Rutledge Nets Five to Help Manhattanville Past Arcadia

PURCHASE, N.Y. Freshman Lauren Rutledge (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored a game- and season-high five goals and also added an assist for a season-best six points to lead the Manhattanville women's lacrosse team to a hard-fought 15-13 victory over Arcadia University in Middle Atlantic Conference action on a sunny Thursday afternoon at Field.

The Valiants received all their offense from only five players in Thursday's win, with senior Kirsten Spelman (Lynbrook, N.Y.) providing the most support to Rutledge with a career high-tying four goals. Senior Callie Housser (Leominster, Mass.), junior Emelda Ogweta (Portland, Maine) and freshman Melissa Goncalves (Holtsville, N.Y.) all added a pair of tallies each for the home team, with Housser's pair a new career high as well.

The Valiants also got an excellent effort from junior netminder Kirstin Betsill (Parkton, Md.), who made 13 big saves to send the Valiants to victory.

The first half was a closely contested contest that featured three lead changes and five ties. Spelman got the Valiants on the board first just 13 seconds into the game, but Arcadia came back with three straight goals to take its largest lead of the game, 3-1, 7:44 into the game.

The visitors still had a two-goal edge (5-3) with 17 minutes left in the frame, before Manhattanville netted three straight to take back the lead. Rutledge began the run 43 seconds after an Arcadia score, but the big blow came soon after when Spelman scored two goals only 19 seconds apart to give the home team a 6-5 lead.

The teams traded tallies for the next nine minutes, including a lightning-strike tally by Ogweta that came just seven seconds after a Knight score, before Rutledge ended the half with her third of the frame to give the home team a 9-7 edge headed into the half.

Two goals by Goncalves in the first 25 seconds of the second half gave Manhattanville its largest lead of the game at 11-7, but Arcadia did not go away, scoring twice. The visitors got within a goal on two occasions in the final 19 minutes, the last coming on a Caitlin Braddock score with 10:25 on the clock. But after the Valiant defense stymied a potentially game-tying free-position attempt from Megan Madison, Housser came down the field and scored a huge goal to put the home team back up by two.

Fifteen seconds later, Spelman scored her fourth and final goal of the game to give the Valiants a three-goal lead, and Arcadia never got closer than two the rest of the way.

Betsill came up huge for Manhattanville in the second half, as nine of her stops came in the final 30 minutes. Perhaps her biggest stop came with the Valiants leading by one at 12-11, when she stoned Megan Fallon on an eight-meter attempt and allowed Rutledge to go the other way and score 36 seconds later. In all, Betsill helped hold Arcadia to a 2 for 7 mark from the eight-meter line in the second half and 2 for 8 overall.

Manhattanville (2-8, 2-3 MAC) will look to get back to .500 in conference play on Tuesday, when the Valiants conclude their three-game homestand against King's (Pa.) College beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Field. Fans can catch the live broadcast of the contest on their computers at GoValiants.TV. Arcadia (0-6, 0-5 MAC) will travel to non-conference Immaculata University next Thursday at 4:00 p.m.


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