BLACKSBURG, VA – Freshman Katie Batiuk’s (Jackson, NJ) five goals were not enough to push Rutgers past Virginia Tech in a 16-7 loss to the Hokies in its BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse opener on Friday night in Blacksburg, VA. The loss evens RU’s overall record to 3-3 on the season and moves its record to 0-1 in the BIG EAST.
The Scarlet Knights mustered just two additional goals, while allowing a season-high 16 in the defeat to the Hokies.
Senior Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY) and junior Lindsay Rising (Malvern, PA) added a goal each for Rutgers.
Tech scored seven of the game’s first eight goals and took a 7-2 halftime lead. Batiuk netted both of Rutgers’ goals in the opening half. RU rallied to pull within two at 8-6 with four consecutive goals after a VT score to open the second half. Batiuk added three more goals and Bopp recorded the other off an assist from senior Cali Wojdyla (Liverpool, NY).
Virginia Tech would not let RU come any closer, responding with four consecutive goals of its own.
Rising took a feed from Cristina Curiale (Summit, NJ) to score the Scarlet Knights’ final goal of the evening.
The Hokies ended the game with four more goals to finish with the 17-6 victory.
Virginia Tech’s Lindsey Welch scored six goals to lead the Hokies. VT won 18 of 25 draw controls including all 10 in the first half.
Junior goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) registered 11 stops for Rutgers, playing the entire game. Her counterpart, Jamie McGraw made 16 saves for Virginia Tech in 60 minutes of action.
Rutgers will be idle for more than a week before its next match against Georgetown in Washington, DC on Sunday, March 28 at 1 p.m.