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Women’s Lacrosse lost its fourth straight Big East game at Rutgers. (Celina Wildemann/The Villanovan)

by Lindsey Beakes

The women’s lacrosse team traveled to Rutgers for the Big East faceoff on the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex on Saturday afternoon.

The Scarlet Knights outscored the Wildcats, 9-6, bringing Villanova’s Big East record to 0-4 and the team’s overall record to 5-7.  Villanova suffered tough conference losses to Notre Dame, Syracuse and Connecticut this season.

This was Rutgers’ first Big East win of the season to make its conference record 1-3 and overall record 9-4.

Rutgers has also lost to Notre Dame, Syracuse and Connecticut in conference play this season.

The Wildcats started out with freshman midfielder Chelsey Henderson assisting sophomore attackmer Jessica Mucci to bring the game to an even 1-1 early on.

For the next 16:42 of play the Wildcats were unable to net the ball as Rutgers pulled ahead with a three goal-scoring run.

Rutgers junior attacker Megan Clements gave the ball to freshman attacker Kim Kolodny to assist Kolodny’s goal with just under 14 minutes to play.

Six different Scarlet Knights had at least a point in the game.

The leader for Rutgers was junior midfielder Katrina Martinelli who had two goals and one assist.

Closely behind Martinelli was freshman Halley Barnes and redshirt senior Annie McGinley.

Martinelli went on to score a goal off of a free possession and she also assisted McGinley for the final goal of the Scarlet Knight’s run.

Throughout the Big East matchup senior Maria Bowman led Villanova. Bowman put a dent in Rutgers’ momentum with five minutes remaining in the half.

The Scarlet Knights would not let the half finish on that note as junior midfielder Amanda Trendell put one more away, making the score at the half 5-2 Rutgers.

Even after the intermission Rutgers seemed to have the momentum.  The Scarlet Knights increased their lead by two on back-to-back goals off of free position opportunities.

Martinelli was able to out the first one away while Barnes converted the second opportunity for Rutgers. giving Rutgers a 7-2 lead with 27:32 to play.

Trailing by the largest margin of the game, the Wildcats clawed their way back into it with goals from sophomore midfielder Hannah Goforth and sophomore attacker Jackie Froccaro. Froccaro would score another one after Rutgers’ Clements put another on the board for the Scarlet Knights with an unassisted goal.

McGinley then had her second of the day and gave Rutgers its final goal off of an unassisted opportunity, making the score 9-5.  Bowman would round it out for Villanova with an unassisted goal with just under five minutes to play.

The game would end there,  Rutgers taking the win with nine goals to Villanova’s six.

Villanova senior goalkeeper, Amanda Hirschfeld, had five saves and Rutgers’ senior goalkeeper Lily Kalata had eight.

Rutgers defense was able to cause 13 Villanova turnovers with sophomore midfielder Jenny Vlahos leading Rutgers with three takeaways.

Froccaro had a team high three ground balls while Goforth caused three turnovers.  Henderson led Villanova with three draw controls during the contest.

The Wildcats will host Loyola at 4 p.m. Friday and Georgetown at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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