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.
Kevin M. Neibauer.
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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.
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
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.
• 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
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.