Rutgers Women's Lacrosse saw its season end in a 11-7 defeat to Stony Brook in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament. Photo: Rutgers Athletics.


The historic and record breaking season for Rutgers women’s lacrosse came to an end Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, an 11-7 loss to Stony Brook.

Rutgers held a 4-3 lead after the first quarter, and even had the game tied at seven in the third quarter, but it a 4-0 run at the end of the game, finished off the Scarlet Knights who set numerous program and Big Ten records this Spring.

How historic? Let’s scratch the surface with this: “Rutgers registered a program-best 16 victories, tied a program record for ranked victories in a season with six, advanced to the Big Ten Tournament Final and produced its second consecutive NCAA Tournament opening-round victory on Friday night when it defeated No. 23 Saint Joseph’s,”

“One loss does not define your season,” said Big Ten Coach of the Year Melissa Lehman. “I think it’s important to put it all in perspective and as the head coach of this program, I could not be prouder. We made an impact on the history book in so many ways and this team believed they could achieve so much.”

The game itself was a game of runs. Stony Brook jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Charlotte Verhulst and Kayla Zapolski. Rutgers quickly responded when Cassidy Spilis nailed a goal with 11:08 to go in the opening period to give Rutgers a jolt. Soon in a period of five-and-a half minutes, Marin Hartshorn, Ashley Campo and Taralyn Naslonski all scored to put Rutgers in front 4-3 as the first quarter concluded.

Stony Brook dominated the majority of the second quarter with Kailyn Hart bookended a four-goal rally for the Wolves that put Stony Brook up 7-4. Marin Hartshorn finally tallied her second goal of the day late in the quarter to pull Rutgers to within 7-5.

By the third quarter Rutgers jumped on the momentum offensively. Goals by Naslonski and Spilis in a matter of 44 seconds tied the game up at seven.

Rutgers appeared to have all the momentum going there way until Jesse Arline scored her first goal of the day to put Stony Brook back out in front 8-7. They would never trail again.

Rutgers finished the season 16-5.