March 10, 2012

Steinberg's Career-High Leads Rutgers Rout

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Led by a career-best four goals from senior midfielder Ali Steinberg (Suffern, N.Y.), the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (2-3) dismantled Hofstra, 15-7, Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

It marked the ninth hat trick of Steinberg’s career, including third this season. Sophomore midfielderLauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) and redshirt junior attack Annie McGinley (Moorestown, N.J.) added three goals for the Scarlet Knights. Junior Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.) notched four points with two goals and two assists.

Hofstra (2-4) was led by Maryann Miller with three goals. In the cage, junior goalie Lily Kalata (Nesconset, N.Y.) made five saves in the win.

The Scarlet Knights came out hot, jumping on the Pride 3-0 over the first 3:23 of the contest. RU won the first draw and sophomore Meg Clements (Pennington, N.J.) scored unassisted from behind the cage. Sbrilli added to the run with a free position goal. Less than a minute later, Anderson dished off to McGinley, finishing a transition opportunity.

After Hofstra got on the board, Rutgers answered with two scores by Steinberg. On the first, the midfielder deflected a rebound into the net and Danielle Mascera (Verona, N.J.) fed Steinberg from behind the cage for the second.

The Scarlet Knights held the Pride scoreless for over 16 minutes before Hofstra closed in, 5-2, on an unassisted goal from April Iannetta. Sbrilli scored on a low shot just before the half to push the RU lead to four, 6-2.

Steinberg scored just after the break on a free position shot before Hofstra went on a 2-0 spurt to pull within three, 7-4. RU answered with five unanswered goals to take control of the contest. McGinley, Sbrilli, Steinberg, Anderson and Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.) all scored on the 10-minute run to give the Scarlet Knights a 12-4 advantage.

Hofstra would not go away, as Miller scored three quick goals in four minutes to cut the advantage to five, 12-7. Three goals by Anderson, McGinley and Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) quieted the run to account for the final score.

RU returns home Saturday, March 17 to take on instate foe Monmouth. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the RU Turf Field and is a doubleheader, with the men’s lacrosse team taking on St. John’s at 3 p.m.


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