Rutgers Edges Delaware on Game-Winner by Schreiber

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 1, 2014) Sophomore midfielder Chrissy Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal with 23 seconds remaining in regulation to lead Rutgers (3-1) to a thrilling 8-7 win over Delaware (1-3) Saturday afternoon at the RU Turf Field. Redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) was the leading goal-scorer for RU, recording three scores on five shots.

The Scarlet Knights led the Blue Hens 7-5 with over eight minutes remaining in the contest, but the visitors managed to score in the seventh minute of play and again with just over 60 seconds left to tie the score. Following a Rutgers timeout, Schreiber would net the game-winning goal with 23 seconds remaining to give the hosts the lead, while the nationally-ranked RU defense held Delaware scoreless for the remaining seconds to secure the win.

Sbrilli led Rutgers with three goals on five shots and added a ground ball and a draw control. Also scoring for the Scarlet Knights, in addition to Sbrilli and Schreiber, were redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.), freshman midfielder Rachel Engler (Perkiomenville, Pa.), sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and freshman midfielder Amanda Turturro (Farmingdale, N.Y.).

Redshirt freshman Amanda Currell (Moorestown, N.J.) continued her impressive play in goal, recording 13 saves and a team-high eight groundballs to earn her second career win.

Senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) notched an assist in the game and also tied for the team-lead in draw controls with two, while sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.) also controlled two draws. Senior attacker Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) added an assist, two ground balls and a draw control in the win.

Delaware was led by Caitlin McCartney's three goals on seven shots.

The Blue Hens out-shot Rutgers by a 26-14 margin, but RU had the advantage on ground balls (15-13). Delaware also edged the hosts in draw controls, 9-8.

Rutgers struck first in the contest, as Sbrilli scored an unassisted winner at 28:09. The Blue Hens responded with two-straight scores over the next 10 minutes of play, both by McCartney, to take a 2-1 advantage. Delaware added to its lead with a goal by Shannon Hawley (3-1) with 2:46 remaining, but Sbrilli would net back-to-back goals at 2:23 and 1:32 to even the game at 3-3.

The visitors added a final score in the half with 13 seconds remaining on an unassisted goal by McCartney to take a 4-3 lead into the intermission.

RU came out of the break firing on all cylinders, as the squad netted three-straight goals over the first nine minutes of play. Kocher and Turturro scored their first goals of the season at 27:08 and 25:51, respectively, while Barnes added her third score of the season at 11:28 to put RU ahead, 6-4.

A free position goal by Chelsea Fay brought the Blue Hens within on under the 10-minute mark, but Engler's first career goal off the dish from Martinelli regained the two-point cushion (7-5) for RU at 8:35.

The Blue Hens battled back with two scores by Casey Lyons (7:22) and Kara Dattellas (1:09) to even the contest at 7-7, until Schreiber netted the unassisted game-winner with 23 ticks left on the clock.

Rutgers is back in action on Wednesday, March 5 at UPenn. Gametime is slated for 6:00 p.m.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. Delaware held a one-goal advantage at halftime, but Rutgers came back to defeat the Blue Hens, 8-7, in the final minute Saturday afternoon at RU Turf Field.

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