Rutgers Women Pick Up Win 14

In DI Women’s action, The Rutgers Ladies Scarlet Knights (14-3, 4-2 B1G) used a late 6-1 run to defeat the Ohio State Lady Buckeyes (9-7, 2-4 B1G), 10-8.

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The victory matches the season single mark of 14 wins for the Scarlet Knights.

How it Happened

Playing in front of their home crowd, Ohio State came out with fire

Chloe Johnson (3g) followed by Jamie Lasda (1g) putting home a feed from Nicole Ferrara, got it to 2-0 with 4:46 elapsed.

Ferrara had the helper on both goals

Rutgers fought back with the 54th of the season from Taralyn Naslonski (1g,1a).

Sophie Baez got her first of two helpers when Johnson nailed her 23rd that ended the first with OSU holding a 3-1 edge.

Second Quarter

Jamie Level (1g) scored her 21st to increase it to 4-1.

Marin Hartshorn (3g) and Haley Campo (1g,1a) hitting the 18th time, cut the score to 4-3 with 10:25 remaining in the half.

Ferraro (2g,3a) put it back to a two goal differential with her 30th.

Janey Galski (1g) nailed her third making it, once again, a one goal game.

With just :06 on the clock, Ferrara converted a Baez pass on the advantage.

The half concluded with Ohio State continuing their strong game and 6-4 lead

Third Stanza

Things tightened up in the third quarter but not before Ferrara continued to be playmaker for Johnson’s hat trick.

The switch would turn with Rutgers going on a two quarter four goal run

Cassidy Spilis (3g) notching her 57th and, with :27 remaining, Hartshorn hit on the advantage with an assist from Naslonski to take it to the final quarter with a 7-6 score.

Wind it Down Time

Rutgers would not only finish the four goal run but, also outscore OSU 4-1.

Spilis at 11:29 with Mikayla Dever (1g,1a) at 9:21, flipped the lead to 8-7 the Rutgers direction.

Clare Johnston (1g) evened the score with plenty of time left.

Rutgers clamped down with Dever hitting Spilis on another advantage tally and, with 1:13 to play, Hartshorn ended the drama and the 10-8 game.

“We spoke tonight about owning gritty stats and hustle points, I was really proud of the team and their effort throughout the game. Towards the end, it seemed like all those loose balls went our way. We won possessions when we needed to and took advantage of opportunities when they were there.” Rutgers Head Coach, Melissa Lehman.

Some More:

• Talk about even…shots were 27-25 Rutgers with the Knights putting 17 on net with OSU having 15.

• Sophia Cardello made 9 stops for Rutgers while Regan Alexander had 5 for the home team.

• Turnovers presented 17 for Rutgers and 15 for the Buck Eyes.

• Ohio State won the ground ball battle, 16-15.

Rutgers will host the Big Ten Tournament from May 6-8.

The Knights secured the #3 seed and will face #2 Northwestern.

Rutgers Women with Huge Second Half

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.