Mascera Ties Asst. Record as Rutgers Outslugs Louisville

Piscataway, N.J. (April 13, 2012) Behind six points from senior midfielder Ali Steinberg (Suffern, N.Y.) and a career-high five goals from junior midfielder Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.), Rutgers downed Louisville, 16-11, Friday afternoon at Yurcak Field.

With two assists, senior attack Danielle Mascera (Verona, N.J.) tied RU's all-time single season assist mark with 28 helpers in 2012. The record was previously held by Nancy Isenberg, who dished out 28 assists in 1980. The win marked the first time RU has defeated UofL since March of 2008.

In the cage, junior netminder Lily Kalata (Nesconset, N.Y.) saved a season-high 14 shots for her seventh win of the year.

Rutgers raced out to a 5-0 lead over the first 7:31, led by sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) with two scores. Anderson got things started off a Steinberg dish from behind the cage. Senior attack Lindsey Watts (Hillsborough, N.J.) finished the run on a free position goal.

Louisville would not go away, posting four of the next five scores - led by Colleen O'Malley with two goals - to cut the lead to two, 6-4. Anderson answered with two goals of her own, the first on a pass from Steinberg, to push the RU lead to 8-4 at the break.

After a UofL goal started the second half, RU rattled off a 3-0 spurt to push its lead to six (11-5) with 24:40 to play. Mascera tied the record on a Steinberg goal at the 14:19 mark of the second half. Standing at the left wing, Mascera hit the cutting midfielder to push the RU lead to 12-7.

The Cardinals would continue to pressure the Scarlet Knights, but RU held a lead of four-plus for the remainder of the contest.

Rutgers finishes up its homestand Sunday, April 15 against Cincinnati. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. and will serve as Senior Day on Yurcak Field.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. University of Louisville fell to Rutgers, 16-11, on Friday evening at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.

The Scarlet Knights (8-5, 3-2 Big East) opened the game with five unanswered goals. Stephanie Anderson and Brittany Davis each scored to begin the game, and then Lauren Sbrilli added consecutive tallies to put the Scarlet Knights ahead, 4-0. Lindsey Watts capped the run with a goal at the 22:29 mark.

Louisville responded with a run of its own. Cat Gordon sparked the run with her 11th score of the year, and after a Rutgers goal, Colleen O'Malley registered the Cardinals' second goal on a pass from Eleni Kozas. Then, Boltja cut the deficit to three with her 43rd goal of the year, and O'Malley brought Louisville within two less than a minute later.

Consecutive goals from Anderson gave Rutgers a four-goal lead at 8-4 heading into the final seconds of the half. O'Malley had an opportunity to cut the advantage to three, earning a free-position shot with eight seconds remaining, but Rutgers' goalie Lily Kalata made an impressive save to preserve the lead.

Jamie Redding scored her lone goal of the game to begin the half and bring Louisville (3-9, 1-4) to within three, 8-5. Rutgers pushed its lead to six, though, as Ali Steinberg had back-to-back goals and Sbrilli found the back of the net on a free position shot.

While the Cardinals' defense kept the Scarlet Knights off the scoreboard for the next 10 minutes, Louisville's offense was held to just two goals. Hillary Bushway registered her lone goal of the game, and Boltja scored one of her team-high four goals a minute later with an unassisted tally at the 16:35 mark, closing the gap to four at 11-7. After Louisville and Rutgers traded goals, the Scarlet Knights found the back of the net twice for another six-goal advantage.

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