The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team improved to 3-0 on Saturday with an 13-11 victory over Delaware at SHI Stadium. It’s the best start for the program since the 2010 season.
After trailing 2-1 early in the contest, the Scarlet Knights scored three consecutive goals to take control of the game. They never trailed the rest of the way and held a commanding 13-8 lead before surrendering the final three goals of the day.
Junior Taralyn Naslonski and freshman Cassidy Spilis scored four goals apiece to lead the Scarlet Knights. Naslonski became the 25th player in program history to produce 100 points in her career. Cassidy Spilis leads the team with 10 goals through three games so far.
In addition, sophomore Cameyn Rogers came off the bench to register three goals in the victory.
Defensively, two freshman made a big impact as Meghan Ball forced a team high three turnovers and Alonna Gliksman made a career high 13 saves for her third consecutive victory.
Overall, five freshman started for Rutgers and eight played in the game. It’s been an impressive start to head coach Melissa Lehman’s first season as she ushers in a youth movement as part of the rebuilding process.
On the win, Lehman said, “I really like how we won the 50-50’s. In the beginning, the draw was giving us some problems, but TT Naslonski and Cassidy Spilis both stepped up to help us in that area. Draw controls give you those possessions you need to win the game.”
Although the Blue Hens had a 32-29 shot advantage, RU held a 14-12 draw advantage in the contest, as well as being a perfect 20 for 20 with clears.
Rutgers travels for the second time this season on Saturday, February 22 to face Marist (0-2) in Poughkeepsie, New York.