PISCATAWAY, N.J. - In a game where temperatures started at 43 degrees and dropped throughout the run of play, Penn's offense again had trouble heating up in a 6-5 loss at Rutgers.
The 20th-ranked Quakers managed just 12 shots in the game - and only three in the first half - making each missed opportunity mean that much more.
The Quakers led twice in the game, Lindsey Smith giving the Red and Blue advantages of 1-0 and 3-2, but a cold spell of 11:29 in the middle of the second half saw Rutgers connect for three goals to take a lead the Scarlet Knights would not relinquish.
Penn twice would close within one goal, first on a pretty finish from Meredith Cain with 9:13 to play and again on the second goal of the game from Iris Williamson with 1:03 left on the clock. The Quakers had a chance to tie, but a Penn pass was picked off with nine seconds to go to end any chance of a rally.
With offense at a premium, Lucy Ferguson did her part to keep the Quakers in the game, making a season-high seven saves in goal. Rutgers was opportunistic on its free position chances, though, scoring four of its six goals on eight-meter shots in a tightly called game which saw Penn called for 26 fouls to just 11 for the Scarlet Knights.
The score was 2-1 in favor of Rutgers after the first half, Smith's opening goal at the 2:09 mark for the Quakers answered by a free position goal from Katrina Martinelli 9:02 into the game. Martinelli was net the second goal for Rutgers with four seconds remaining in the half.
Williamson scored her first of the game 3:26 into the second half, and Smith would follow soon after with a goal just seconds later off a pass from Nina Corcoran. The Scarlet Knights retook the lead midway through the second half on a 3-0 run over 5:10 of game action.
Cain broke to goal alone, and raised her stick to set a target for Maddie Poplawski which resulted in Penn's fourth goal of the game with 9:13 to play. Megan Clements scored her second for Rutgers with 5:30 remaining, giving the Scarlet Knights a two-goal cushion. Williamson would dodge to goal one more time for her second of the game with 1:03 left, but time ran out on the Quakers.
The Red and Blue open Ivy play at Harvard this weekend.