PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team dropped its fifth game by two goals or less this season, falling to Old Dominion, 9-8 , in its season finale on Tuesday at Yurcak Field." />
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RU Women’s Lacrosse Drops 9-8 Decision to ODU in Season Finale
  • Posted on April 27, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team dropped its fifth game by two goals or less this season, falling to Old Dominion, 9-8 , in its season finale on Tuesday at Yurcak Field. With the loss, the Scarlet Knights finish the season 7-8.

    Rutgers held a 7-5 halftime advantage and surged out to an 8-5 lead early in the second half. However, the Scarlet Knights could not hold off ODU attacker Suzanne Wosczyna, who scored seven of ODU’s nine goals, including the game-winner with 1:19 to play, lifting the Lady Monarchs to the victory.

    Wosczyna, who entered Tuesday ranked sixth nationally in scoring, registered ODU’s first goal of the game nearly eight minutes into the contest to put the Lady Monarchs up, 1-0.

    Junior Lisa Savage (Cortlandt Manor, NY) scored two quick goals for RU in a span of 2:09 to put the Scarlet Knights on top, 2-1, with about 20 minutes remaining in the first period.

    ODU struck back with three goals in a span of 1:37, including two by Wosczyna, to give the Lady Monarchs a 4-2 advantage.

    The RU tandem of senior Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY) and freshman Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) put Rutgers back on top, 7-4, scoring the Scarlet Knights’ next five goals. Batiuk sparked the run with a free-position goal at the 12:32 mark of the half and Bopp followed with her 27th and 28th goals of the season off assists from Savage and senior Cristina Curiale (Summit, NJ). Batiuk capped the spurt with an unassisted tally before putting home a feed from junior Andrea Leininger (Bridgewater, NJ) for her team-best 32nd goal of the season.

    ODU chipped into the Scarlet Knights’ lead with seven seconds left in the opening half as Wosczyna added her fourth tally.

    Freshman Jamie Farewell (Medford Lakes, NJ) extended the Rutgers lead back to three goals at 8-5 with a free-position score nearly three minutes into the second half.

    Rutgers would not produce another goal after that, however. More than 10 minutes elapsed without a goal before Wosczyna converted a free-position shot, cutting the RU lead to 8-6. Wosczyna put an end to another 10-minute period of scoreless action with her sixth goal of the game with 5:48 remaining. ODU tied it up 1:36 later and Wosczyna put home the game-winner with 1:19 to play.

    Junior Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) registered six saves in goal for Rutgers, while her counterpart, Michelle Gannon, made four stops for ODU.

    Batiuk led Rutgers with three goals on the afternoon, extending her goal-scoring streak to six games. She finished the season with at least one goal in 13 of Rutgers’ 15 games and multiple scores in 11 contests.

    RU previously dropped close decisions to Northwestern (14-13), Cornell (8-6), Yale (10-8) and New Hampshire (9-8).

    The game signaled the end of the Scarlet Knight careers for RU’s three seniors – Bopp, Curiale and Cali Wojdyla (Liverpool, NY). All three contributed immensely to the program during their tenure with the Scarlet Knights. Despite its 7-8 finish, Rutgers finished with a school-record three victories in BIG EAST competition for the second-consecutive season, including an upset of sixth-ranked Notre Dame. With a healthy core of the roster returning and brand new facilities at their disposal, the future looks bright for the Scarlet Knights.

                               Lacrosse Box Score (Final)
                    ODU vs Rutgers (Apr 27, 2004 at Piscataway, NJ)
    ODU (5-11) vs.                                    Score by period       1  2  Tot
    Rutgers (7-8)                                     -------------------------------
    Date: Apr 27, 2004  Attendance: 250               ODU.................  5  4 -  9
    Weather:                                          Rutgers.............  7  1 -  8
    ODU SCORING: GOALS: Wosczyna, Suzanne 7; Jacobs, Caroline 1; Stanwick, Ashley 1.
    ASSISTS: Rodriguez, Janine 1.
    Rutgers SCORING: GOALS: BATIUK, Katie 3; SAVAGE, Lisa 2; BOPP, Maggie 2;
    FAREWELL, Jamie 1.
    ASSISTS: BATIUK, Katie 1; CURIALE, Cristina 1; LEININGER, Andrea 1; SAVAGE, Lisa
    1; WOJDYLA, Cali 1.
    Shots by period       1  2  Tot
    ODU.................  9 10 - 19
    Rutgers............. 13  6 - 19
    Ground balls by prd   1  2  Tot
    ODU.................  8 10 - 18
    Rutgers.............  8  5 - 13
    Turnovers by prd      1  2  Tot
    ODU.................  5  5 - 10
    Rutgers.............  7  6 - 13
    Extra-man opps         1     2    Total
    ODU.................  0-0   0-0  -  0-0
    Rutgers.............  0-0   0-0  -  0-0
    Free-position shots    1     2    Total
    ODU.................  1-2   1-3  -  2-5
    Rutgers.............  1-2   1-3  -  2-5
    Saves by period       1  2  Tot
    ODU.................  2  2 -  4
    Rutgers.............  3  3 -  6
    Draw controls by prd  1  2  Tot
    ODU.................  3  5 -  8
    Rutgers.............  9  1 - 10
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