PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Rutgers University field hockey team (6-7) played its third consecutive overtime contest, dropping a 4-3 decision to Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Philadelphia, PA. The game was decided on penalty strokes after two overtimes failed to determine a winner.
Saint Joseph’s took a 1-0 lead with early in the first half when Katelyn O’Brien scored on a rebound. Ten minutes later, the Hawks took a 2-0 lead as Nicole Antonini rebounded a shot by O’Brien. Rutgers, however, began its comeback as Mary Szymonowicz (Piscataway, NJ) scored an unassisted goal with 11:22 remaining in regulation. The goal was Szymonowicz’s second of the season.
Trailing 2-1 with less then five minutes remaining before half time, Saint Joseph’s added another goal when Julie Lentz poked a rebound past Rutgers goalkeeper Aga Siemiginowska (Winchester, MA). The tally gave SJU a 3-1 halftime lead, but Rutgers was far from finished offensively.
Megan Cech (Moorestown, NJ) drew RU to within 3-2 when she scored an unassisted goal in the 52nd minute. The goal was Cech’s first of the season, and gave her six points on the season, the third most of the team. Kamilah Lalani (West Vancouver, BC) notched her fourth goal of the season when she successfully converted a penalty stroke to forge a 3-3 tie in the 60th minute of regulation.
The game remained tied through two overtimes, forcing the match into penalty strokes. Rutgers’ Lalani, Cech, Jennifer Noon (Shavertown, PA), Colleen Mainere (Princeton Junction, NJ) each converted strokes, but Saint Joeseph’s won the game on Emily Mannion’s goal in the second round of penalty strokes. In all, SJU converted seven penalty strokes, while Rutgers had six.
“It’s a game of inches,” said Rutgers head coach Liz Tchou. “We were encouraged tonight that we got back to our passing game, which created a lot of opportunities for us offensively. We hung in there and fought back from a two-goal deficit again, and that’s something we can be proud of.”
Rutgers had a season-high 29 shots on goal, including 10 in the second half and seven in the first overtime. RU also had a 9-3 advantage in penalty corners. Siemiginowska made five saves for the Scarlet Knights, while SJU goalkeeper Courtney Huff stopped 18 shots.
Rutgers returns to action on Friday, Oct. 10, when it hosts BIG EAST foe Providence at the Rutgers Stadium Complex. Gametime is schedule for 8:00 p.m.
Rutgers (6-7) vs. Saint Joseph’s (4-7)
Score by period
1 2 OT OT Final
Rutgers 1 2 0 0 3
SJU 3 0 0 1 4
33:49 SJU O'Brien, Katelyn
23:13 SJU Antonini, Nicole
11:22 RU Szymonowicz, Mary
4:18 SJU Lentz, Julie
52:12 RU Cech, Megan
39:19 RU Lalani, Kamilah Penalty shot
86:24 SJU Mannion, Emily Shoot-out goal