Rutgers Rolls to Big East Win at Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (April 17, 2014) Behind a career-high six goals from senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.), Rutgers (8-7, 2-3, Big East) downed Cincinnati (6-9, 0-5 Big East), 15-6, in Big East action Thursday evening.

After an evenly matched first half that saw RU take a two-score lead into the halftime break, the Rutgers offense exploded for 10 second-half goals to capture the nine-point victory.

Seven total Scarlet Knights scored in the win, led by Clements' six goals. Clements was perfect on the night, taking six shots, each of which she scored on. The senior went 2 for 2 in free position shot attempts and added three draw controls.

Also finishing with multi-goal games were junior midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.), sophomore attacker Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and senior attacker Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.), who each recorded two scores. Martinelli added an assist to finish with three total points.

Sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.), redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) and redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) added the final tallies for RU.

Sbrilli also assisted on a goal to record two total points. Cincinnati was led by Dani Tunnell's three goals.

Rutgers out-shot the hosts by a 24-19 margin and also had the advantage in draw controls, 16-7. The Scarlet Knights were perfect in clear attempts, going 10 for 10.

The first half got off to a slow start, as the teams were tied at 1-1 through the opening 17 minutes. Rutgers, however, was soon able to establish a two-score advantage at 3-1 following back-to-back goals by Clements and Sbrilli midway through the stanza.

The Scarlet Knights maintained their lead, until the Bearcats chipped away at the deficit, scoring in the 13th and eighth minutes to even the game at 3-3. The contest remained scoreless until Vlahos found the back of the net to put the visitors in front by one with 3:19 remaining. Clements later scored her second winner of the half with 29 seconds on the clock to give RU a 5-3 lead at halftime.

Clements picked up where she left off in the second half, scoring five minutes in off the feed from Sbrilli to record her third goal of the game. The Bearcats added a score of their own to get within three, but Barnes and Kocher scored consecutive goals at 23:42 and 20:01, respectively, to give the Scarlet Knights an 8-4 lead.

Rutgers never looked back, out-scoring the hosts by a 7-2 margin the rest of the way en route to the decisive victory.

Rutgers closes out the 2014 regular season road slate on Saturday, April 19, as the squad takes on Louisville at 1:00 p.m.

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