WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1, 2014) – In its first appearance in the postseason since the 2008 campaign, the fourth-seeded Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (9-9) fell to first-seeded, No. 17 Louisville (14-3), 17-6, Thursday evening at the Multi-Sport Field in the BIG EAST Conference Semifinals. Senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) finished with a team-high three points, while sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Chrissy Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) tallied two goals each.
Clements scored a goal and assisted on two. Also scoring for Rutgers was freshman attacker Nicole Kopyta (Oakland, N.J.).
Kaylin Morisette led Louisville with seven goals on seven shots and added 12 draw controls. Nikki Boltja tallied five goals and three assists for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 advantage just over five minutes into the first half. Rutgers was able to trim the deficit to a single score on a goal by Kolodny off the assist from Clements, but Louisville scored four-straight to take a 6-1 lead.
Clements ended the spurt with an unassisted score at 14:57 to make it a four-point game at 6-2. Louisville went on to outscore the Scarlet Knights by a 7-0 margin to take a 13-2 lead into the halftime break.
Louisville picked up where it left off in the second half, scoring less than two minutes into the frame. Schreiber answered with an unassisted score at 25:20. Louisville’s Morisette scored her seventh goal of the game at 21:54 before RU netted back-to-back scores at 19:22 and 14:29 by Kolodny and Schreiber (15-5).
The Cardinals tacked on two more goals, before Kopyta scored at 3:37 for the final goal of the game.
- The 2014 BIG EAST Tournament marks RU’s third-ever appearance in the postseason as a member of the conference. The Scarlet Knights also advanced to the championships in 2007 and 2008.
- Rutgers concludes its 14-year membership with the BIG EAST Conference after this season. RU will join the inaugural Big Ten women’s lacrosse following this academic year.
- With the loss, RU falls to 2-6 all-time against the Cardinals.
- Louisville had the advantage over RU in shots (29-16), ground balls (11-5) and draw controls (20-5).
- Kim Kolodny recorded her eighth multi-goal game of the season, and her second in as many games.
- Chrissy Schreiber recorded her second multi-goal game of the season, and her second in the last three games.
- Megan Clements notched her 10th multi-point game of the season. Her two assists were a season-high.
- Rookie attacker Nicole Kopyta scored her first collegiate goal at the 3:37 mark of the second half.
- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Amanda Currell earned the start in the cage for the Scarlet Knights and saw 22:37 minutes of action, before junior Candice Dandridge entered the contest and played the final 37:23 minutes.
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