Rutgers Picks Up Senior Day Victory Over Cincinnati

Piscataway, N.J. (April 15, 2012) Breaking a 32-year-old single season record, senior attack Danielle Mascera (Verona, N.J.) dished out three assists, pushing Rutgers to a 13-10 win over Cincinnati Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field. The RU senior class accounted for nine points on Senior Day.

The assist record was previously held by Nancy Isenberg, who dished out 28 assists in 1980. With her three helpers on the day, Mascera has dished out 31 in 2012 to become the new RU leader.

The Scarlet Knights (9-5, 4-2) were paced in scoring by sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) with three goals, her fourth hat trick of the season. Redshirt junior Annie McGinley (Moorestown, N.J.) added two goals and two assists for RU.

Cincinnati (3-9, 0-5) was led in scoring Laura Simanski with three goals and two assists. In the cage, junior netminder Lily Kalata (Nesconset, N.Y.) allowed just six goals while making eight saves. Junior Aimee Chotikul (Baltimore, Md.) allowed four goals in eight-plus minutes of action.

The RU seniors jumped on UC early, as attack Lindsey Watts (Hillsborough, N.J.) scored the first goal of the contest on a dish from Steinberg. Senior Kaitlyn Curran (North Brunswick, N.J.) buried a free position opportunity to give the Scarlet Knights a 2-0 advantage with 24:15 to play in the first half.

After a Cincinnati score, Rutgers rattled off the next four goals, holding a 6-1 lead with 7:33 to play in the first stanza. Mascera assisted Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) at the 16:51 mark to break the record. Cincinnati scored just before the break, as RU brought a 6-2 advantage into the locker room.

UC scored three of the first four goals in the second half to come within two, 7-5. The Scarlet Knights answered with a 6-1 run of their own to take a commanding 13-6 lead with 11:48 to play. Five different Scarlet Knights scored over the run, as junior midfielder Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.) posted two scores.

The Bearcats scored four-straight to end the game, but Rutgers held on for a 13-10 victory.

Rutgers hits the road for the final two games of the regular season. RU will face No. 6 Loyola (Md.) Friday. April 20 at 7:00 p.m.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. The University of Cincinnati lacrosse team (3-9, 0-5 Big East) attempted a late first half comeback with four-consecutive goals in the final six minutes, but it wasn't enough as it was defeated by Rutgers (9-5, 4-2 Big East), 13-10, on Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field.

Cincinnati's attack was led by Laura Simanski (Riesterstown, Md./Roland Park), while six others netted goals for the Bearcats, including Rachel Mercier (Catonsville, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) who scored a goal in her 12th-consecutive game.

The Scarlet Knights controlled most of the first half, scoring the first two goals of the game before increasing its lead to 6-1 with 7:33 left in the half. Mercier scored a free position goal with five seconds left to head into the break with UC down 6-2.

The Bearcats scored three goals within the first eight minutes of the second half, but Rutgers put in six of its own within a 10-minute span to take its largest lead, 13-6, with 11:48 on the clock. But UC would not go down without a fight, as the Bearcats dominated possession late the second half, scoring four-consecutive goals to come within three. Cincinnati could not muster any more goals in the final minute as the Scarlet Knights held on for the victory.

Cincinnati was outshot, 32-24, and goaltender Jennifer Walsh (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) finished with seven saves. Lily Kalata and Aimee Chotikul combined for 10 saves for the Scarlet Knights.

UC returns home for a pair of contests next weekend beginning with Connecticut on Friday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. The Bearcats host No. 2 Syracuse on Sunday, April 22 at 12:00 p.m. for Senior Day.


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