Wolf Saves 14 as No. 13 Loyola Defeats Scarlet Knights

Piscataway, N.J. (April 21, 2013) Rutgers fell to No. 13 Loyola (Md.), 10-4, Sunday afternoon at the RU Turf Field. RU (9-6, 1-5) was able to match Loyola (9-6, 5-1) in shots, taking 25 including 18 on frame to LU's 26 attempts. The Scarlet Knights were unable to connect, however, as the Greyhounds would never trail.

Before the game, the Scarlet Knights honored six seniors Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.), Aimee Chotikul (Baltimore, Md.), Lily Kalata (Nesconset, N.Y.), Annie McGinley (Mooretown, N.J.), Rachel Schneeberger (Watertown, N.Y.), and Rachel Welch (Medford, N.J.).

Freshman Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) led the charge for Rutgers, posting two goals on free position attempts. Loyola was led by Marlee Paton with three scores and an assist.

Loyola posted the first three goals to take a 3-0 lead with 7:25 to play. Rutgers answered under a minute later, as Barnes sent a laser free position shot to pull the Scarlet Knights within two, 3-1. Loyola added a free position goal before Chrissy Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) rolled to the cage and blasted a shot past the Greyhound goalie at the 4:50 mark.

The Greyhounds scored the final two points before the break to take a 6-2 advantage into the break.

Loyola opened the second half with three-straight scores to open up its largest lead, 9-3. The Scarlet Knights would score two of the final three points an unassisted blast from junior midfielder Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) and a FPG from Barnes, but it would not be enough to overcome the Greyhounds.

Kalata made nine saves in her final home game between the pipes.

Rutgers hits the road for the final two games of conference play. RU will face Louisville and Cincinnati next weekend. The Scarlet Knights and Cardinals will square off on Friday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. Freshman Molly Wolf (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) stopped a career-high 14 shots and No. 13 Loyola allowed just two goals in each half, en route to a 10-4 win at Rutgers Sunday afternoon.

Junior Marlee Paton led the Greyhounds (9-6, 5-1 Big East) with her 19th career hat trick on a game-high three goals, while sophomore Annie Thomas' first goal of the day made her just the 40th Greyhound with 100 career points and just the eighth to accomplish the feat in her sophomore season.

Thomas finished the game with two goals and two assists, while classmate Kara Burke also added two goals. Seniors Cassandra Cursaro and Joanna Dalton, in addition to sophomore Taryn VanThof, had one score each, while freshman Katrina Geiger had two assists and sophomores Sydney Thomas and Hannah Schmitt both had one.

For Rutgers (9-6, 1-5), Halley Barnes had two goals and Katrina Martinelli and Chrissy Schreiber had the others.

Paton started the scoring by finishing a feed from Sydney Thomas, at 23:05, before Annie Thomas netted a pass from Geiger at 16:18. Paton then made it 3-0, converting a free position shot at 7:25.

After being held scoreless for almost 24 minutes, the Scarlet Knights converted a free-position shot at 6:35 for their first score. Dalton tacked on her own free-position goal at 5:38, before Rutgers scored the game's third-straight free position goal at 4:50, bringing the score to 4-2.

Annie Thomas and Paton then connected at 3:01, with Thomas finding the back of the net, before Burke closed out the scoring in the half, with a goal from Schmitt, at 1:30, bringing the halftime score to 6-2.

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