PISCATAWAY, NJ – The No. 20 Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (11-3, 3-2 BIG EAST) took a 9-5 conference victory from the Virginia Tech Hokies (3-13, 0-6 BIG EAST) Monday afternoon, thanks to a five-goal outing by junior Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY).
Bopp took control of RU’s offense, scoring RU’s first three goals. Junior Cali Wojdyla (Liverpool, NY) passed the ball in to Bopp from behind the cage with 27:18 to play in the first half. Two minutes later, Bopp received the ball from senior Melissa Mosey (Skaneateles, NY), putting RU ahead, 2-0. Virginia Tech’s Katie Madden scored with 10:07 left in the first half, moving within one of the Knights (2-1). Bopp answered with a free position goal, but the Hokies’ Lindsey Welch scored an unassisted goal less than a minute later. Melissa Mosey scored her only goal of the afternoon when junior Cristina Curiale (Summit, NJ) fed her the ball from the side of the net, giving RU a 4-2 advantage at the half.
Bopp wasted no time, scoring off a Wojdyla pass 39 seconds into the second half. Sophomore Ashley Schauder (Jackson, NJ) made a pass from midfield up to Bopp who blew past her defender to score her fifth goal of the game. With RU up 6-2, Madden scored her second goal of the day for VT on a free-position shot. Wojdyla answered with back-to-back goals in 18 seconds. Her first goal, at 14:28, came when she ran from behind the goal and fired it into the cage. Senior Claire Grooms (Camillus, NY) won the following draw and quickly passed the ball up to a waiting Wojdyla, scoring again at 14:10. The Hokies used goals from Lauren Kenney and Welch to come within three (8-5), but sophomore Lisa Savage (Cortlandt Manor, NY) scored with 22 seconds remaining, giving RU its second conference victory in three days. RU’s three BIG EAST Conference wins are the most by the team since the league was formed in 2001. RU finished 2-4 in conference play in 2001 and 2002.
Sophomore goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) made 10 saves in the cage
for RU, while Carrie Hill and Jamie McGraw split time in goal for Virginia
Tech, combining for 12 saves.
RU will play its final home game of the season Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m., hosting Villanova. RU’s five seniors, Grooms, Melissa Mosey, Kate Slotman (Moorestown, NJ), Kristin Checksfield (Collingswood, NJ) and Jessica Apel (Bridgewater, NJ), will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.
1 2 F
Virginia Tech 2 3 5
Rutgers 4 5 9
2:42 RU Maggie Bopp (Cali Wojdyla) 1-0
4:41 RU Bopp (Melissa Mosey) 2-0
19:53 VT Katie Madden (Hilary Fay) 2-1
22:39 RU Bopp (free position) 3-1
23:19 VT Lindsey Welch 3-2
25:01 RU M. Mosey (Cristina Curiale) 4-2
30:39 RU Bopp (Wojdyla) 5-2
34:33 RU Bopp 6-2
39:10 VT Madden (free position) 6-3
45:32 RU Wojdyla 7-3
45:50 RU Wojdyla 8-3
47.24 VT Lauren Kenney 8-4
56:29 VT Welch 8-5
59:38 RU Lisa Savage 9-5
VT – Carrie Hill (5); Jamie McGraw (7)
RU – Lyndsey Feldman (10)
Shots on Goal:
VT – 22 (2 free position)
RU – 27 (1 free position)
VT – 7
RU – 8
VT – 3
RU – 7
VT – 32
RU – 11