PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team will wrap up its away schedule this weekend as it takes on Boston College Friday, April 16 and the University of New Hampshire on Sunday, April 18. Rutgers will return to the field in hopes of winning its second consecutive BIG EAST contest.
RU (5-6, 1-3 BIG EAST) is fresh off its first BIG EAST win of the season, defeating Connecticut, 9-6, on April 10. Junior goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) was solid in goal, as she had a career-high 26 saves against the Huskies. The Scarlet Knights’ offensive attack is led by freshman midfielder Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) who owns a team-high 35 points on the season (24 G 11 A) and is ranked fourth in scoring on the BIG EAST leader board. Junior Catherine Seals (Long Valley, NJ) has also been recognized by the BIG EAST, ranking third in the conference for caused turnovers with 18.
Boston College (5-7, 0-4 BIG EAST) is coming off a grueling 20-3 loss at the hands of Georgetown, its third-straight loss. The Eagles are led by Courtney Legath’s team-high 28 points (15 G). Susie Breaznell and Carley St. Lucia are also a potent scoring punch for the Eagles, recording 22 and 21 goals respectively. On the defensive end, Jackie Yovankin leads the Eagles’ defense recording 16 caused turnovers and goalie Tara McKennett posts a .408 save percentage.
The game is set for a 7 p.m. start at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium. The Scarlet Knights are 7-1 all-time against Boston College and 3-0 since the formation of the BIG EAST women’s lacrosse conference. Rutgers’ lone lost to the Eagles was in 1995 by a slim margin of 9-7.
This will be the first time in school history that the Scarlet Knights will take on non-conference foe New Hampshire (7-4). The Wildcats are coming off of a 14-11 win against Harvard. They will take on Boston University Saturday prior to their contest with the Scarlet Knights on Sunday, which is set for 1 p.m.
The Wildcats are led offensively by Jess Burnap (38G 6A) and Katie Leland (27G 16A). Cristina Covucci, the America East Conference’ Defensive Player of the Week, has posted 23 caused turnovers and 43 groundballs thus far this season. The Wildcats goalie, Stacey Plati, has played in all11 contests this season and owns a 9.45 goals-against average and a .489 save percentage.
The weekend marks the final two games in the Scarlet Knights’ four-game road swing. RU lost to No. 14 Yale, 10-8, and defeated the Huskies in their first two outings of the stretch.
Following the weekend, Rutgers will return home for its final games of the regular season, hosting Notre Dame Sunday, April 25 at 12 noon and Old Dominion on Tuesday, April 27 at 3 p.m. Both games will be at Yurcak Field.