Rutgers Captures Come-From-Behind Win at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. For the fifth-straight game, Cornell had seven or more different players find the back of the net, but the Big Red (4-3, 1-1 Ivy) couldn't capitalize on a last-second shot by Rachel Moody and fell to Rutgers (5-4, 0-0 Big East) Saturday, 10-9.

Cornell broke out on a 4-0 run to start the game with goals from Chelsea Rowe, Lindsay Toppe, Amie Dickson and Kristy Gilbert.

Rutgers' Lauren Sbrilli put the Scarlet Knights on the board at 21:43, then the Big Red's Shelby McNeilly scored with help from Emily Tripodi. Sbrilli had her second of the game with 14:14 left to play, but Cornell's Amanda D'Amico scored on a free-position shot.

A pair of Big Red freshman tallied one for Cornell, with Amie Dickson assisting on a Catherine Ellis goal.

Rutgers' Kristin Kocher scored with 7:21 left to kick-start a 7-0 run for the Scarlet Knights, but the Big Red took a 7-3 lead at halftime and led 16-6 in shots for the period.

Sbrilli and Jenny Vlahos scored just 38 seconds apart to cut Rutgers' deficit to 7-5 and the Scarlet Knights kept rolling, receiving tallies from Sbrilli again, two from Kocher and one from Megan Clements before Rachel Moody and the Big Red could put a stop to the Scarlet Knights' offensive burst.

With Moody's goal, the Big Red came within one goal but Amanda Trendell capitalized on a free-position shot for Rutgers to create a two-goal deficit. Catherine Ellis found the back of the net with 9:29 left to play and despite numerous opportunities, Cornell couldn't find the equalizer.

The Big Red outshot Rutgers 25-17 and won 13 of 21 draws.

For the Scarlet Knights, Lauren Sbrilli led the team with four goals and Kristin Kocher added two goals and one assist. Amanda Currell and Candice Dandridge shared time in net, with Dandridge recording five saves and picking up the win.

Catherine Ellis led Cornell with two goals and Emily Tripodi had two assists. Carly Gniewek and Renee Poullott split time in the crease, each recording three saves.

Cornell will face No. 15 Stanford at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at Schoellkopf Field.

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ITHACA, N.Y. (March 22, 2014) Behind hat tricks from redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) and redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.), Rutgers (5-4, 0-0 Big East) secured a come-from-behind win over Cornell (4-3, 1-1 Ivy) in non-conference action Saturday afternoon. The win is the second consecutive victory for RU, and the first road win of the season for the squad.

Rutgers battled back from a 7-3 first-half deficit by out-scoring the hosts by a 7-2 margin in the second half. After being outshot 16-6 in the opening stanza, RU came out of the intermission firing on all cylinders, scoring three goals in the first six minutes of play to even the score at 7-7 before taking a lead it would never relinquish in the 23rd minute.

Sbrilli finished with a team-high four goals on seven shots. Kocher recorded three goals and added an assist to tie Sbrilli for the team-lead in points.

Also scoring for RU were junior midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.), senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) and redshirt senior midfielder Amanda Trendell (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.). Vlahos also added an assist to finish with two points.

Cornell was led by Catherine Ellis' two goals. Four total players finished with two points each for the Big Red.

The Scarlet Knights found themselves in an early 4-0 deficit before netting their first score of the game on an unassisted goal by Sbrilli at 21:43. The Big Red extended its lead to 5-1 on a goal by Shelby McNeilly at 16:55, until Sbrilli added her second winner at 15:46 (5-2). Back-to-back goals by Cornell's Amanda D'Amico and Catherine Ellis gave the hosts their largest lead of the game at 7-2. Kocher accounted for the second and last goal of the half by RU at the 8:19 mark. Both teams failed to score in the remaining eight minutes of the stanza.

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