PISCATAWAY, NJ - Senior Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY) scored five goals and added an assist as Rutgers (3-1) raced out to a 8-3 halftime lead and never looked back, defeating Penn 11-4 on Wednesday at the Rutgers Stadium Complex.
It was RU’s third-consecutive victory, and also marked the fourth-straight time Rutgers had scored at least 10 goals in a game.
Senior Cali Wojdyla (Liverpool, NY) began the scoring five and a half minutes into the contest when she netted a goal off a feed from Anne Marchitello (Medford Lakes, NJ). Just over a minute later, Lyndsey Rising (Malvern, PA) scored off a feed from Bopp at the 23:32 mark..
Leading 2-0, Bopp scored back-to-back goals in a one-minute span, giving RU a 4-0 lead with 19:49 remaining in the first half. Penn answered with its first goal of the game at the 16:02 mark, but senior Cristina Curiale (Summit, NJ) put Rutgers ahead 5-1 with her first tally of the day. Curiale finished the game with two goals.
Lisa Savage (Cortland Manor, NY) scored a free-position goal with 10:34 to play before halftime, and Bopp added two more first-half goals as Rutgers took a commanding 8-3 lead at the break.
Savage opened the scoring in the second half when she scored an unassisted goal and Curiale and Bopp closed out the scoring at the 19:03 and 5:00 mark, respectively.
RU goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL), the reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, made 11 saves, including seven in the second half. Rutgers and UPenn both took 21 shots, and the Scarlet Knights forced 16 turnovers.
Rutgers returns to action on Sunday, March 14, as it hosts Cornell at 1:00 p.m. at the Rutgers Stadium Complex.