UConn Rolls Past Rutgers, 11-5



    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 10, 2005) – Jennifer Wong made 14 saves to lead the University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse team to a historic 11-5 win over Rutgers at the Scarlet Knights' Yurcak Field on Sunday afternoon. With the win, UConn improves to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play, securing the school’s first ever winning season in conference action. UConn can claim at least share of the conference championship with a win on April 23 at Georgetown. UConn’s best previous finish in the BIG EAST was an even 3-3 record in 2002. The Scarlet Knights dip to 4-7 overall and 1-3 in league games with the loss. The game also marked UConn’s first ever win at Rutgers.

    The Huskies opened the game on a 4-0 run over the first 15:16. Jacqui Hamilton tallied twice in the run, part of a hat trick for the senior. Kristen Link also scored, as did Tracy Mullaney who went on to pick up her school-record tying 28th career hat trick. Shannon Burke also turned in a three-point day for UConn as she had a goal and two assists, the first of which came on Link’s strike during the game-opening run that established UConn’s dominance from the opening draw. Kate Shomo tallied twice for Rutgers to trim the Scarlet Knights’ deficit to 4-2, but Hamilton and Burke scored unassisted before half time to put UConn up 6-2.

    The second half saw more Husky dominance. Katie Batiuk scored the second stanza’s opening goal at 29:01, but five of the next seven scores would be by UConn. Two of the goals came from Mullaney while two more were scored by Dana Stewart. Tammy Michel added the game’s final goal, accounting for the 11-5 final, UConn’s largest margin of victory ever over Rutgers.

    Keeping the Scarlet Knights from mounting a comeback was steady play by the Husky defense. Wong’s 14 saves tied her season high while the five goals allowed tied her season low for a game in which she played the full 60 minutes. It is the fewest goals that RU has ever scored in its eight games against the Huskies. The defense was further bolstered by Clare Schwan. Making her first start of the season, Schwan responded with a pair of ground balls and three caused turnovers.

    UConn will return to action on Saturday, April 16, when the Huskies play host to Holy Cross at 1:00 p.m.