PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 29, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (9-8, 3-4 BIG EAST) makes its first appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament since the 2008 campaign Thursday, May 1, as the Scarlet Knights take on No. 17 Louisville (13-3, 7-0 BIG EAST) in Washington, D.C., at 5:30 p.m. RU captured the No. 4 seed based on goal differential, after finishing in a three-way tie with Temple and Villanova.
Georgetown will host the 2014 BIG EAST Championships at its Multi-Sport Field.
Fans can watch the semifinal matches free of charge on the BIG EAST website, while the championship game will be televised on Fox Sports 2.
Tickets prices for all three games are $5 each and free for BIG EAST students with IDs, as well as children under two years of age.
Should Rutgers defeat the Cardinals, it will take on the winner of No. 2 Georgetown (9-7, 6-1 BIG EAST) vs. No. 3 UConn (10-6, 5-2 BIG EAST). The Hoyas meet the Huskies on Thursday at 8:15 p.m.
In its regular season finale on April 25, Rutgers secured a pivotal 11-10 win over Temple at High Point Solutions Stadium. After surrendering a 3-0 lead, the Scarlet Knights battled the Owls through six tied scores and ultimately were led to victory by sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.), who scored the game-tying goal with 6:15 remaining and the added the game-winner with 2:39 left to play.
Redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) played a key role in the victory as well, generating more than half of RU’s offense, by finishing with six points on four goals and two assists. Sbrilli also assisted on Kolodny’s game-winner.
Both Sbrilli and Kolodny were named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for their performances against Temple.
Sbrilli serves as one of RU’s primary threats on offense. The midfielder finished the regular season with eight multi-goal games and five hat tricks, and leads RU in both points (37) and goals (30). She is also third on the squad in draw controls (18). Additionally, her 1.88 goals per game ranks ninth in the BIG EAST.
Senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) is right behind Sbrilli with 30 points on 25 goals, while adding 29 draw controls.
Defensively, Rutgers is paced by redshirt junior Hollie DiMuro (West Babylon, N.Y.), who leads the squad in both ground balls (30) and caused turnovers (17). Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Amanda Currell (Moorestown, N.J.) has logged 745:44 minutes in the cage and recorded 110 saves. Her .474 save percentage ranks second in the league and her 6.47 saves/game is good for third. As a team, Rutgers ranks first in the league in saves per game (7.94) and second in save percentage (.440).
The Cardinals concluded the regular season with a perfect 7-0 mark in league play to claim the BIG EAST regular-season title. Louisville won handily in all but one BIG EAST game, a 14-13 defeat of Georgetown on March 29 in Washington, D.C. UofL claimed its remaining six wins by at least five goals, highlighted by a commanding 21-goal road victory over Cincinnati on April 6.
Offensively, the Cards are led by senior attacker Nikki Boltja, who has a team-best 81 points on 61 goals and 20 assists. Boltja’s 3.81 goals per game ranks second in the NCAA, while her goals and points totals rank third and fourth, respectively.
Three other Cardinals have also tallied at least 30 points and 30 goals on the season: junior attacker Faye Brust (65 PTs, 59 Gs), sophomore midfielder Cortnee Daley (39 PTs, 37 Gs) and sophomore midfielder Kaylin Morisette (44 PTs, 33 Gs).
Rutgers looks to avenge an 18-6 loss to the Cardinals earlier this season on April 19 in Louisville, Ky. Louisville leads the all-time series, 5-2, and has won two straight dating back to Rutgers’ last win during the 2012 campaign (16-11) in Piscataway, N.J.
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