PISCATAWAY, NJ – The 20th-ranked Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (10-3, 2-2 BIG EAST) won its fourth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, defeating Boston College (6-6, 1-4 BIG EAST), 11-9, in BIG EAST play on Yurcak Field.
RU took a 2-0 lead early in the first half when junior Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY) and senior Melissa Mosey (Skaneateles, NY) each scored on free-position shots. BC’s Meggie O’Neill brought the Knights within one with an unassisted goal at 19:34, but RU answered with a four-goal run. Junior Cali Wojdyla (Liverpool, NY) scored when Cristina Curiale (Summit, NJ) fed her the ball from the side of the cage, followed by senior Kate Slotman’s (Moorestown, NJ) fast break goal to give the Knights a 4-1 advantage. Curiale again dished the ball, this time to senior Claire Grooms (Camillus, NY), who scored with 15:50 remaining in the first half. Sophomore Lisa Savage (Cortlandt Manor, NY) scored when classmate Andrea Leininger (Bridgewater, NJ) brought the ball up from the opposite end of the field and passed it in to her, making the score 6-1 RU. With just under five minutes to play in the half, Courtney Legath doubled the Eagles’ score with an unassisted goal. RU junior Jessica Mosey (Skaneateles, NY) gave Rutgers a five-goal lead at the half (7-2) when she fired a free-position shot into the cage with 23 seconds remaining.
Slotman opened the second half with a goal, getting help from Melissa Mosey, but the Eagles answered with a three-goal run. Jackie Yovankin scored back-to-back goals for BC, cutting RU’s lead to four (8-4). Carley St. Lucia capped the run for BC with an unassisted goal at 15:07, making the score 8-5 RU. Slotman scored her third goal of the afternoon 12 seconds later, returning Rutgers lead to four, but Susie Breaznell scored a free-position goal for BC in return. After a free-position goal from RU’s Wojdyla, BC’s O’Neill and St. Lucia scored their second goals of the day to bring the Eagles within two (10-8). Slotman netted goal number four on the day, again getting help from Melissa Mosey, giving RU an 11-8 lead, but with 21 seconds left, Breaznell scored to give RU the two-point conference win, 11-9.
Sophomore Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) made 10 saves in the cage for RU, while Tara McKennett made three saves for BC.
Rutgers will host Virginia Tech on Monday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m. in a make-up game from March 1. The final home game of the season for the Knights will be Wednesday, April 23, when the Knights host Villanova at 7 p.m.
1 2 F
BC 2 7 9
Rutgers 7 4 11
6:51 RU Maggie Bopp (free position) 1-0
9:57 RU Melissa Mosey (free position) 2-0
10:26 BC Meggie O’Neill 2-1
12:45 RU Cali Wojdyla (Cristina Curiale) 3-1
13:37 RU Kate Slotman 4-1
14:10 RU Claire Grooms (Curiale) 5-1
16:57 RU Lisa Savage (Andrea Leininger) 6-1
25:06 BC Courtney Legath 6-2
29:37 RU Jessica Mosey (free position) 7-2
37:15 RU Slotman (M. Mosey) 8-2
38:11 BC Jackie Yovankin (Susie Breaznell) 8-3
41:02 BC Yovankin 8-4
44:53 BC Carley St. Lucia 8-5
45:05 RU Slotman 9-5
46:45 BC Breaznell (free position) 9-6
49:19 RU Wojdyla (free position) 10-6
53:13 BC St. Lucia (Breaznell) 10-7
55:39 BC O’Neill (Legath) 10-8
57:15 RU Slotman (M. Mosey) 11-8
59:39 BC Breaznell (O’Neill) 11-9
BC – Tara McKennett (3), Michelle Lawson (0)
RU – Lyndsey Feldman (10)
Shots on Goal:
BC – 25 (5 free position)
RU – 26 (7 free position)