NEWARK, DE - Behind a hat-trick by sophomore attacker Kate Shomo (Medford Lakes, NJ) and a four-point performance by freshman midfielder Kathryn Lawrence (Pylesville, MD), the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team defeated Delaware, 9-8, for its second-straight win on Saturday afternoon.
The Scarlet Knights struck first as Shomo took a pass from senior midfielder Kathleen Holley (Pennington, NJ) and ripped a shot past Delaware goalie Stephanie McQuade to give RU the 1-0 lead at the 26:11 mark of the first frame. The Blue Hens responded immediately, scoring three unanswered goals on RU freshman goalie Sandra Abel (Monrovia, MD) to push their lead to 3-1.
Shomo scored her final two goals of the day before the end of the first half, and RU found itself down by a 5-4 count heading into the break.
Much like its game against Hofstra, RU stormed out of the break and lit up McQuade for three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Junior midfielder Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) found the back of the net at the 26:12 mark to tie the game at 5-5 and goals by freshmen Lawrence and Michelle Poole (Hackettstown, NJ) gave RU a7-5 lead with just over 20 minutes remaining in the contest.
After Poole’s goal, the Blue Hens managed the net three past Abel in a three-minute span to give Delaware an 8-7 lead with just over 18 minutes left to play. However, Lawrence’s second goal of the afternoon at 3:26 tied the game at 8-8 and her assist to freshman Nina Frankoski’s (Maplewood, NJ) with 1:08 remaining proved to be the difference, as RU came away with the 9-8 road win.
Altogether, Lawrence and her freshmen classmates tallied seven points on five goals and three assists against the Blue Hens. After getting points from just Batiuk in its first game of the season, RU’s offensive support has come from multiple places in its last two road victories. Shomo has tallied five points on five goals and the combination of freshmen Lawrence, Poole, Frankoski and Mallory Tornetta (Kimberton, PA) have produced 12 points on eight goals and four assists in just two games.
Abel was sharp in her third straight game, stopping eight shots against the Blue Hens, including six in a critical second half.
With the 9-8 victory, the Scarlet Knights picked up their second road win of the season and improved their record to 2-1. The loss dropped the Blue Hens to 1-2 on the young season.
The Scarlet Knights will be back in action on Sunday, March 12, when they head to Loyola to take on the No. 14 Greyhounds at 1:00 p.m.