It doesn't take a lot of words to say what happened.
GOAL! HALLEY BARNES! #RUWLAX upsets No. 15 Ohio State, 13-12, in overtime! Barnes scores career-high SIX GOALS!— Rutgers Women's Lax (@rulaxbrand) April 22, 2016
The Knights were on a four game losing streak, but they had a 5-4 lead at the half. But there were six ties and seven lead changes as the second half unfolded, ending in a 12-12 tie. In OT, it was Halley Barnes to the rescue. Barnes had scored the tying goal with just under three minutes left in regulation. Then with 3:25 left in overtime, she did it again, scoring her 30th goal of the season and locking up RU's first win over a ranked opponent since 2013.
"We followed a game plan. We had a really, really set game plan coming into this game and they did a really good job of following it, committing to it, and executing it," said head coach Laura Brand-Sias. "Overall, a great team effort. Everybody did their jobs and everything we said in timeouts they went out and they executed. That's what you want to see as a coach. A game like tonight is when you really want to see your seniors step up, and Halley Barnes stepped up right when we needed her."
But wait, there's more
The weekend home schedule is packed. Beginning this afternoon, both baseball and softball host Big Ten series. After taking two non-con games this week, baseball (18-19, 3-6 B1G) hosts Penn State in a three-game weekend set. The Knights topped Delaware State at home and then shutout Wagner on Staten Island. The Nittany Lions enter the weekend having won six of their last seven games, but did take a 10-9 loss at Kent State most recently. PSU holds series sweeps over both Purdue and Northwestern in the Big Ten.
|4/19/16||vs. Delaware State||Bainton Field||W, 12-8|
|4/20/16||at Wagner||Staten Island, N.Y.||W, 8-0|
|4/22/16||vs. Penn State *||Bainton Field||2:00 p.m. ET|
|4/23/16||vs. Penn State *||Bainton Field||1:00 p.m. ET|
|4/24/16||vs. Penn State *||Bainton Field||1:00 p.m. ET|
An hour after baseball's first pitch, RU softball hits the field hosting Indiana. Softball (20-26, 4-10 B1G) is coming off of a midweek doubleheader win over Maryland on the road. Rutgers blanked Maryland, 4-0, in game one as Dresden Maddox tossed a complete game for her second shutout victory of the season. Maddox tied her season-high with seven strikeouts and allowed only four hits in the win. Rutgers held off Maryland, 6-3, in game two, as junior Shayla Sweeney picked up the win and Maddox closed the day with a save.
Saturday's contest marks Senior Day for the Scarlet Knights, as the program will honor its 2016 seniors - Elizabeth Adams, Stephanie Huang, Dresden Maddox, Melanie Slowinski, and Jordan Whitley - in a pre-game ceremony.
|4/20/16||at Maryland *||College Park, Md.||W, 4-0|
|at Maryland *||College Park, Md.||W, 6-3|
|4/22/16||vs. Indiana *||RU Softball Complex||3:00 p.m. ET|
|4/23/16||vs. Indiana *||RU Softball Complex||1:00 p.m. ET|
|4/24/16||vs. Indiana *||RU Softball Complex||12:00 p.m. ET|
But wait....again....there's even more
Tonight at High Point Solutions Stadium, the action turns to men's lacrosse. A key Big Ten battle is on tap as No. 19 Rutgers hosts No. 17 Penn State. The BTN broadcast starts at 8:00.
|No. 17 Penn State at No. 19 Rutgers
|Date||Friday, April 22|
|Location||Piscataway, N.J.| High Point Solutions Stadium|
Mike Wolf and Mark Dixon
|Game Notes||Rutgers | Penn State|
|Rutgers Info||Quick Facts | Record Book|
|Statistics||Rutgers | Penn State|
Rutgers enters the game at 9-3 on the season, and a 2-1 mark in conference play that puts them second in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights had a four-game winning streak snapped at No.5 Maryland on Saturday, as they were unable to hold on to a 6-3 lead in the second half, falling 11-8. RU is looking to reach double-digit wins for the fifth time in program history and first since 2003.
A win tonight would go a long way towards solidifying the Knights position in post-season play, at least for the Big Ten tournament. Beating a ranked opponent would also help RU plead its case for the NCAA tournament. Rutgers' RPI is currently 19 and PSU is at 18.
The Nittany Lions (7-5, 1-2 B1G) come into the game on a two game losing streak, dropping two home games in conference to Maryland and Johns Hopkins, both in overtime.
Tonight's game is a White Out, so if you're going to the game, do not wear red.
The game will be Senior Day, with 10 seniors to be recognized in a postgame ceremony. It is also Alumni Appreciation Day, with RU to recognize the 1986 team (30th anniversary), 1991 team (25th anniversary) and Dr. Charles Zukaukas, who earned his first letter in 1940.
|4/16/16||at Maryland *||College Park, Md.||L, 11-8|
|4/22/16||vs. Penn State *||Piscataway, N.J.||8:00 p.m. ET|