PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (1-1) picked up its first win of the season this afternoon as the Scarlet Knights topped the Delaware Fighting Blue Hens (1-2), 12-6, on the Rutgers Stadium Complex turf field. The win against Delaware marks the first for head coach Laura Brand and the first time RU has defeated the Blue Hens since the 1999 season." />
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RU Women’s Lax Tops Delaware, 12-6
  • Posted on March 11, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (1-1) picked up its first win of the season this afternoon as the Scarlet Knights topped the Delaware Fighting Blue Hens (1-2), 12-6, on the Rutgers Stadium Complex turf field. The win against Delaware marks the first for head coach Laura Brand and the first time RU has defeated the Blue Hens since the 1999 season.

    Junior Cali Wojdyla (Liverpool, NY) put the Scarlet Knights on the board with an early free position goal, followed by an unassisted goal from the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY). Erin Edell cut the Knights’ lead in half, scoring on a pass from Diana Hall.

    Rutgers took a three-goal lead with back-to-back goals in under 20 seconds. Senior Kristin Checksfield (Collingswood, NJ) hit the back of the net with a feed from junior Jessica Mosey (Skaneateles, NY) to make it 3-1 with 10:41 remaining in the first half. With 10:22 to go, Melissa Mosey (Skaneateles, NY) scored using a Claire Grooms’ (Camillus, NY) pass. Libby Pforr scored her first of three goals of the afternoon for Delaware towards the end of the half, making the score 4-2 in favor of the Knights. Grooms answered with a goal of her own, receiving help from junior Cristina Curiale (Summit, NJ). Senior Jessica Apel (Bridgewater, NJ) closed the RU first-half scoring with a free-position goal with under six minutes to play. The Blue Hens scored two more before the close of the first half, with Pforr scoring one and assisting Megan Hager with another, making the score at the break, 6-4 in favor of the Scarlet Knights.

    RU wasted no time opening the scoring in the second half. Less than two minutes into the half, Bopp scored her second goal of the day, with an assist by Curiale. Rutgers extended its lead to seven goals after two goals by Curiale, and single goals from Jessica Mosey and Grooms. The RU defense held Delaware scoreless until the 15:37 mark when Pforr scored her third goal of the day on a free position shot. Nikki Kucharski scored for UDel, dropping RU’s lead to five, but Melissa Mosey scored the final goal of the afternoon with 9:40 to play, giving Rutgers the 12-6 victory.

    RU was led in scoring by Curiale with two goals and three assists, while the Blue Hens were led by Pforr’s three goals and one assist. In goal for the Scarlet Knights, sophomore Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) made 11 saves, facing 27 shots on goal. Delaware goalkeeper Lauren Burtch made 21 saves of Rutgers 34 shots on goal.

    The Scarlet Knights will wrap up the current home stand against Hofstra on Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m. on the turf field before heading to the Jersey Shore to face Monmouth on Wednesday, March 19.

    SCORING SUMMARY:

    1 2 F
    Delaware 4 2 6
    Rutgers 6 6 12

    7:09 RU Cali Wojdyla (free position) 1-0
    8:02 RU Maggie Bopp 2-0
    8:52 UD Erin Edell (Diane Hall) 2-1
    19:19 RU Kristin Checksfield (Jessica Mosey) 3-1
    19:38 RU Melissa Mosey (Claire Grooms) 4-1
    20:10 UD Libby Pforr 4-2
    22:46 RU Grooms (Cristina Curiale) 5-2
    24:21 RU Jessica Apel (free position) 6-2
    26:46 UD Pforr (Becky Zane) 6-3
    29:27 UD Megan Hager (Pforr) 6-4

    31:10 RU Bopp (Curiale) 7-4
    36:54 RU Curiale (free position) 8-4
    37:35 RU J. Mosey (M. Mosey) 9-4
    42.51 RU Curiale (J. Mosey) 10-4
    43:47 RU Grooms (Curiale) 11-4
    44:23 UD Pforr (free position) 11-5
    48:17 UD Nikki Kucharski 11-6
    50:20 RU M. Mosey 12-6

    Saves: Caused Turnovers:
    UD – Lauren Burtch (21) UD – 18
    RU – Lyndsey Feldman (11) RU - 15

    Draw Controls: Ground Balls:
    UD – 12 UD - 12
    RU – 6 RU - 17

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