ITHACA, NY – Freshman Kate Shomo (Medford Lakes, NJ) scored five goals in the final five minutes to lead the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team in a furious comeback attempt, but the Scarlet Knights fell one-goal short in a 13-12 loss to No. 17 Cornell Sunday afternoon at Schoellkkopf Field in Ithaca, NY. RU falls to 6-9, while the Big Red improve to 8-6.
Down 13-7 with less than five minutes remaining, Shomo single-handedly pulled the Scarlet Knights within reach of the victory, scoring five of her career-high six goals in the final five minutes of the contest. Rutgers could not muster the tying score however, dropping its second one-goal decision of the season.
Rutgers got on the board first as sophomore Jamie Farewell (Medford Lakes, NJ) put the Scarlet Knights on top with her 10th goal of the season nearly six minutes into the contest.
Cornell captured the lead with a pair of goals to make it 2-1 with 18:46 to play. Just 31 seconds later, junior Kathleen Holley (Pottstown, PA) evened the match at 2-2, scoring on a Shomo feed.
Two more goals by Cornell gave the Big Red a 4-2 advantage with 5:29 remaining in the first half, but Rutgers once again tied it up with a pair of goals. Freshman Rachel Bruce (Arnold, MD) took a Sarah Soden (Monroe, NJ) pass to put home her eighth goal of the season. Sophomore Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) evened it up 1:01 later with her 45th goal of the season.
The Big Red built an 8-4 lead with the final two goals of the first half and the first two goals of the second half. Bruce added her second score of the afternoon, this time off a Farewell assist, to make it 8-5.
Rutgers and Cornell each traded a pair of goals to make it 10-7 with 13:47 to play. Shomo scored her first goal of the contest on a free-position shot and senior Lindsay Rising (Malvern, PA) scored her eighth goal of the season for Rutgers.
Cornell used a three-goal run to open a 13-7 lead with 5:06 to play led by Katherine Simmons’ fifth and sixth goals of the game for the Big Red.
Shomo’s personal five-goal run was almost enough to give Rutgers its first victory against Cornell in the history of the series. The midfielder scored three unassisted goals, also scoring off a pair of Batiuk assists during the run. She opened the run with an unassisted goal at the 4:24 mark, scoring again 10 seconds later. Her final two scores of the contest came within 29 seconds of each other.
Rutgers senior goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) tallied 12 saves. Ashley Blum and Maggie Fava split time in goal for Cornell. Blum played the first half between the posts, making six saves, while allowing four goals. Fava was inserted for the final half making two saves, allowing eight goals.
Cornell outshot Rutgers, 34-30, while Rutgers held a 21-19 advantage in ground balls.
With one goal and two assists on Sunday, Batiuk moved into sole possession of 14th place on the Rutgers all-time scoring list with 104 career points (77 goals, 27 assists) in her 30-game career. She extended her streak to 21-straight games with at least one goal.
With her 12 saves on Sunday, Feldman is just two stops shy of becoming the fifth Scarlet Knight in program history to record 500 career saves.
Rutgers will close out its 2005 season against Penn next Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Rutgers Stadium Complex in Piscataway, NJ.