Despite cold and snowy conditions on Wednesday afternoon, the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team stayed red hot en route to a 15-5 win over Manhattan, marking their third consecutive victory. The game was stopped with 8:30 remaining in the contest due to inclement weather and the issue no longer in doubt.
Senior attacker Kristina Dunphey had a big afternoon, scoring 5 goals and assisting on another. In doing so, Dunphey became the 22nd player in program history to register at least 100 points in her career. She now sits with 104 points, tying her for 20th all-time and she has plenty of games remaining to continue moving up the list this season.
Dunphey is tied for the point lead this season at 22 with senior co-captain Amanda Turturro, who registered her team leading 11th assist yesterday. Leading goal scorer Nicole Kopyta continued her streak of scoring multiple times in every game this season with 2 more yesterday, bringing her tally to 17 goals so far in her redshirt junior season. Sydney Quinn, Joanna Reilly, and Kelsey Cuje also chipped in with 2 goals apiece in the game. Junior midfielder Alana Navaroli set a program best 12 draw controls in the game, breaking the previous record of 10 set by Ali Steinberg in 2010.
With Rutgers currently on spring break, the team’s toughness helped them overcome a early one goal deficit and increasing difficult weather conditions as the game progressed. The field was eventually covered in snow, as it continued to come down hard throughout the second half.
Spring Break 2017. Mental game was tough while we played on our virtual island! Palm trees and… https://t.co/x078FWCgmr— Rutgers Women's Lax (@rulaxbrand) March 16, 2017
After a close 11-9 loss to #10 Penn on March 1st, Rutgers has reeled off three straight victories to improve their record to 5-3 on the season. That includes an upset road win over #18 James Madison last weekend. After finishing 6-12 a season ago, they need just one more victory to equal last year’s win total. Rutgers is now 7-0 all-time against Manhattan. They now set their sights on the Big Ten opener this coming Saturday afternoon on the road against #9 Penn State.