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Rutgers Women’s Lacrosse Comes From 5 Goals Behind To Defeat Delaware 12-11 In OT

The defense held The Blue Hens scoreless the entire second half and extra session

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The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team went on the road to Delaware on Saturday, a place they’ve lost the previous two times they traveled to Newark in 2015 & 2017. Producing a different result in today’s game seemed doubtful when Rutgers trailed 11-6 at halftime.

The Scarlet Knights allowed an 8-1 scoring run from Delaware to close out the first half after jumping out in front with an early 5-3 lead. Head coach Laura Brand Sias inserted backup goalie Kameron Halsall with 8:27 left in the first half after starter Devon Kearns allowed 8 goals midway into the second quarter. While Halsall did allow 3 goals before halftime, she made two key saves in the opening frame and produced 9 saves after the break.

She made a clutch stick save on a free-position attempt with just over a minute left in the game that gave Rutgers an opportunity to tie the score. With 45 seconds remaining, Samantha Budd found Marin Hartshorn, the two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, and she converted the game tying goal that forced overtime. Soon after, Taralyn “TT” Naslonski converted on a free-position attempt in OT to complete the impressive comeback.

Halsall and the Rutgers defense, led by Christine DiLullo and Regina Sharp, held the Blue Hens scoreless after halftime.

Naslonski continues to shine this season and had 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points. Allie Ferrara scored 4 goals, Dakota Pastore has 2 goals and 1 assist, and Marin Hartshorn had the game tying goal and 2 assists. Hannah Hollingsworth added 2 goals as well.

Delaware outshot Rutgers 28-24, held a +3 turnover margin, as well as a 18-14 advantage with groundballs and 14-11 with draw controls. However, Rutgers won a key draw in overtime.

The Scarlet Knights are now 3-1 on the season and host no. 11 Penn on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Quakers also won in overtime on the road Saturday, defeating no. 17 Johns Hopkins 12-11. It will be a great opportunity for Rutgers to see how they matchup against what will likely be a top ten team next week.