PISCATAWAY, NJ – Connecticut, the defending BIG EAST Conference champions and currently ranked No. 13 nationally, used a three-goal first half to defeat Rutgers (7-9, 2-2 BIG EAST) 5-1 at the Rutgers Stadium Complex on Sunday, Oct. 19. Prior to the game, the Scarlet Knights honored their seven graduating seniors.
The Huskies (11-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) got on the scoreboard with 21:15 remaining in the first half when Kelly Stolle scored an unassisted goal. Less then a minute later, UConn added to its lead as Lauren Henderson scored her 13th goal of the season. With 17:34 left before halftime, the Huskies tacked on another goal as Laura Puddle scored off a feed from Stolle.
Connecticut added to its lead six minutes into the second half, as Mary Jo Malone took a pass from Stolle and netted her 12th goal of the season. UConn scored its final goal of the game on a penalty corner by Henderson. Abby Ostruzka and Lyndsey Thompson were credited with assists.
Late in the second half, Mary Szymonowicz (Piscataway, NJ) scored off a rebound for the Scarlet Knights. It was Szymonowicz’s third goal of the season. Despite the loss, Rutgers has already clinched a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament, held Nov. 7-9 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA.
“What makes this team great is its ability to stay positive,” said head coach Liz Tchou. “We’re keeping our eye on the BIG EAST Tournament right now, and as long as we continue to be positive and get better I know we will be okay. The seniors have been fantastic this year. They are the leaders who have helped us point the program in the right direction.”
In goal, Aga Siemiginowska (Winchester, MA) made six saves, while UConn’s Maureen Butler did not make a save in the first half. She was relieved in the second half by Melissa Bostwick, who made three stops.
Rutgers plays its final three games of the regular season on the road – October 22 at Lafayette, October 24 at Boston College and October 29 at Hofstra.
No. 13 Connecticut 5, Rutgers 1
Score by period
1 2 Final
Connecticut 3 2 5
Rutgers 0 1 1
UC Kelly Stolle (unassisted) 21:15
UC Lauren Henderson (unassisted) 20:56
UC Laura Puddle (Stolle) 17:24
UC Mary Jo Malone (Stolle) 29:15
UC Henderson (Ostruzka, Thompson) 16:21
RU Mary Szymonowicz (unassisted) 5:30
Shots: Connecticut 12, Rutgers 4
Saves: Rutgers (Siemiginowska) 6, Connecticut (Bostwick) 3
Penalty Corners: Connecticut 6, Rutgers 5