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The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team travels to Philadelphia today to face Temple for its first road test of the season. The game is an examination for the Scarlet Knights, one they must pass to put questions surrounding the team to rest. Not only are the Owls a more formidable team than the Knights’ last opponent, Manhattan, they defeated Rutgers in its’ 2012 home opener, 12-11. The Knights dropped three of four games to start last season, putting themselves in a difficult hole early.
Junior attack Katrina Martinelli looks to provide offense for Rutgers in its first game on the road. She scored five goals and three assists in the season opener on Feb. 10 against Manhattan.
Junior midfielder Stephanie Anderson scored five goals in Feb. 10’s season opener. Anderson was Rutgers’ leading goal scorer last year with 41.
In its’ home opener against Manhattan, the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team did not need to wait long for its first goal. Junior Katrina Martinelli found the back of the net less than seven minutes into the contest, her first of five goals in the 15-5 win. For Martinelli, the performance was not only a solid start to a new season, but it represented the first time taking the field at the attack position for the Scarlet Knights. “I’ve never played attack before, so starting there felt really good. It was just a great way to start off the season,” Martinelli said.
Junior Katrina Martinelli posted five goals and three assists Sunday against Manhattan. The eight points were a new career high for Martinelli, who transitioned to the attack position this season.
A Northeast blizzard was not enough to prevent the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team Sunday from cruising to its first victory. The Scarlet Knights defeated Manhattan, 15-5, in their home opener after the start of the game was postponed for over 24 hours due to severe weather. The second half began with immediate offense when senior midfielder Stephanie Anderson tallied a goal in the first 32 seconds of the second half to complete a hat-trick and make it 6-3.
Senior midfielder Stephanie Anderson, left, helps defend a Manhattan player.
The start of a new season brings uncertainty for any collegiate program. Luckily for the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team, a noticeable amount of stability remains. The Scarlet Knights open their season Saturday when they host Manhattan. The Knights finished last season at 9-7, but it returns many experienced components that have the ability to build on that result. The Knights’ defense returns its core group and should begin to develop chemistry immediately.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team begins its season Saturday when it hosts Manhattan. The upcoming year features veteran players taking on new roles, with senior midfielder Stephanie Anderson and senior goalieLily Kalata named as captains.
Senior midfielder Stephanie Anderson paced the Knights last season with 41 goals, 27 of which came in conference matchups. The preseason All-Big?East team member was named co-captain in the fall by a team vote.
Senior goalkeeper Lily Kalata started all 16 games in goal for the Knights. She finished second in the Big East with a 9.74 goals-against average.
The last time the Rutgers men’s soccer team last made it to the Big East Tournament was two years ago. The amount of time that went by between the Scarlet Knights qualifying for the NCAA tournament was five years. The last time the Knights made it all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament was a decade ago. But in the greatest single-season turnaround in Big East history, the Knights achieved all of those goals and more in earning The Daily Targum’s Team of the Year.
Everything was in place for the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team Saturday as it controlled its playoff chances. Win and advance to the Big East Tournament. Lose and go home. After a fast start and a halftime lead, the Scarlet Knights could not put the Hoyas away, losing their season finale, 9-7, along with their chance at playing in the Big East Tournament. “We had some good moments,” said head coach Laura Brand-Sias.
Senior midfielder Ali Steinberg netted a goal in Saturday’s season finale — a 9-7 loss to Georgetown. Senior attack Danielle Mascera assisted Steinberg’s goal.
Junior attack Annie McGinley tied for the team lead with three points in Saturday’s season finale — a 9-7 loss to Georgetown.
Rutgers head women’s lacrosse coach Laura Brand-Sias made it very clear how she felt about Saturday’s loss to Loyola (Md.). “We went in feeling like we should win the game, and I felt like we should have,” Brand-Sias said. “I’m not going to go into a game and say, ‘Oh, I’m happy that we performed well against a highly ranked team.’ I really don’t care who we play — I think we should be coming out with the win.”
Sophomore Lauren Sbrilli is one of three Knights to take the field tomorrow with more than 30 goals. Sbrilli registered her sixth hat trick of the season Saturday at Loyola (Md.).
Junior midfielder Stephanie Anderson looks to jumpstart the Knights offense tomorrow against Georgetown with a spot in the Big East Tournament on the line.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team has had problems with consistency all season. That was evident in the Scarlet Knights’ last game against Loyola (Md.), when the Knights failed to capitalize on strong play in the first half. Though the Greyhounds scored 15 goals in their victory, head coach Laura Brand-Sias believes junior goalkeeper Lily Kalata’s dependable play this season has been her biggest improvement.
Junior goalkeeper Lily Kalata recorded a career-high 14 saves April 13 against Louisville and added three in the Knights’ 13-10 victory April 15 against Cincinnati before allowing 15 goals Friday at Loyola (Md.).