Rutgers Upset Bid of No. 6 Notre Dame Falls Short in OT Loss

Piscataway, N.J. (March 30, 2012) Despite a personal-best five assists from senior attack Danielle Mascera (Verona, N.J.), Rutgers was edged by No. 6 Notre Dame, 13-12, in overtime on Friday at the RU Turf Field.

Mascera added a goal to pace the Scarlet Knights (5-4) with six points. Junior midfielder Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.) posted three goals for RU. Notre Dame attack Maggie Tamasitis led the Irish (8-0) with five points on two goals and three assists.

Junior goalkeeper Lily Kalata (Nesconset, N.Y.) was credited with the loss, despite making five saves, including one on a free position shot in overtime that preserved the RU lead.

The Scarlet Knights rode momentum from regulation to take a 12-11 lead in the overtime period. Davis scored with 3:11 to play, grabbing a pass from Mascera and burying it bottom-left corner, but UND scored twice in the final minute to secure the win.

Rutgers got out to an early 2-0 lead, as Mascera intercepted a pass and buried a score 10 minutes into play and followed wish a dish to Anderson at the 17:44 mark.

After the two teams traded goals, UND ripped off a 6-0 run that spanned both halves, led by Lindsay Powell with three unassisted scores.

Senior Brittany Davis (Wading River, N.Y.) stopped the run with 23:16 to play in regulation, corralling a pass from Mascera behind the cage and netting it top-corner. Swapping goals for the next 10 minutes, Rutgers registered four of the final five scores to force overtime. Freshman midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) powered through the UND defense with 15 seconds remaining to knot the score at 11.

Rutgers continues its home weekend with Connecticut on Sunday. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. and will serve as the squad's Friends of Jaclyn Day. Little sister Genna Camiolo will serve as an honorary captain for the game.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Trailing 12-11 with one minute remaining in overtime, No. 6 Notre Dame scored two goals in 30 seconds to stun Rutgers, 13-12, and improve to 8-0 on the season and 2-0 in Big East play.

After Rutgers Kristin Kochor scored the tying goal with 15 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, Brittany Davis gave the Scarlet Knights the lead with a score at the 2:49 mark of overtime.

Despite playing in their first overtime game of the season, the Irish didn't panic on defense with only two minutes to go. Freshman Barbara Sullivan forced a huge turnover and picked up the ensuing ground ball to give Notre Dame an opportunity to tie the score. The Irish sprinted down the field and senior Tewaaraton Award candidate Maggie Tamasitis dished to junior Jenny Granger who planted the equalizer in the back of the net with 59 seconds remaining.

After a draw control by senior Kate Newall gave the Irish the ball once last time, Tamasitis delivered the game winner to sophomore Margaret Smith with just 22 seconds left in the game. One final draw control by B. Sullivan allowed the Irish to run out the clock and claim the thrilling victory.

Sophomore Lindsay Powell tallied four goals to pace the Irish. She has now scored at least two goals in all eight games, including three or more in seven contests. Tamasitis scored and dished for Notre Dame, finding the back of the net twice, while handing out three assists. Junior Jaimie Morrison also chipped in with a pair of goals to give the Irish three multi-goal scorers on the day.

Junior goalie Ellie Hilling went the distance for the Irish, stopping six shots to pick up her eighth win on the year.

The Irish were especially dominate on draw controls on the day, holding a 18-11 advantage including the key ones in overtime. Smith had six draw controls, while Newall collected five.

2012-03-30



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