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Much of the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team’s early success this season has been built upon the play of its upperclassmen. The defense has managed strong numbers because of the chemistry developed by its returning players — while three juniors currently lead the Scarlet Knights in scoring on the offensive side. In matchups against conference opponents, experience begins to play a larger role toward team success.
With goals in two of her last three games, sophomore Jenny Vlahos added a new scoring dynamic to her game. As the only player on the team listed as both a midfielder and defender, her contributions have spanned the length of the field along with the stat sheet. “I’ve just gotten a lot more confident in myself,” Vlahos said. “I’ve become a lot closer with the team. Each game I mesh a lot better with the team both defensively and at attack.”
Sophomore Jenny Vlahos leads the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team with 29 draw controls.
When the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team steps onto the field, it carries at least one advantage, regardless of who its opponent happens to be. The Scarlet Knights (8-2, 1-1) rank first in the nation in scoring defense. As a team, Rutgers is positioned at No. 18 in the current deBeer Media Poll and has won seven of its last eight games. Even with average offensive outputs, the Knights have managed a favorable scoring margin this season.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team split two games this weekend to begin Big East play. The Scarlet Knights (8-2, 1-1) defeated Marquette yesterday, 9-4, after failing to upset No. 7 Notre Dame on Friday in their conference opener. While the Golden Eagles scored early in the second half to bring the game within one, the scoring ended there. Midfielder Kenzie Brown led Marquette with two goals, including one in the first minute of the second period.
Senior attack Annie McGinley scored four goals in the Knights’ weekend games, including a hat trick against Notre Dame.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team defeated Hofstra yesterday 13-6. The Scarlet Knights (6-1) record their fifth straight victory with goals from four different players. Junior attack Megan Clements sealed the game with the final two goals for the Knights, extending Rutgers’ lead to seven with four minutes remaining. Clements paced the Knights with five goals in the game. Clements received a cross-net pass from sophomore attack Annie McGinley midway through the second period for her third goal of the game.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team plays Hofstra today to begin a two-game home stand. The Scarlet Knights (5-1) look to remain undefeated at the RU Stadium Complex this season. For Rutgers, success in regional play has become commonplace. The Knights have started the season with a 5-1 record in three of the last four years. But this season has already offered several obstacles. “We’re in a good position right now.
Freshman midfielder Chrissie Schreiber has scored four goals this season, including two on Saturday against Delaware.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team extended its winning streak to four games Saturday with a 7-4 victory at Delaware. The Scarlet Knights begin the year with a 5-1 record in regional play for the third time in the last four seasons. Four different Knights contributed with several points in the victory. Junior attack Megan Clements and junior midfielder Amanda Trendell led the team with three points apiece. Both players increased their offensive contributions as of late, emerging as recurring goal scorers for the Knights during the current winning streak. Senior goalkeeper Lily Kalata had to make five saves.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse plays at Delaware tomorrow with an established identity. Following the Scarlet Knights’ Feb. 20 loss to Temple, they looked as if some of the problems that plagued the team last season were still embedded. But since that game, the Knights (4-1) have put together a three-game winning streak which includes a victory against a nationally ranked program — a 6-5 victory Wednesday against No. 20 Penn.
Junior midfielder Megan Clements provides Rutgers with another threat for its game against Delaware after scoring on two free possessions the game before.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team has the benefit of playing at home today for its first contest against a nationally ranked opponent. The Scarlet Knights host No. 20 Penn, and hold a 2-0 record this season at the RU Stadium Complex. The Knights (3-1) enter with a two-game winning streak after defeating rival Monmouth on Saturday, 11-8. Although they sport a winning record in the early goings, it has not come easily. Three of their first four games have ended with a difference of three goals or less.
Midfielder Amanda Trendell scored five points Saturday against Monmouth.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team continued its historical dominance over Monmouth on Saturday with an 11-8 victory over the Hawks. The Scarlet Knights (3-1) improved to 11-0 all-time against Monmouth and have put together back-to-back victories following their disappointing 8-7 loss Feb. 20 against Temple. It was a milestone day for head coach Laura Brand-Sias — as she recorded her 100th career victory.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team travels to Monmouth on Saturday attempting to string together consecutive wins for the first time this season. The Scarlet Knights (2-1) lost their only game on the road to Temple on Feb. 20, after they failed to hold onto a two-goal lead. The Owls scored four unanswered goals en route to a second-half comeback, one of the Knights’ only missteps on defense this season. Rutgers has allowed an average of 5.33 goals per game through three contests, good for eighth-best in the nation.
Junior midfielder Katrina Martinelli will become Rutgers’ biggest threat on offense thanks to the injury to Anderson. Martinelli collected nine goals in three games, two more than she had all of last season.
Junior defender Chelsea Intrabartola said her and the rest of Rutgers’ defense benefit from head coach Laura Brand-Sias’ game plan of ball control. The defense will have to play a larger part for RU with the absence of leading scorer Stephanie Anderson, who is sidelined with a knee injury.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team earned its second home victory of the season Saturday by defeating Fairfield, 5-3. The Scarlet Knights delivered the win despite a rainy, low-scoring match. With the victory, Rutgers (2-1) avenged its double-overtime loss last season to the Stags. “Last year they got up on us, and we had to crawl our way back into the game,” said head coach Laura Brand-Sias. “It felt good [today] to be in control for the entire 60 minutes.”
Junior midfielder Katrina Martinelli (17) scored two goals in Saturday’s win at home against the Stags. She leads the Knights with nine goals and 13 points.