STORRS, CT - Senior attacker Cristina Curiale (Summit, NJ) netted three goals and junior goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) was dominant between the pipes as the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team beat Connecticut, 9-6, Saturday afternoon at Morrone Stadium. The victory marks the Scarlet Knights’ first BIG EAST triumph of the season improving their record to 5-6 overall and 1-3 in league competition.
With the game less than a minute old, Rutgers jumped on the board as Curiale put home a Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) feed for the game’s opening score 31 seconds into the contest.
Connecticut countered with a goal at the 20:33 mark to make it 1-1, but the Scarlet Knights took control of the game soon after, reeling of three straight goals to take a 4-1 advantage. Batiuk converted a free-position shot for her team-leading 24th goal of the season to spark the run. Curiale posted her second goal off a Cali Wojdyla (Liverpool, NY) assist and Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY) capped the run with a score at the 13:29 mark of the opening half.
The Scarlet Knights and Huskies traded goals over the next eight minutes of play, with UConn cutting the margin to 4-2 before Bopp collected her second goal of the game off a Lisa Savage (Cortlandt Manor, NY) feed with 5:57 remaining before the half.
The Huskies scored their fourth goal of the game just before halftime to cut the RU lead to 5-3 at the break.
Curiale pushed the Scarlet Knight lead to 6-3 with her third goal of the contest at the 27:35 mark of the second half. Once again, UConn matched Rutgers with a goal less than a minute later to pull back within two goals at 6-4.
Rutgers put the game away, however, with three-consecutive goals to open up a 9-4 advantage halfway through the second stanza. Savage scored consecutive goals for the Scarlet Knights, connecting on assists from Wojdyla and Lindsay Rising (Malvern, PA). Wojdyla scored the final Rutgers goal at the 14:45 mark, putting home a Batiuk feed.
The Huskies scored the game’s final two goals but could not creep any closer as Rutgers pulled out the 9-6 victory.
Feldman had several key saves for the Scarlet Knights, allowing just six goals while playing all 60 minutes.
The Scarlet Knights will be back in action on Friday, April 16, at Boston College at 7 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, MA.