March 15, 2014

Rutgers Downs No. 19 James Madison 8-7

from press release

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (4-4) earned its first-ever win at High Point Solutions Stadium and its first victory over a ranked foe this season, as the Scarlet Knights downed No. 20 James Madison (4-3), 8-7, Saturday afternoon. After battling back to tie the score on multiple occasions in the first half, the Scarlet Knights took their first lead of the game early on in the second half and fended off multiple comeback attempts by the Dukes to capture the win.

Five Scarlet Knights recorded multi-point games, while senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.), sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) each contributed two goals apiece.

Also scoring for RU was redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) and sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.). Kocher added an assist in the win and sophomore midfielder Chrissy Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) assisted on two scores as well.

JMU was led by Ali Curwin’s three goals. Angel Betsy also had a multi-goal game for the Dukes, finishing with two.

Overall, RU outshot JMU, 21-19, and also had the advantage in ground balls (25-21). James Madison edged the hosts in draw controls, 9-8.

Down 2-0 after JMU scored in both the 26th and 21st minutes of play, Barnes put the Scarlet Knights on the board with a man-up goal, assisted by Kocher, at the 20:03 mark. The Dukes regained a two-score advantage in the 14th minutes, but back-to-back goals by Sbrilli and Kocher at 13:42 and 10:11, respectively, knotted the score at 3-all.

Both teams exchanged goals over the following five minutes, and the visitors seemed to be heading into the halftime break with a 5-4 advantage, until Clements scored her first goal of the game with eight ticks remaining on the clock off the dish from Schreiber to even the game at 5-5.

Rutgers started the scoring in the second half, as Kolody netted a free position shot at 23:49 to give the hosts their first lead of the game (6-5). Again the visitors battled back, knotting the game at 6-6 on a score by Curwin. James Madison was unable to regain the lead for the conclusion of the contest however, as the tandem of Clements and Sbrilli scored consecutive goals within 30 seconds of each other to put Rutgers in front by two.

James Madison added a final tally with 4:36 remaining, but Rutgers managed to keep the Dukes scoreless for the remainder of the contest, highlighted by a crucial save by redshirt freshman goalkeeper Amanda Currell (Moorestown, N.J.) with 1:54 remaining. Rutgers regained possession with just over one minute to play and ran out the clock following a timeout to secure the victory.

RU returns to action on Saturday, March 22 at Cornell.

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