PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University women’s lacrosse team opened the eyes of many around the country this past weekend with a last-minute 7-6 upset of sixth-ranked Notre Dame Sunday. The Scarlet Knights, who have dropped several one-goal decisions to nationally ranked foes, pulled out the hard-fought victory on Sunday and their efforts were recognized in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Poll released on Monday, April 26. RU received votes in the poll, which ranks the top-20 teams in the nation on a weekly basis.
Monday marked the second time this season Rutgers was recognized by the organization. The Scarlet Knights also received votes in the March 8 poll following a pair of convincing road victories at Hofstra (12-7) and Delaware (12-8).
Senior Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY) was also recognized by the online publication womenslacrosse.com. Bopp was named an Honorable Mention Division I National Player of the Week by the publication. The senior scored two goals in the final 1:09 to lift Rutgers to the exciting victory over Notre Dame on Sunday. She converted a free-position shot with 1:09 remaining to tie the contest at 6-6 and, with 20 seconds remaining on the clock, Bopp put home the game-winner.
Bopp held true to her billing, following the Notre Dame contest with a pair of goals in Rutgers’ season finale against Old Dominion on Tuesday. She finished the year second on the team in scoring with 29 points on 28 goals and one assist. Bopp was also named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for her late-game heroics against Notre Dame. The womenslacrosse.com award is the third weekly accolade of her career as she was also tabbed the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on March 10, 2003.
Ashley Dodson of Virginia was named the womenslacrosse.com Division I Player of the Week, while Bopp joined Princeton’s Lindsey Biles, Delaware’s Jenny Diana and Ohio’s Melissa Menna as honorable mention selections.
Rutgers finished its season 7-8 overall with a 3-3 record in BIG EAST competition and currently sits fourth in the seven-team league standings with one conference game remaining on the schedule.