March 22, 2014

Rutgers Digs Out and Rallies Past Cornell

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. – Behind hat tricks from redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) and redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.), the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (5-4, 0-0 BIG EAST) secured a 10-9 come-from-behind win over Cornell (4-3, 1-1 Ivy)  in nonconference action Saturday afternoon. The win is the second consecutive victory for RU, and the first road win of the season for the squad.  

Rutgers battled back from a 7-3 first-half deficit by out-scoring the hosts by a 7-2 margin in the second half. After being outshot 16-6 in the opening stanza, RU came out of the intermission firing on all cylinders, scoring three goals in the first six minutes of play to even the score at 7-7 before taking a lead it would never relinquish in the 23rd minute.

Sbrilli finished with a team-high four goals on seven shots. Kocher recorded three goals and added an assist to tie Sbrilli for the team-lead in points.

Also scoring for RU were junior midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.), senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) and redshirt senior midfielder Amanda Trendell (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.). Vlahos also added an assist to finish with two points.

Cornell was led by Catherine Ellis’ two goals. Four total players finished with two points each for the Big Red.

The Scarlet Knights found themselves in an early 4-0 deficit before netting their first score of the game on an unassisted goal by Sbrilli at 21:43. The Big Red extended its lead to 5-1 on a goal by Shelby McNeilly at 16:55, until Sbrilli added her second winner at 15:46 (5-2). Back-to-back goals by Cornell’s Amanda D’Amico and Catherine Ellis gave the hosts their largest lead of the game at 7-2. Kocher accounted for the third and last goal of the half by RU at the 8:19 mark. Both teams failed to score in the remaining eight minutes of the stanza.

In the second half, Sbrilli would again spearhead RU’s offensive production, netting her third goal of the game just over a minute in. 38 seconds later, Vlahos responded with an unassisted goal to make the score 7-5. Sbrilli added her fourth and final score at 26:32, two minutes before Kocher tallied the game-tying goal.

Kocher added the go-ahead goal, and what proved to be the game winner, in the 23rd minute. She would then assist on Clements’ score at 17:22 to give RU its first two-score advantage (9-7).

The Big Red threatened to come back, getting within a single tally at 14:35 off a score by Rachel Moody, but Trendell regained a two-point edge for the visitors at 11:11 off a free position goal. Cornell added a final score at 9:29, but Rutgers was able to keep the hosts off the board for the rest of regulation to come away with the victory.

Rutgers is back in action for its second-straight road game on Wednesday, March 26 at Hofstra. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

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