Feb. 28, 2009

Courtesy of Rutgers

ITHACA, N.Y. (February 28, 2009) – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team scored the first four goals of the game, but was unable to maintain a second half lead as No. 17 Cornell tallied the last four scores, including the game-winner with 2:10 remaining in the fourth overtime to seal an 8-7 victory Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field.


Junior Brooke Cantwell (Moorestown, N.J.) and senior Nina Frankoski (Maplewood, N.J.) each tallied two goals for the Scarlet Knights, who fall to 1-1 on the year. Jessi Steinberg recorded two goals and dished out an assist for the Big Red, who improve to 2-0.


Rutgers started the game hot as Cantwell had two scores in the opening five minutes of the game and Frankoski notched her second goal at the 15:06 mark to give RU the 4-0 lead. Cornell did not get onto the scoreboard until posting back-to-back goals just 24 seconds apart with just under 11 minutes remaining in the opening stanza.


Rutgers pushed its lead back three going into intermission on a goal from sophomore Kristen Anderson (Wading-River, N.Y.). Anderson beat the Cornell goalkeeper high off a pass from Mary Cryan (Newtown Square, Pa.). Cryan led RU with two assists on the day.


The two teams traded a pair of goals to begin the second half and Rutgers held a 7-4 advantage with 17:06 remaining in regulation. Cornell would begin its comeback though, tallying the games next three goals, including a strike from Jessie Wiegand with 1:40 left in the second half. With neither team able to get a shot off after the Wiegand goal, the game went into overtime.


In the first two overtime periods each team recorded one shot, but both attempts were wide of the cage. In the first sudden-death period, Cornell won the opening draw and put a pair of shots wide of the goal before a turnover gave possession back to the Scarlet Knights. Following a good clear by Rutgers, Marley Welch (Jarretsville, Md.) appeared to have scored the game-winning goal with 50 seconds remaining, but the referees waved off the goal for a crease violation. Cornell took advantage, winning the draw to open the second sudden-death period, which led to Katie Kirk’s game-winning tally.


Senior Sandra Abel (Monrovia, Md.) made a game-high 12 saves for the Scarlet Knights, while Cornell’s Kristen Reese notched four saves for the Big Red. Cornell held a 24-17 advantage in shots and an 18-16 edge in groundballs.

Rutgers will play its first home game of the season Wednesday, March 4 against Princeton. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the RU Turf Field.