Rutgers Cruises Past Local Foe Monmouth

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 7, 2010) The Rutgers women's lacrosse team (8-3), behind a two-goal effort from six different Scarlet Knights, dominated Monmouth in an 18-6 victory on Wednesday, April 7, at the RU Turf Field.

It was Rutgers' second-consecutive win as it closed out a two-game homestand. RU was coming off a 15-10 victory over conference foe Connecticut on April 3.

A number of Scarlet Knights hit personal milestones for their career, including senior attacker Meghan Flanagan (Medford, N.J.) who moved into sole possession of second place on the school's all-time assists list. Flanagan had a season-high three assist against the Hawks giving her 68 for her career, surpassing the 66 set by Elizabeth Chambers (1997-2000).

Senior attacker Brooke Cantwell (Moorestown, N.J.) was one of six Scarlet Knights to score a pair of goals in the win. Cantwell posted her 100th career goal earlier this season and her 117 goals are currently five away from pulling into a tie for fourth place on the all-time list. She also extended her streak of consecutive games with a point scored to 21 straight contests.

Rutgers outscored Monmouth 8-3 in the first half with sophomore attacker Annie McGinley (Moorestown, N.J.) and junior midfielder Jennifer Schmitt (Baltimore, Md.) leading RU with two goals apiece. The Scarlet Knights closed out the first half on a four-goal scoring streak.

RU continued that momentum in the second half, finding the first score after intermission. Junior midfielder Kristen Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.) scored just over a minute into the restart on an assist from her younger sister Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.). The pair each had two goals in the game with Kristen Anderson posting a career-best three assists, while Stephanie Anderson set a career-high with two assists.

Monmouth scored another goal at the 23:35 mark to pull within five (9-4), however Rutgers went on three-goal run as Cantwell recorded her second tally of the game and senior midfielder Mary Cryan (Newtown Square, Pa.) scored back-to-back goals to put the Scarlet Knights ahead 12-4.

Monmouth broke the Rutgers scoring streak with another goal but the Scarlet Knights again went on a run, notching six straight to outscore the Hawks 6-1 in the final 16 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Ali Steinberg (Suffern, N.Y.) and attacker Lindsey Watts (Hillsborough, N.J.) each found their second goals of the game, while junior attacker Katherine Marino (Hillsborough, N.J.) scored her first goal of the season.

Steinberg, who set the school record for draw controls in a game with 10 against Connecticut, tied for the game-high with junior midfielder Shawn Lopez (Monkton, Md.). The pair each had six draw controls which was a career-high for Lopez. Sophomore Danielle Mascera (Verona, N.J.) earned her first career point with an assist on Steinberg's second goal.

The Rutgers defense put forth an equally standout performance as it limited Monmouth to just three goals in each half. Three Scarlet Knights Cryan, Steinberg and junior midfielder Marlena Welsh (Jarrettsville, Md.) - had two caused turnovers in the game. Steinberg also led RU with two of its 14 ground balls.

Freshman goalkeeper Lily Kalata (Nesconset, N.Y.) picked up her eighth win of the season, while classmate Aimee Chotikul (Baltimore, Md.) logged 10 minutes in her third career game and sophomore Michelle Zaffuto (Westfield, N.J.) saw her first collegiate action in the cage. The pair had one save each against the Hawks.

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