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The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team continues to embrace the underdog role as it prepares for Saturday’s matchup against No. 7 Pennsylvania.Flying under the radar with an 0-2 record, the Scarlet Knights patched together their first complete game one week ago, handing No. 8 Princeton its first loss of the season.Now, with their sights set on the Quakers (1-1), the Knights (1-2) want to play spoiler once more.
To earn its first win of the season Wednesday, the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team needed to hold Princeton’s attack long enough in the sudden victory period for the offense to strike. The defense held firm as sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli netted the game-winner with 4:40 remaining in the second overtime period to cap the Scarlet Knights’ 11-10 upset win against the No. 8 Tigers.
Sophomore Lauren Sbrilli and two other midfielders combined for seven goals in the Knights’ upset of No. 8 Prinecton.
Regulation and two overtime periods were not enough to determine a winner last night, when the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team traveled to No. 8 Princeton. With more than 66 minutes of gameplay gone and sudden victory rules in effect, sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli found the back of the net to lift the Scarlet Knights to an 11-10 victory against the Tigers. The goal was Sbrilli’s second consecutive on the night and third overall.
Sophomore Lauren Sbrilli scored the game-winner.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team hits the road for a three-game stretch today, hoping to leave behind its second-half struggles in Piscataway. Dropping their first two games against Temple and Cornell by one-goal margins, the Scarlet Knights (0-2) want a fresh start at Princeton. “We have to just shrug off the last two games,” said head coach Laura Brand-Sias. “They’re over and done with."
Sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli handles the ball?Saturday against Cornell. Sbrilli scored 13 goals last season.
Junior goalie Lily Kalata scans the field Saturday in the Knights’ matchup with Cornell. Kalata faces a Princeton attack tonight that scored 16 goals in its season opener.
With less than four minutes remaining and the score tied at 7, junior midfielder Stephanie Anderson forced a timely turnover that positioned the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team well against visiting Cornell. But the Scarlet Knights failed in transition, and after back-and-forth play, the pressure fell on the defensive unit to halt a final Cornell attack. The squad could not blank the Big Red in the closing minute as Cornell’s Olivia Knotts fired a goal past junior goalkeeper Lily Kalata with 52 seconds remaining, the final one in an 8-7 Rutgers loss.
Sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli runs downfield Saturday in the Knights’ loss to Cornell. Sbrilli scored two goals.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team welcomes Ivy League foe Cornell for tomorrow’s matchup at the RU Turf Field. The Big Red visit Piscataway with a blank record, but they also do so with a first-team All-Ivy and second-team All-Region attack. Cornell’s heralded senior captain led her squad in goals and points a season ago, and returns as the Big Red’s go-to scorer. But the Scarlet Knights (0-1) also have an All-Big East and All-Region player in senior midfielder Ali Steinberg.
Senior midfielder Ali?Steinberg drives against a Temple defender Wednesday in a season-opening loss. Steinberg had three goals.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team surrendered six straight goals in the second half yesterday, allowing Temple to erase a five-goal deficit. Owls midfielder Stephanie Markunas put the go-ahead goal past junior goalkeeper Lily Kalata with 3:31 left to play, giving them the final edge, 12-11. The Scarlet Knights could not find the late equalizer, as their last offensive possession ended up in the stick of Temple goalie Tess Bishop.
Senior midfielder Ali?Steinberg looks to attack yesterday in the Knights’ 12-11 loss to Temple.?Steinberg scored three goals.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team wants to prove today in its 3 p.m. season opener against Temple that it can be dominant. “Our word for this game is ‘dominate,’” said senior attack Lindsey Watts. “We really just want to go out there, beat [Temple], dominate and execute everything we’ve worked on in practice.” Watts proved to be the difference in last season’s game against the Owls, notching three goals in the Scarlet Knights’ 11-10 win.
Senior attack Lindsey Watts returns as the Knights’ leading scorer after tallying 24 goals last season and finishing fifth on the team in points. Watts and the Knights open their 2012 campaign today at the RU?Turf Field against Temple, a team they beat in three consecutive matchups.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team officially received eight commitments yesterday in head coach Laura Brand-Sias’s 2012 recruiting class. Garnet Valley (Pa.) attack Halley Barnes, who ESPN named the No. 5 attacker in the country, headlines the group, which draws mostly from New Jersey. The class also features New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania natives. “Halley is a natural competitor,” Brand-Sias said. “When the game is on the line, she wants the ball and she gets it done.
Georgetown called a timeout with two minutes remaining and only a one-goal lead yesterday against the Rutgers women's lacrosse team.
Senior defender Mary Moran played her final game with the Scarlet Knights yesterday along with four classmates at Yurcak Field. Rutgers lost, 9-8, in a close game with Georgetown.
The Rutgers women's lacrosse team said from the beginning that this season, like every season, is about getting into the Big East Tournament.