Hofstra took an early 2-0 lead off back-to-back goals by Kathleen Mikowski, but the Scarlet Knights answered with a four-goal run of their own. Junior Cristina Curiale (Summit, NJ) put RU on the board with a free-position goal, followed by another tally to tie the score, 2-2, using a feed from senior Kristin Checksfield (Collingswood, NJ). Senior Kate Slotman (Moorestown, NJ) scored her first goal of the season with help from Curiale, while junior Cali Wojdyla (Liverpool, NY) scored on a free position to put RU ahead, 4-2.
The Pride would not let the Knights take the lead into the half as Mikowski and teammate Becky Thorn each contributed goals, knotting the score, 4-4. Mikowski scored her fourth goal of the match with 26 seconds remaining in the half, giving Hofstra a one-goal advantage, 5-4. Rutgers evened the score to 5-5 at intermission, as Slotman scored off a pass from Melissa Mosey (Skaneateles, NY) with 14 seconds on the clock.
The second half was no easier. Hofstra’s Jen Maget tallied the first goal of the second period, but RU’s Jessica Mosey (Skaneateles, NY) returned the favor with one of her own. Melissa Mosey, using a pass from Jessica Apel (Bridgewater, NJ), put RU ahead, 7-6, but Maget tied the score with five minutes to play. Junior Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY) had help from Wojdyla scoring her first goal of the afternoon, followed by the Pride’s Mikowski with her fifth goal of the match. RU looked to take a last-minute lead when Melissa Mosey scored, unassisted, with 46 seconds left, but Mikowski forced the overtime with five seconds remaining, scoring her fifth and final goal to make the score 9-9.
The RU defense kicked into high gear, not allowing a Hofstra goal in the first half of the overtime period, while the Scarlet offense pushed the lead to two (11-9). Bopp fired a free-position shot into the cage 11 seconds into overtime, while senior Claire Grooms (Camillus, NY) scored the final RU goal off a Curiale pass from behind the cage. The RU defense kept the Pride scoreless in the overtime, until nine seconds remained on the clock as Jaime Basile cut RU’s margin to one, making the final score 11-10 in RU’s favor.
Sophomore Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) made 15 saves in goal for Rutgers, facing 33 shots from the Pride. Hoftsra goalkeeper, Lisa Papa, made 12 saves out of 28 Scarlet Knight shots. Also leading the RU defense was Checksfield, the 2002 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, who tied the RU career record for caused turnovers. With seven caused turnovers this afternoon, Checksfield ties the record of 83, set by Nadia Rogala (1996, 1998-2000).
The Scarlet Knights return to the road, heading to Monmouth University on Wednesday, March 19, at 3:30 p.m., followed by Saint Joseph’s on Friday, March 21, at 5 p.m.
1 2 OT F
Hofstra 5 4 1 10
Rutgers 5 4 2 11
4:21 HU Kathleen Mikowski (free position) 0-1
4:51 HU Mikowski 0-2
6:52 RU Cristina Curiale (free position) 1-2
16:21 RU Curiale (Kristin Checksfield) 2-2
17:18 RU Kate Slotman (Curiale) 3-2
18:04 RU Cali Wojdyla (free position) 4-2
24:51 HU Mikowski (free position) 4-3
25:01 HU Becky Thorne 4-4
29:36 HU Mikowski 4-5
29:46 RU Slotman (Melissa Mosey) 5-5
36:01 HU Jen Maget (Caitlin Connolly) 5-6
36:48 RU Jessica Mosey 6-6
48:54 RU Melissa Mosey (Jess Apel) 7-6
54:20 HU Maget (Mikowski) 7-7
57:23 RU Maggie Bopp (Wojdyla) 8-7
58:28 HU Mikowski 8-8
59:14 RU Melissa Mosey 9-8
59:55 HU Mikowski 9-9
60:11 RU Bopp (free position) 10-9
60:38 RU Claire Grooms (Curiale) 11-9
65:51 HU Jaime Basile 11-10