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No. 8 Rutgers women’s lacrosse off to 3-0 start to the season




No. 8 Rutgers women’s lacrosse (3-0) defeated Georgetown (1-2) by the final score of 15-8 on Saturday at SHI Stadium. It secured the program’s third 3-0 start in four seasons with head coach Melissa Lehman. The program won a midweek game at Monmouth 11-5 on Wednesday after opening the season with a 9-7 comeback win over No. 19 Jacksonville.

The Scarlet Knights dominated the first half with a 9-1 lead over the Hoyas.

All-American Cassidy Spilis led the way with a game high six goals. Marin Hartshorn had three goals and two assists. Kate Carolonza added two goals, two assists and three ground balls. Jenna Byrne had a goal and two assists.

Defensively, All-American Meghan Ball set program records for her career with draw controls and caused turnovers. She holds a Rutgers record of 111 draw controls after adding eight on Saturday, while accumulating 230 caused turnovers after six more against Georgetown.

Goalkeeper Sophia Cardello made ninc saves in the victory.

“Our defense really clamped down early on and Cardello registered a ton of saves to give us plenty of offensive possessions,” Lehman said. “We found a rhythm on offense as well. We were really patient and were able to find open looks and bury them in the back of the net.”

The Scarlet Knights held a 31-23 advantage with shots and 22-17 with shots on goal. They were also 16 of 22 in clears and held a 26-19 advantage in ground balls.

Rutgers will next take on Army on Saturday, February 25 in West Point, New York.

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