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Rutgers Upsets No. 8 Women's Lacrosse 11-10 in 2OT

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/29/2012
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Junior Jaci Gassaway had a five-point game.
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PRINCETON, N.J. (2/29/12) - The Princeton women's lacrosse team suffered its first defeat of the season dropping a heartbreaking 11-10 double overtime game to Rutgers on Wednesday, Feb. 29 in the home opener on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.

Lauren Sbrilli scored at 4:41 in the second overtime after a scrum in front of the cage to end the game.

Junior Jaci Gassaway had a five-point game with three goals and two assists. Sophomore Mary-Kate Sivilli had two goals and one assist. Seniors Barb Previ and Cassie Pyle each scored twice and freshman Erin McMunn had two assists.

The teams exchanged goals throughout the first half, with the lead changing hands three times and being tied four times. Neither team would lead by more than one goal until the final goal at 1:23 by Lindsey Watts a free-position goal that gave Rutgers a 6-4 edge at halftime.

During the first half Gassaway scored Princeton's first two goals before sophomore Sarah Lloyd gave the Tigers their first lead at 11:03. Rutgers went on a 2-0 run over the next four minutes. Pyle knotted the game at 4-4 at 6:40 before Rutgers closed out the half with two goals.

A 4-1 Princeton run put the Tigers back out ahead 8-7 midway through the second half. Previ scored twice, with Pyle and Sivilii adding goals as well.

Sbrilli tied the game up for the sixth time at 7:52 with an unassisted marker, but Sivilli put away her second of the night to put Princeton back ahead with less than six minutes to play.

Rutgers scored two straight to get its first lead since the 15-minute mark.

Princeton's chances at tying the game diminished when freshman Erin Slifer was called for a yellow card at 1:50, forcing the Tigers to play down a player. Rutgers would play catch for the next minute before Ali Steinberg threw the ball away and Pyle came up with the loose ball. Hollie DiMuro would get called for dangerous play with 53 seconds left and would take a seat in the penalty box, evening up the teams. Shortly after Princeton cleared and Gassaway would score the unassisted goal with 33 seconds left to tie the game.

Rutgers won the next draw control but its final shot of regulation was far wide. The Scarlet Knights would win the two draw controls of the first overtime but wouldn't make a move towards goal. It wasn't until 2:45 when McMunn forced a turnover and senior Lindsey deButts picked up the ground ball, that a move on offense would be made as Gassaway put one on frame that was saved by Lily Kalata.

Rutgers again won the opening draw of the sudden-victory overtime and immediately called a timeout. An errant shot by Stephanie Anderson was picked up by Steinberg to keep possession in Rutgers favor, before Sbrilli scored 30 seconds later.

Princeton outshot Rutgers 26-18, and had 10 more ground balls, 23-13. Rutgers committed 19 turnovers and Princeton just nine. The draw control stood in Rutgers favor 16-9.

Kalata thwarted Princeton on four of five eight-meter shots and had an impressive game with a season-high 11 saves. Offensively, Steinberg, Sbrilli and Megan Clements each had hat tricks.

This is the fourth straight season that Princeton and Rutgers have played to one-goal decisions. Princeton won 9-8 in 2009 and 2011 and Rutgers win 12-11 in 2010

Princeton hosts No. 5 Duke this Saturday, March 3.

 

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