PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 10, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (6-6, 0-2 BIG EAST) looks to earn its first BIG EAST Conference win this weekend, as the squad hosts Marquette (5-6, 1-1 BIG EAST) and Georgetown (4-7, 1-1 BIG EAST). RU’s contest against Marquette will be on Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m., at the RU Turf Field. The Scarlet Knights will take on Georgetown on Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m., at High Point Solutions Stadium. RU enters Friday’s contest looking to snap a two-game losing streak, with both defeats coming in league play.
Fans should note that early Sunday morning on April 13 there will be limited access on Rutgers’ Livingston, Busch and College Avenue campuses due to the Unite Half Marathon. All roads for the marathon will be closed at approximately 7:30 a.m. until10:30 a.m. when the roads are scheduled to reopen. See below for access to Busch campus between those hours.
Access to Busch Campus: Hoes Lane West to Frelinghuysen Road to Allison Road. Parking will be in the lots located on Taylor Road and beyond. The access route will be used until approximately 10:30 a.m. when the roads on the Busch campus are scheduled to be open.
Sunday’s contest against Georgetown marks Friends of Jaclyn Day/Youth Day. The first 200 youth fans in attendance will receive an R Lacrosse headband, while all fans are invited to attend a post-game autograph session with the team.
Additionally, the Scarlet Knights will continue their support of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and their adopted little sister, Genna Camiolo. The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors, as well as raise awareness about the disease. Those interested in donating to RU’s fundraising efforts can do so here.
Most recently, RU fell to UConn, 12-11 in overtime, on Saturday, April 5 at High Point Solutions Stadium in the squad’s conference home opener. The game was Rutgers’ first overtime match of the season, and its first since the 2012 campaign. 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 attacker Amanda Turturro (Farmingdale, N.Y.) 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.
Redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) led the squad with five points (4G, 1A) and five draw controls, while Turturro also recorded four goals. Kocher was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on April 8 for her career day against the Huskies.
SERIES VS. MARQUETTE: RU leads, 1-0
LAST MEETING: RU 9, Marquette 4 in Milwaukee, Wisc. (March. 24, 2013)
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Marquette, which is in its inaugural season in the BIG EAST, enters Friday’s contest looking to rebound from a 12-5 setback to Georgetown on April 5 in Washington, D.C. The teams exchanged scores in the opening half and entered the halftime break even at 5-5. The Golden Eagles were held scoreless in the second half however, as the Hoyas netted seven goals on 19 shots, and limited MU to just two attempts.
Prior to its first BIG EAST loss, MU opened the conference slate with a home win over Cincinnati (14-16) on March 28.
Marquette is led by sophomore attacker Claire Costanza, who leads the squad in points (31) and assists (15) and is second in goals (16) and draw controls (18). Sophomore midfielder Hayley Baas, who is the team leader in scores with 19, has recorded 28 points on the year, while rookie attacker Amanda Bochniak follows Costanza in PTs with 28 (14G, 14A).
SERIES VS. GEORGETOWN: Georgetown leads 20-3
LAST MEETING: Georgetown 13, RU 5 in Piscataway, N.J. (April 19, 2013)
Georgetown travels to Storrs, Conn., on April 11 to take on the Huskies of UConn before trekking to Piscataway, N.J. two days later. Currently, Georgetown owns a 1-1 mark in BIG EAST play, with its first win coming against Marquette on April 5.
The Hoyas opened conference action with a close 14-13 loss to the nationally ranked Louisville Cardinals. Georgetown, which received votes in the latest national polls, snapped a six-game losing streak that stretched from March 9 through April 1 with its win over the Golden Eagles. During the stretch, the Hoyas faced five ranked opponents, including the No. 1 team in the nation during that week, UNC.
Eight of Georgetown’s 11 contests this season have been against nationally ranked opponents. Two of the team’s wins came against the nation’s best: No. 19 Princeton (17-16 OT) and No. 6 Duke (11-10) on March 1 and 5, respectively.
Seven Hoyas have at least 10 points on the season, while three have 20 or more. Senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman leads the squad in points (30), goals (25) and ground balls (21). Freedman was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week on April 8 after scoring a game-high six goals to lead the Hoyas to victory against Marquette.
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