NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt lacrosse fell to No. 22 Rutgers 12-10 Monday afternoon at the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex. Fifth-year Bri Gross passed Ally Carey (2009-2012) to become Vanderbilt’s all-time draw control leader with 264.
The Commodores jumped out to an early 1-0 but less than a minute later, Marin Hartshorn evened the score at 1-1. Vanderbilt’s Cate Bradley connected on back-to-back goals, her first scores of the season, on two consecutive possessions. The Scarlet Knights responded with back-to-back goals, even the score at 3-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Gross found the back of the cage on two-straight possessions to extend the Dores lead to 5-3 at the midway point of the quarter. Rutgers connected for a score, but Vandy’s Sammy Nuchow tallied her first collegiate goal to put Vandy back up by two. Rutgers scored before halftime and the Dores took a 6-5 lead into the break.
Out of the break, Rutgers tied the game 6-6, but Paige Finneran found Kemper Robinson to put the Dores back up, 7-6. Robinson found the back of the cage a second time, to give Vanderbilt an 8-7 advantage. Vanderbilt’s Nancy Halleron scored at the end of the third to tie up the game 9-9 entering the fourth.
Gross tallied her second consecutive game with a hat trick, opening the fourth quarter with an unassisted goal putting Vandy up 10-9. Rutgers rallied to score three-straight and held on to win 12-10.
Paige Gunning had seven saves on the day.
The Commodores travel to Cincinnati on Saturday to open AAC play with opening draw at 11 a.m. CT.