PISCATAWAY, NJ – The injury-riddled Rutgers women’s lacrosse team closed its 2005 season with a 12-6 loss to No. 20 Penn in a foul-plagued game on Sunday at the Rutgers Stadium Complex in Piscataway." />
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No. 20 Penn Tops Rutgers, 12-6, in Women’s Lacrosse Season Finale
Six Seniors Honored in Ceremony Prior to the Game
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The injury-riddled Rutgers women’s lacrosse team closed its 2005 season with a 12-6 loss to No. 20 Penn in a foul-plagued game on Sunday at the Rutgers Stadium Complex in Piscataway. The Scarlet Knights ended their season 6-10 overall, while Penn moved to 8-7.

    Rutgers has been bitten by the injury bug all season long with multiple season-ending injuries. The Scarlet Knights most recently lost freshman Kate Shomo (Medford Lakes, NJ), who finished the year second on the team in scoring with 25 goals and eight assists. RU has played all season without senior co-captain Lisa Savage (Cortlandt Manor, NY), who was injured during the preseason.

    Penn stormed out of the gates with the game’s first three goals, but Rutgers chipped away at the Quakers’ lead with the game’s next two scores.

    Ten seconds after Penn scored its third goal, Rutgers senior Andrea Leininger (Bridgewater, NJ) won the draw control and raced down field, hitting sophomore Sarah Soden (Monroe, NJ), who fired a laser past Penn’s goalie to get the Scarlet Knights on the board.

    Sophomore Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) extended her goal-scoring streak to 22 games with an unassisted goal at the 13:31 mark of the first half.

    Penn built a 9-3 advantage at the half with six of the final seven goals of the period. Batiuk added the Scarlet Knights’ lone goal during the span. She ended her season with 59 points on 47 goals and 12 assists. She scored at least one goal in all 16 games with multiple scores in 11 contests. Batiuk has accumulated 106 points on 79 goals and 27 assists through her first two seasons with the Scarlet Knights. She ends her sophomore season ranked 14th on the school’s all-time scoring list.

    Rutgers played the Quakers even in the second half, with each team scoring three goals in the period. Penn opened an 11-3 advantage with the first two goals of the final half. Soden added her second goal of the afternoon with 7:55 remaining in the contest.

    After Chrissy Muller of Penn scored her fourth goal of the game to put the Quakers up 12-4, junior Kathleen Holley (Pottstown, PA) converted a free-position opportunity for her 12th goal of the season. Rutgers scored the final goal of the game after Soden found freshman Rachel Bruce (Arnold, MD) for her 10th goal of the season to make it 12-6.

    Penn outshot Rutgers, 26-22, while Rutgers held a 15-12 advantage in ground balls. The game was interrupted by 28 fouls with the Scarlet Knights enduring the brunt of the fouls with 18 whistles going against them.

    Senior co-captain Catherine Seals (Long Valley, NJ) notched her 76th career caused turnover on Sunday to take over sole possession of fourth place on the Rutgers all-time list.

    Penn’s Sarah Waxman made 11 saves for the Quakers. Feldman made 10 saves for Rutgers. She played every minute of the season for the Scarlet Knights between the posts, accumulating 10 or more saves in 11 of RU’s 16 games. Feldman totaled 183 saves this season. She ended her career with 508 stops to become the fifth Scarlet Knight in the program’s history to total at least 500 career saves. She ended her career ranked fourth on the school’s all-time saves list.

    The program honored its six seniors – Genevieve Grossman (Moorestown, NJ), Lindsay Rising (Malvern, PA), Ashley Schauder (Jackson, NJ), Feldman, Leininger and Seals – in a ceremony prior to the game.

    Rutgers faced some of the top competition from around the country this season with nine opponents currently recognized in the IWLCA national rankings, with victories over Yale and Ohio State. With all but one of its top 11 scorers from this season returning next year, 2006 promises to be an exciting year for the young Scarlet Knights. Many individuals are also expected to return from injury for next season and regain their stellar form. While the program was forced to bid a sad farewell to its six seniors who have contributed immensely throughout their careers as a Scarlet Knight, the future of Rutgers women’s lacrosse looks bright.

                               Lacrosse Box Score (Final)
                             2005 Rutgers Women's Lacrosse
                  #20 PENN vs RUTGERS (May 08, 2005 at Piscataway, NJ)
    PENN (8-7) vs.                                    Score by period       1  2  Tot
    RUTGERS (6-10)                                    -------------------------------
    Date: May 08, 2005  Attendance: 200               PENN................  9  3 - 12
    Weather:                                          RUTGERS.............  3  3 -  6
    Allison 1; COCHRAN, Emily 1; MANSON, Rachel 1; JANN, Karen 1.
    ASSISTS: AMBROZY, Allison 1; RYAN, Ali 1.
    RUTGERS SCORING: GOALS: SODEN, Sarah 2; BATIUK, Katie 2; HOLLEY, Kathleen 1;
    BRUCE, Rachel 1.
    ASSISTS: LEININGER, Andrea 1; SODEN, Sarah 1.
    Shots by period       1  2  Tot
    PENN................ 16 10 - 26
    RUTGERS.............  7 15 - 22
    Ground balls by prd   1  2  Tot
    PENN................  8  4 - 12
    RUTGERS.............  3 12 - 15
    Turnovers by prd      1  2  Tot
    PENN................  4  9 - 13
    RUTGERS.............  7  4 - 11
    Clears by period       1     2    Total
    PENN................  5-5   5-5  - 10-10
    RUTGERS.............  6-8   4-5  - 10-13
    Extra-man opps         1     2    Total
    PENN................  0-0   0-0  -  0-0
    RUTGERS.............  0-0   0-0  -  0-0
    Free-position shots    1     2    Total
    PENN................  5-5   1-2  -  6-7
    RUTGERS.............  0-0   1-4  -  1-4
    Saves by period       1  2  Tot
    PENN................  3  8 - 11
    RUTGERS.............  6  4 - 10
    Draw controls by prd  1  2  Tot
    PENN................  8  5 - 13
    RUTGERS.............  5  2 -  7
    PENALTIES - PENN 1/3:00; RUTGERS 2/6:00.
    Officials: Roberta Butler; Joan Wagner; Bridget Rothera.
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