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No. 24 Rutgers women’s lacrosse defeats No. 19 Ohio State 12-9

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The Scarlet Knights came from behind to earn its first win over a ranked foe in four years.

Cassidy Spilis helped the Scarlet Knights to a second straight Big Ten victory.
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The no. 24 Rutgers women’s lacrosse team won its second come from behind victory in just under a week with a 12-9 win over no. 19 Ohio State on Friday. It was the home opener for the Scarlet Knights and they closed out the game with 6-2 second half scoring advantage. It was the program’s first win over a ranked opponent since RU beat James Madison in 2017 and first time they’ve won consecutive Big Ten games since 2016.

Rutgers was led by senior captain Taralyn Naslonski as she scored five goals and added an assist. She is seven goals away from reaching 100 for her career and passed Kristina Dunphey to move into 18th place in program history with 126 total points.

Four sophomores were major contributors in the win. Cassidy Spilis registered four goals, making it the third consecutive game she has scored at least that amount. Jenna Byrne added one goal and two assists. Meghan Ball won a game high seven draws to lead Rutgers to a 17-6 advantage on draw controls. Goalkeeper Alina Gliksman made seven saves for the victory.

”This team just keeps believing,” said head coach Melissa Lehman. “They do not waiver and know that if they stay the course and have each other’s back, they can stay in any game. We came out in the first half and did a great job on the draw control and we just felt we needed to continue success there. Winning the draw helped us last week and allowed us to come out after halftime and play strong.”

This team has made major strides under head coach Melissa Lehman and is getting significant production from many younger players. It’s a great sign for the future of this program.

Rutgers is hosting Ohio State for the second time in three days on Sunday. The game begins at noon and will air on BTN Plus.