Scarlet Knights scored in the win, led by redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli’s (Martinsville, N.J.) career-high six points (4G, 2A). Senior attacker Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) and junior midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.) netted two goals apiece to join Kolodny in recording multi-goal games. Martinelli added an assist to total three points.
Senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) finished with two points on an assist and a goal.
Despite jumping out to an early 3-0 lead, the Scarlet Knights had to battle through six tied scores to edge the Owls and stay in the hunt for the final spot to the BIG EAST Conference Tournament. Should Villanova fall to UConn tomorrow in Storrs, Conn., the Scarlet Knights will claim the No. 4 seed by virtue of goal differential. If the Wildcats defeat the Huskies, however, Rutgers will be eliminated.
Temple was led by Jaymie Tabor’s five points (3A, 2G). Morgan Glassford finished with a team-high four goals in the loss for the Owls.
Rutgers edged the visitors in shots (22-21) and draw controls (13-10), while the Owls had the advantage in ground balls (18-16),
Rutgers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, as Martinelli, Sbrilli and Clements each tallied a score in the opening 10 minutes to give the hosts the early advantage. Temple soon surged to life, scoring its first goal on a free position attempt by Nicole Tiernan at 17:08.
The Owls added two more scores in the next four minutes to even the game at 3-3 just over halfway through the frame.
Sbrilli proceeded to net back-to-back goals in the 12th minute to regain a two-point lead for the Scarlet Knights. Again the visitors responded, as Glassford netted two goals herself tie the game (5-5) with 2:40 left to play.
Martinelli added her second goal and the last score of the half for either team with 1:12 on the clock to send RU into the intermission in front by one.
The Scarlet Knights extended their lead to two (7-5) following a goal by Vlahos at 24:29 in the second stanza. Temple responded with three-straight scores to hand Rutgers its first deficit of the contest at 8-7 (16:06).
Both teams traded goals over the following nine minutes, until Kolodny netted back-to-back winners. The attacker first scored on the feed from Clements to tie the score at 10-all, and added the game-winner on a dish from Sbrilli with 2:39 left to play.
Rutgers won the final draw of the contest and maintained possession until time expired to secure the victory.
The BIG EAST Conference Tournament will take place on the campus of Georgetown from May 1-3. Louisville has already clinched the No.1 seed, while Georgetown is No. 2. Tomorrow’s 1 p.m. contest between UConn and Villanova will determine the remaining seeds.
- With the win, Rutgers snaps a two-game losing streak to the Owls and improves to 7-18 all-time against the Philadelphia school.
- The contest marks the fourth-straight one-point game in the series between Rutgers and Temple.
- Prior to the contest, Rutgers honored its seven seniors who played in their final home game “On the Banks:” Megan Clements, Chelsea Intrabartola, Claire MacDougall, Sarah Mahon, Katrina Martinelli, Kelsey Miller and Amanda Trendell.
- Lauren Sbrilli finished with a career-high six points on four goals and two points. The four goals gave the midfielder her fifth hat trick of the season and the 12th of her career.
- Sara Kramer scooped up three ground balls against the Owls to tie her career-best, which she had previously done on two other occasions.
- Rutgers’ 10 goals marks the eighth time this season the Scarlet Knights have finished with double-digit scores. RU has notched double-digit scores in seven of its last eight contests.
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