PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 7, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (3-2) welcomes the No. 18 Stony Brook Seawolves (3-2) to High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday, March 8, as the squad looks to go a perfect 4-0 “On the Banks.” The contest marks the first time in program history that the Scarlet Knights will play at the 52,454 seat facility.
Fans will enter the stadium through Gate D and can park in either the Scarlet Lot or the White Lot. Gates will open one hour before game time. One ticket allows fans entry to both the women’s lacrosse game and the Rutgers men’s lacrosse game versus Monmouth that is scheduled for 6 p.m. Ticket stubs are not valid for re-entry.
Saturday’s contest against the Seawolves marks “Dads and Daughters Day.” As a part of this promotion, each dad and daughter will receive two tickets, two food vouchers and a water bottle for the price of $16.00. Tickets for the promotion must be purchased in advance by calling the Rutgers Athletics Ticket Office at 732-907-1572.
The Scarlet Knights are 3-0 at home to open the season for just the fifth time ever. Last year, RU opened the season at 5-0 to record its best start since the 2010 campaign, when the squad went a program-best 6-0 “On the Banks” before suffering its first defeat. In 1997 Rutgers opened the home slate at 4-0, while the 1990 team also went 3-0 before recording its first loss.
The game will also be the second-straight time RU will face a nationally ranked opponent, after dropping a 6-3 decision at No. 15 Penn on Wednesday, March 5. The Scarlet Knights managed to battle the Quakers to a 2-2 stalemate in the first half, but the hosts outscored RU by a 4-1 margin in the second half. RU was held scoreless for the first 28 minutes of the second half until the squad scored its third and final goal of the game with 1:25 to play.
Sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and senior attacker Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) each finished with two points to lead the Scarlet Knights. Barnes notched a goal and an assist while Martinelli dished out two helpers.
Stony Brook enters Saturday’s contest with a 3-2 record, most recently falling to No. 7 Florida, 14-1, on March 1 at home. The Seawolves’ other loss came at No. 15 Notre Dame, 8-7, on Feb. 22. SBU has won comfortably in all three of its victories against Bucknell (18-1), Monmouth (13-0) and Drexel (16-6).
The Seawolves rank fifth in the NCAA in scoring defense, limiting the opposition to just 5.80 goals per game. The defending America East Champions are led by Dorrien Van Dyke’s 17 points on 16 goals and one assist. Her 16 goals are tied for 13th most in the nation. In goal, Frankie Caridi has stopped 34 attempts for the Seawolves and ranks 11th in the NCAA in goals-against average. Caridi also ranks 11th in save percentage (.540) and T-18 in total saves.
Saturday’s contest marks the first-ever meeting before the two schools. In its 37-year history, Rutgers women’s lacrosse has only faced three America East opponents: Vermont (1-1), New Hampshire (0-1) and Albany (1-0). The America East women’s lacrosse league is comprised of six member institutions: Albany, Binghamton, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, UMBC and Vermont.
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