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Rutgers women’s lacrosse announces return of All-B1G performers Cassidy Spilis & Jessica Beneducci

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Cassidy Spilis returns. Photo credit Rutgers Athletics

Rutgers women’s lacrosse announced the return of two key four-year starters on Thursday. Both Cassidy Spilis and Jessica Beneducci will return for their fifth year of eligibility. They have each played and started in all 63 games of their careers at Rutgers. This is huge news for the program and head coach Melissa Lehman.

Spilis is a three-time All-American and three-time First Team All-Big Ten performer. The two-time captain is also the program’s all-time leading goal scorer with 192. She led Rutgers last season with 47 goals while adding 45 draw controls, 26 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. In her four year career, the two-time Big Ten Midfielder of the Year has 202 points, 215 draw controls, 110 ground balls and 66 caused turnovers. Spilis has also been named and All-Big Ten academic selection three times and was a 2023 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

“Being a member of the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team has been such an amazing experience, so it was a no brainer when it came to taking my fifth year,” Spilis said. “This program and the people who are a part of it will always hold a special place in my heart and I am so thankful to be able to have another year to compete as a Scarlet Knight!”

Beneducci has started 63 games on defense and was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection during the 2022 season. She has 101 ground balls and 53 caused turnovers in her career. Beneducci is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

“I knew I wanted to pursue my master’s in human resources, and the program here at Rutgers is phenomenal,” Beneducci said. “I could not pass up on the opportunity to get another degree while continuing to play for this program. This team has such a special place in my heart, and I am so grateful I have another year to continue to make an impact on this team. I believe in what this team can do, and I am excited for the upcoming season. New Year … New Team… More Success!”

Rutgers made back to back second round appearances in the NCAA Tournament before an 8-9 season last spring. The Scarlet Knights have also made at least the Big Ten Tournament semifinals three years in a row under head coach Melissa Lehman. The return of Spilis and Beneducci gives the program tremendous leadership and experience for the 2024 season.

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  1. pj43

    August 11, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    Two key players returning hopefully make for a promising 2024 season.

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