PISCATAWAY, NJ – Despite hat tricks by senior Emily Widrick (Carthage, NY) and sophomore Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ), the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team lost to No. 19 Delaware, 12-9, on Saturday at the Rutgers Stadium Complex in Piscataway, NJ.
Rutgers got on the board first as Widrick netted her first score of the game, capitalizing on a free-position shot a little more than six minutes into the contest.
Delaware countered with a pair of scores in the next seven minutes to make it 2-1 in favor of the Blue Hens. UD’s Erin Edell converted a free-position opportunity and Laura Miller scored an unassisted goal. Edell led UD with three goals in the contest.
Widrick tied the game at 2-2 nearly two minutes later with an unassisted goal.
Delaware opened its lead on RU with two goals in a span of 10 seconds. Katie Hogan scored an unassisted goal with 12:59 remaining in the first half and UD took advantage of a Rutgers penalty by gaining possession on the ensuing draw control and Katie Muth put it in the net 10 seconds later to give Delaware a 4-2 advantage midway through the first half.
Batiuk brought the Scarlet Knights back within a goal with her first score of the afternoon, but Delaware once again countered with a pair of goals to build a 6-3 advantage.
Rutgers ended the opening half strong as Batiuk and Widrick each scored in the final three minutes, while Delaware scored a free position goal, making it 7-5 in favor of the Blue Hens at the half.
Delaware opened a 10-5 advantage with three-consecutive goals in the first five minutes of the final half. Rutgers then chipped away at the lead, scoring four of the next five goals to pull within two scores at 11-9 with 1:17 remaining in the game.
The Scarlet Knights’ defense held Delaware to just one goal in a span of nearly 23 minutes during the span.
Former Shawnee High School teammates Kate Shomo (Medford Lakes, NJ) and Anne Marchitello (Medford Lakes, NJ) scored back-to-back goals for Rutgers. Shomo, a freshman, took a Batiuk feed in front of the goal and put it home, while Marchitello, a sophomore, scored from close range to make it 10-7. Delaware’s Laura Miller halted Rutgers’ momentum with a free-position goal with 13:49 to play, but RU responded once again with back-to-back goals. Batiuk powered in her third scorer of the afternoon and assisted sophomore Jamie Farewell’s (Medford Lakes, NJ) goal with 1:17 to play, cutting the Delaware lead to 11-9. Farewell also attended Shawnee High School with Marchitello and Shomo.
Rutgers fought hard, but Delaware didn’t relinquish possession. The Blue Hens added a goal with three seconds remaining to register the 12-9 victory.
Play was physical throughout the match, resulting in the issuing nine penalty cards. Rutgers senior co-captain Catherine Seals (Long Valley, NJ) and freshman defender Sarah Williams (Phoenix, MD) were forced out of the game early with injuries and did not return.
Delaware held a 27-23 advantage in shots, while Rutgers recorded 14 ground balls to Delaware’s nine. Rutgers senior goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) finished with nine saves, while her counterpart, Patrice Hughes of Delaware made saves.
Rutgers returns to action Tuesday, traveling to Philadelphia, PA, to face Penn at 6 p.m. in the first road contest of the season.