PISCATAWAY, NJ – Behind four goals apiece by All-American Kristen Kjellman and Sarah Albrecht, the No. 1 Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Rutgers University women’s lacrosse team, 18-3, on Sunday in front of 400 fans at the RU Stadium Complex.
The defending national champion Northwestern opened the game with a flurry of shots and continued their attack throughout the contest. RU freshman goalie Sandra Abel (Monrovia, MD), playing in her first intercollegiate game, faced 24 first half shots, and came up with 11 saves.
Kjellman scored all four of her goals in the first half and the Wildcats went into the break with an 11-0 lead.
Despite the score, the Scarlet Knights responded in the second half and played inspired lacrosse. They out-shot Northwestern 12-11 in the second frame and picked up more groundballs (12) than the Wildcats did for the contest (10).
With her team down by a large margin, 2005 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) provided an offensive boost by scoring three of the contests final four goals. Batiuk picked up where she left off a year ago when she was the Scarlet Knights’ top-scorer. The junior has now scored at least one goal in 23 consecutive games dating back to the 2004 season.
With the loss, the Scarlet Knights fell to 0-1 on the young season. The win improved the Wildcats to 3-0 on the season. After going 21-0 en route to its title-winning season a year ago, the Wildcats have now won 24 consecutive games.
Rutgers will look to rebound on Wednesday, when it travels to Hempstead, NY to take on No. 16 Hofstra at 4:00 p.m. at James M. Shuart Stadium. Hofstra most recently dropped a 16-9 decision to Northwestern on Friday, Feb. 24.