Rutgers Upsets No. 8 Princeton on Sbrilli's OT Winner
from press release
Princeton, N.J. – Sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal in the sudden victory overtime period, as Rutgers women's lacrosse (1-2) earned a 11-10 upset win over No. 8 Princeton (1-1) Wednesday evening at Class of 1952 Stadium.
"Tonight was an overall team effort," said head coach Laura Brand-Sias. "We had a game plan and the girls did a great job of executing it. We have known all along what we were capable of, it was just a matter of putting it all together. Tonight was a great example of what we are capable of accomplishing."
Sbrilli tallied her first hat trick of the season. Senior midfielder Ali Steinberg (Suffern, N.Y.) and attack Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) each added three goals of their own. For Steinberg, it marked the eighth hat trick of her career. Senior Danielle Mascera (Verona, N.J.) assisted on three scores.
Junior goalie Lily Kalata (Nesconset, N.Y.) came up huge for the Scarlet Knights, stopping a season-high 11 shots, including multiple saves on free position shots. Rutgers controlled 16 of the 25 draws, including an 11-3 advantage in the second half and overtime periods.
The Sbrilli game winner came off a scramble in front of the net, as the sophomore picked the ball out of the air and flung it into the back of the net.
The Scarlet Knights took a 6-4 advantage into the break behind the strong play of Steinberg and Clements.Clements got the scoring started, as Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y.) dished off to the sophomore from a free position shot.
The two teams would trade goals for the remainder of the half before Rutgers notched the final two scores. Clements corralled a broken play in front of the net, slipping it past Princeton goalkeeper Annie Woehling. With 80 seconds remaining, senior attack Lindsey Watts (Hillsborough, N.J.) buried a free position shot into the top corner of the cage.
The squads exchanged goals over the first 12 minutes of the second stanza before Princeton went on 3-0 spurt. Cassie Pyle, Barb Previ and Mary-Kate Sivilli each scored for the Tigers over a six-minute span to give PU an 8-7 lead.
Rutgers would not give in, scoring three of the next four goals to take a 10-9 advantage. Steinberg posted her third goal of the game at the 4:31 mark, corralling a pass from Mascera to knot the game at nine. On a fast break by the Scarlet Knights, Sbrilli sliced down the lane and fired a shot past Woehling. Princeton's Jaci Gassaway scored with 33 seconds remaining to force overtime.
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