March 24, 2012

Rutgers Completes Comeback in OT at Fairfield

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) notched her second game-winner of the season, as the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team used a strong second-half comeback to edge Fairfield, 11-10, in double overtime Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Sbrilli scored three goals in the contest, including the game-winner 44 seconds into the second OT period. Junior midfielder Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.) continued her stellar play as of late with her second-straight four-score contest.

Head coach Laura Brand-Sias was impressed with the RU squad's ability to take charge of the contest after the initial 30 minutes of action.

"We came out very flat in the first half and let Fairfield take control," Brand-Sias said. "We had a serious talk at halftime about putting Rutgers Lacrosse on the field. I am proud of the turnaround and the result. The team fought hard and deserved the win."

Senior attack Danielle Mascera (Verona, N.J.) dished out three assists – her fourth-straight multi-helper effort – while in the cage junior Lily Kalata (Nesconset, N.Y.) made five timely saves for the win.

The Scarlet Knights (5-3) overcame a four-goal halftime deficit to force overtime. RU rises to 2-0 this season with extra time and has won four-straight contests and five of the last six.

The Stags (5-3) got on the board first before the Scarlet Knights evened the score at the 20:58 mark, as Anderson buried a free position shot. Fairfield answered with three-straight goals over a two-minute span to take a 4-1 advantage.

Anderson stopped the spurt, grabbing a pass from Mascera to bring RU within two. After the two squads traded goals – including a free position score by Ali Steinberg (Suffern, N.Y.) – Fairfield posted two-straight to end the half and take a 7-3 lead into the break.

A barrage of goals from the Scarlet Knights in the second stanza gave RU a 9-8 lead with 7:28 to play. Annie McGinley (Moorestown, N.J.) and Sbrill each scored two goals during the 5-1 run. Steinberg opened the scoring with an unassisted goal just four minutes into the half. A Mascera-to-Sbrilli connection knotted the score at eight with just over 11 minutes to play before McGinley boosted the Scarlet Knights to a 9-8 advantage on a solo score.

Fairfield would not give up, as Kate McKinley evened the score at the 2:42 mark to send the two teams into overtime.

Off a dish from Mascera, Anderson gave the Scarlet Knights the lead in the first overtime, but the Stags responded with a score at the 1:06 mark.

Rutgers returns home to open BIG EAST play against Notre Dame on Friday, March 30. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Yurcak Field.

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