WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Senior Katie Batiuk (Jackson, N.J.) and sophomore Michelle Poole (Hackettstown, N.J.) scored three goals each to push Rutgers to an 11-6 victory at Monmouth in women's lacrosse action on Wednesday.
Sophomore Nina Frankoski (Maplewood, N.J.) had a pair of goals and Meghan Flanagan (Medford, N.J.) tallied four assists to move the Scarlet Knights to a 5-1 ledger on the season.
Rutgers led from the start with Poole scoring eight minutes into the contest. The Hawks answered to tie the contest but could get no closer. The Scarlet Knights erupted for four unanswered scored by four different players to take a commanding 5-1 advantage with 13:55 showing in the first half.
Monmouth closed to three twice in the final eight minutes of the half as a score by Carolyn Raveia pulled the Hawks to 6-3. Rutgers responded with a pair of goals, Poole scored on the first and assisted on the second to teammate Brooke Cantwell. Rutgers led 8-4 at the half, holding a 19-10 shot advantage.
The Hawks got within three (9-6) following a goal by Perry DeWitt. The RU sophomore tandem of Frankoski and Poole closed the contest with a 2-0 run to seal the road win.
With the victory, RU improved to 5-0 over in-state rival Monmouth.
The Scarlet Knights are idle until March 21 when they host Hofstra at 4:00 p.m.
Rutgers 8 3 - 11
Monmouth 4 2 – 6
Rutgers Scoring: GOALS: POOLE, Michelle 3; BATIUK, Katie 3; FRANKOSKI, Nina 2; CANTWELL, Brooke 1; LAWRENCE, Katy 1; TORNETTA, Mallory 1.
ASSISTS: FLANAGAN, Meghan 4; CANTWELL, Brooke 2; POOLE, Michelle 1
Monmouth Scoring: GOALS: RAVEIA, Carolyn 2; DEGEN, Katie 1; DEWITT, Perry 1 NUTTER, Megan 1; POLLOCK, Ali 1.