PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers women's lacrosse team (4-1, 1-0) is ranked No. 17 in the most recent Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll. Rutgers, under the direction of head coach Laura Brand, was unranked in the ILWCA preseason poll, but after a 4-1 start to the season, has earned national recognition. The team's current ranking is the highest since a No. 11 standing during the 2000 regular season, a year in which the team posted an overall record of 7-8 to finish 19th in the season's final poll.
The Scarlet Knights most recently defeated Loyola (Md.), 10-8, on March 11 to post their fourth win of the season, as well as their first conference win. Through five games, four Rutgers players have recorded double-figures in goals, led by senior Katie Batiuk's (Jackson, N.J.) team-leading 12 scores.
In addition, three Scarlet Knights have earned weekly BIG EAST honors. On March 12, freshman Brooke Cantwell (Moorestown, N.J.) was named to the conference's weekly honor roll, marking the third-consecutive week a Rutgers player has earned a weekly BIG EAST honor. Cantwell has scored 13 goals on the season, including two hat tricks in as many games against Princeton on March 7 and Loyola this past Sunday.
Cantwell joined Anne Marchitello (Medford Lakes, N.J.) and Michelle Poole (Hackettstown, N.J.) as the other Scarlet Knights to have received conference honors this season. Marchitello was named the Defender of the Week on Feb. 26, while Poole earned a spot on the March 5 honor roll. Poole was also named the Womenslacrosse.com Division I Player of the Week earlier in the season. The sophomore midfielder scored four goals to help RU notch one of the biggest upsets in school history, an 11-10 overtime win over Cornell.
The Scarlet Knights' will be back in action when they travel to Monmouth University on Wednesday, March 14, for a 4:00 p.m. game.