PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 20, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (4-4, 0-0 BIG EAST) hits the road for its first contest away from “The Banks” in over two weeks, as the squad treks to Ithaca, N.Y., to face Cornell (4-2, 1-1 Ivy League) on Saturday, March 22. Rutgers is coming off a three-game homestand that stretched from March 8-15. RU went 1-2 during the stretch, picking up its lone victory against No. 20 James Madison in its last time out (March 15).
Rutgers’ matchup with the Big Red marks the Scarlet Knights’ first unranked opponent since March 1, after facing off against four-straight top-20 teams. Five of RU’s first eight opponents have been nationally ranked in either the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll and/or the Brine Women’s Media Poll.
RU enters Saturday’s game after taking down James Madison, 8-7, on Saturday, March 15 at High Point Solutions Stadium. The Dukes entered the contest ranked No. 20 in the Brine Women’s Media Poll. Rutgers came back from an early 3-1 deficit to knot the score at 5-5 before the half-time break. The hosts added three tallies in the second half and held JMU to just two to secure the win.
Five Scarlet Knights recorded multi-point games in the win, while senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.), sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) each contributed two goals apiece.
The Big Red look to get back in the win column after seeing their three-game win streak come to an end after a 17-10 road loss to Albany on March 16. Cornell led 2-0 early on against the Great Danes, but the hosts scored four-straight to take an advantage they would never relinquish. Cornell is a perfect 2-0 at home, after wins over Temple (Feb. 23) and Columbia (March 8).
Junior attacker Lindsay Toppe leads the Big Red in points (27) and goals (21), while sophomore attacker Emily Tripodi is right behind her with 20 points on 16 assists and four scores. Tripodi is among the nation’s best in facilitating, as she ranks ninth nationally in assists per game (2.67) and 14th overall in total assists.
Rutgers has faced off against Cornell 15 times in program history, with the Big Red holding a 12-3 advantage in the series. Saturday’s contest marks the first time the two schools will meet since the 2012 season, when Cornell edged RU, 8-7, in Piscataway, N.J. Sbrilli, who was at the time a sophomore, and redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medord, N.J.), who at the time was a freshman, both tallied two scores each to lead RU in the loss.
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