PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 5, 2014) – Playing in its first overtime contest of the season, the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (6-6, 0-2 BIG EAST) fell to UConn (7-4, 2-0 BIG EAST), 12-11, Saturday evening at High Point Solutions Stadium. Redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) and freshman midfielder Amanda Turturro (Farmingdale, N.Y.) each notched four goals apiece in the loss.
Despite leading 7-3 at halftime, the Scarlet Knights found themselves down 11-10 with time expiring in regulation. With 30 ticks remaining on the clock however, the freshmen tandem of Turturro and midfielder Macy Scott (Toms River, N.J.) generated the game-tying goal to send the contest into overtime. UConn scored the only goal in overtime half-way through the six-minute period to capture the win.
Kocher finished with a team-high five points on the night, as the midfielder assisted on a goal as well as scoring four.
Sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Perkiomenvilla, Pa.) also finished with a multi-goal game for RU, netting two scores. Sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) added a tally for the hosts as well, while junior attacker Melissa Arthur (Marlton, N.J.) dished out a team-high three assists.
Junior midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Scott each assisted on a goal to record a point.
UConn was led by Carly Palmucci and Lauren Kahn, who each finished with three goals for the Huskies.
The Scarlet Knights formed an early 4-0 advantage and took a 7-3 advantage into the half-time break. UConn rallied back, outscoring the hosts by a 6-1 margin halfway through the second frame to take its first lead of the contest at 9-8 (16:21). Both teams exchanged goals over the following eight minutes, until the Huskies regained a one-point cushion at 11-10 with 6:02 to play.
Both teams failed to score, until Turturro found the back of the net with 30 seconds remaining in regulation to send the contest into overtime.
UConn’s Lauren Kahn scored what proved to be the game-winner 3:34 into the six-minute overtime period.
Rutgers continues its three-game homestand on Friday, April 11 against Marquette.
- RU had the edge in shots over the Huskies in the first half, 14-7, but the visitors held the advantage in the second stanza, 16-10. Rutgers managed two shots in overtime, while the Huskies had just one, which resulted in Kahn’s game-winning goal.
- The Scarlet Knights scooped up 18 ground balls to UConn’s 17, while the visitors controlled 15 draws to Rutgers’ 12.
- The Huskies had just one free position attempt in the night. Rutgers finished 4-for-9 on the night in free position shots. Half of Kristin Kocher’s goals (two of four) were free position scores.
- Rutgers went with the starting 12 of Kim Kolodny, Melissa Arthur, Halley Barnes, Sara Kramer, Kristin Kocher, Jenny Vlahos, Chelsea Intrabartola, Claire MacDougall, Hollie DiMuro, Chrissy Schreiber, Taylor Pennell and Amanda Currell. Through 12 games, Rutgers has used a different lineup 10 times.
- Melissa Arthur’s start was her first of the season. The attacker has appeared in nine games this season. Arthur’s three assist established a new career-high.
- Today’s contest marked the first overtime game of the season for RU. The game marked the first overtime contest for RU since the 2012 season, when the Scarlet Knights needed extra time on three occasions. RU went 2-1 in OT games in 2012.
- Kristin Kocher and Amanda Turturro each recorded a hat trick against the Huskies, marking the third time this season that two Scarlet Knights have finished with three or more goals in a single game.
- Kristin Kocher now has two hat tricks on the year. Redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli leads the squad with three.
- Kristin Kocher’s five points were a career-high, while her four goals were also a career-best. She had previously scored a career-best three goals for a career-high four points earlier this season against Cornell (March 22).
- Kristin Kocher added a career-high five draw controls against the Huskies. Her previous best was three, which she recorded this season at Hofstra (March 26).
- Amanda Turturro’s four goals marked a new career-high. The rookie entered today’s contest with two points on the season.
- Kim Kolodny’s two goals gave the second-year Scarlet Knight her fifth mutli-goal game of the season and her career.
- Macy Scott’s assist marks the freshman’s first point of the year. Prior to today’s contest, she had appeared in four matches and scooped up one ground ball.
- Taylor Pennell and Sara Kramer both established new career-highs in ground balls against the Huskies, finishing with three and four, respectively. Chelsea Intrabartola matched her career-high, scooping up three ground balls as well.
- Taylor Pennell also established a new career-high in caused turnovers; forcing four UConn miscues.
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