Rutgers Edges Fairfield in Low-Scoring Affair

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 23, 2013) Junior midfield Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) posted her third-straight multi-goal game of season as the Rutgers bested Fairfield, 5-3, on a rainy, cold day at the RU Turf Field.

Freshman Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) also tallied two goals for the Scarlet Knights (2-1). Three different scorers accounted for the Fairfield (1-2) final score.

Senior captain Lily Kalata (Nesconset, N.Y.) stopped six shots, including four in the second half.

Martinelli started the day with a free position goal at the 25-minute mark. Fairfield's Addie Reilly answered just over two minutes later to know the score at one. Junior attack Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) came from behind the cage to give the Scarlet Knights a 2-1 advantage with 21 minutes to play before the half.

Pushing the momentum Rutgers' way, Martinelli scored just as the first half ended on a free position shot, allowing the Scarlet Knights to take a 3-1 lead into the break. Barnes added two free position scores one just after the half and one with less than seven minutes to play to account for the final RU tally. Fairfield would make a rally late, scoring two goals to end the game, but it would not be enough.

RU heads to West Long Branch, N.J. for a match-up against Monmouth on Saturday, March 2. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m.

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Fairfield University ended its season opening road swing with a 5-3 loss at Rutgers University Saturday afternoon. The Stags fall to 1-2 on the year, while the Scarlet Knights improve to 2-1.

The scoring came in bunches for both teams, with Rutgers getting on the board first with a Katrina Martinelli 8-meter goal 5:01 into the game. Addie Reilly answered for the Stags 2:35 later when she put home a pass from Jamie Leone to tie the score 1-1. Rutgers went back in front 81 seconds later with a Megan Clements goal. That would be the last goal for nearly 21 minutes until Martinelli put home her second free position shot of the day with five ticks left before intermission.

Rutgers scored quickly in the second-half as Halley Barnes converted a free position shot 97 ticks into the half for a 4-1 edge. Barnes scored the next goal, to put the Scarlet Knights ahead 5-1, 21:30 later, with 6:53 to play in regulation. Fairfield scored the final two goals of the game, as Melanie Raso scored with 5:37 to play and Courtney Chmil with 95 ticks left.

Katie Keenan made seven saves in net for the Stags, and picked up a ground ball, to take the loss. Lily Kalata made six stops in net for the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers was 4-5 on its free position shots on the afternoon, while the Stag went 1-4. The Scarlet Knights had a 7-3 edge in draw controls and a 9-6 advantage in ground balls.

The Stags play their home opener on Wednesday when they host Holy Cross.


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