BALTIMORE, MD – The Rutgers University women’s lacrosse team got four goals from sophomore attacker Kate Shomo (Medford Lakes, NJ); however, it was not enough as the No. 12 Greyhounds of Loyola defeated the Scarlet Knights by a 17-10 count on Sunday afternoon.
The Scarlet Knights and the Greyhounds exchanged goals for the first few minutes of the first half, but Loyola’s Kate McHarg, who scored nine goals and tallied two assists on the afternoon, helped her team take a 10-4 lead and go on a 7-1 scoring run put the Greyhounds up by a comfortable margin.
While McHarg supplied the offense for the 12th-ranked Greyhounds, Shomo, freshman midfielder Michelle Poole (Hackettstown, NJ) and freshman attacker Nina Frankoski (Maplewood, NJ) provided RU with its firepower. All three scored two first half goals to pace Rutgers as it went into the halftime down by a 10-6 score.
Both teams traded two goals apiece to start the second half and with the score at 12-8, McHarg gave Loyola its first set of back-to-back goals in the second frame and the six goal lead with just under 20 minutes remaining in the contest.
Frankoski scored her third goal of the afternoon for RU at the 4:59 mark of the second half to bring the Scarlet Knights within six goals, but the deficit was too much to overcome late in a game against a tough Loyola squad.
Junior midfielder Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) scored two points on the day and extended her goal-scoring streak to 26 games dating back to her freshman season of 2004 with her second half goal. Freshman goalie Sandra Abel (Monrovia, MD), despite taking the loss, registered 12 saves and leads the BIG EAST in saves per game.
In its first BIG EAST Conference contest of the season, RU dropped to 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in the BIG EAST.
The win improved the Greyhounds to 3-2 on the season and a 1-0 mark in their first season as a member of the BIG EAST women’s lacrosse Conference.
The Scarlet Knights closed out their road-trip with a 2-1 record and return to Rutgers to take on the Manhattan Jaspers on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the RU Stadium Complex.