CINCINNATI (April 17, 2014) – Behind a career-high six goals from senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.), the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (8-7, 2-3, BIG EAST) downed Cincinnati (6-9, 0-5 BIG EAST), 15-6, in BIG EAST action Thursday evening.
After an evenly matched first half that saw RU take a two-score lead into the halftime break, the Rutgers offense exploded for 10 second-half goals to capture the nine-point victory.
Seven total Scarlet Knights scored in the win, led by Clements’ six goals. Clements was perfect on the night, taking six shots, each of which she scored on. The senior went 2-for-2 in free position shot attempts and added three draw controls.
Also finishing with multi-goal games were junior midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.), sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and senior attacker Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.), who each recorded two scores.
Martinelli added an assist to finish with three total points.
Sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.), redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) and redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) added the final tallies for RU.
Sbrilli also assisted on a goal to record two total points.
Cincinnati was led by Dani Tunnell's three goals.
Rutgers out-shot the hosts by a 24-19 margin and also had the advantage in draw controls, 16-7. The Scarlet Knights were perfect in clear attempts, going 10-for-10.
The first half got off to a slow start, as the teams were tied at 1-1 through the opening 17 minutes. Rutgers, however, was soon able to establish a two-score advantage at 3-1 following back-to-back goals by Clements and Sbrilli midway through the stanza.
The Scarlet Knights maintained their lead, until the Bearcats chipped away at the deficit, scoring in the 13th and eighth minutes to even the game at 3-3. The contest remained scoreless until Vlahos found the back of the net to put the visitors in front by one with 3:19 remaining. Clements later scored her second winner of the half with 29 seconds on the clock to give RU a 5-3 lead at halftime.
Clements picked up where she left off in the second half, scoring five minutes in off the feed from Sbrilli to record her third goal of the game. The Bearcats added a score of their own to get within three, but Barnes and Kocher scored consecutive goals at 23:42 and 20:01, respectively, to give the Scarlet Knights an 8-4 lead.
Rutgers never looked back, out-scoring the hosts by a 7-2 margin the rest of the way en route to the decisive victory.
Rutgers closes out the 2014 regular season road slate on Saturday, April 19, as the squad takes on Louisville at 1 p.m.
- Rutgers’ 15 goals marks the most scores for the squad in a game this season. The Scarlet Knights previous best was 12 goals, which the team recorded against BIG EAST opponent, Marquette, on April 11.
- The 15 goals by the Scarlet Knights marks the most goals for the team since it netted 15 against Manhattan in the 2013 season opener on Feb. 10. RU downed the Jaspers, 15-5 at the RU Turf Field.
- RU’s nine-goal win marked the squad’s largest margin of victory this season.
- RU has now tallied double-digit goals in seven-straight contests, dating back to its 10-9 win over Cornell on March 22.
- Megan Clements became the first Scarlet Knight to score six goals in a game in six years. The last Scarlet Knight to score six goals in a contest was Kristen Anderson against St. Joseph’s (April 2) during the 2008 season.
- Megan Clements six goals marked a new career-high. The attacker has now recorded five hat tricks in her career and six multi-goal games this season. Dating back to RU’s win over Hofstra (March 26), Clements has now scored at least two goals in five-straight games, and in six of RU’s last seven. The senior also recorded a hat trick (4G) in RU’s loss to Villanova (March 29).
- Halley Barnes’ two goals matched her career-high. Barnes had previously netted two goals on six different occasions.
- Jenny Vlahos’ two goals matched her career-high. Vlahos had previously netted two goals against both Manhattan (Feb. 18) and Penn State (Feb. 18) this season.
- Rookie Kristina Dunphey finished with two assists against the Bearcats to match her career-high. Dunphey also assisted on two scores against Georgetown on April13.
- Freshmen defender Sara Kramer’s three ground balls tied her career-high, while her three draw controls established a new career-best.
- Senior defender Chelsea Intrabartola’s four caused turnovers tied her career best, which she previously recorded against Monmouth on April 5, 2011.
- Senior Katrina Martinelli’s three points were a season-high. The attacker entered the contest with eight points on the year.
- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Amanda Currell earned her fifth win in the cage. The rookie stopped nine saves on the night.
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