PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team saw its three-game winning streak come to end on Sunday with an 8-6 loss to Cornell at the Rutgers Stadium Complex. With the loss, the Scarlet Knights fall to 3-2 for the season heading into their spring break trip to Orlando, Fl.
Cornell scored the first two goals to open the game but Rutgers stormed back with a pair of goals to knot the match at 2-2 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. The freshman midfielder duo of Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) and Anne Marchitello (Medford Lakes, NJ) led the Rutgers attack. Batiuk converted a free-position shot with 17:13 left in the opening period and fed Marchitello for the tying score just over seven minutes later.
Cornell scored four of the next five goals to regain the advantage, pushing the score to 6-3 in favor of the Big Red with five minutes gone by in the second half. Junior Lisa Savage (Cortlandt Manor, NY) netted the lone Scarlet Knight goal during the span.
Rutgers refused to surrender, collecting the next two goals to cut the lead to one at 6-5 with 17:26 left in the contest. Batiuk scored her second free position goal of the game, while sophomore Emily Widrick (Carthage, NY) added an unassisted score for the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers and Cornell traded goals over the next six minutes to make it 7-6 in favor of Cornell heading into the final 10 minutes. The Marchitello-Batiuk combo worked for RU again with Batiuk setting up Marchitello for her second goal of the contest.
Cornell built a two-goal cushion (8-6) with a score at the 7:28 mark and held off a hard-charging Rutgers squad over the final minutes of the game to earn the victory.
RU goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) recorded 11 saves, while her counterpart from Cornell, Maggie Fava, made 10 stops. Cornell held a 22-19 advantage in shots.
Cornell scored six of its eight goals on free position shots.
Rutgers will open its BIG EAST slate on Friday, March 19, against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, at 7 p.m.