HEMPSTEAD, NY – Rutgers’ 2003 regular season officially came to an end on Wednesday night with a 2-0 loss to Hofstra at James M. Shuart Stadium. The Scarlet Knights fall to 7-12 overall but will continue its season as the fourth seed in next weekend’s BIG EAST Tournament.
Hofstra got on the board early in the first half when Alexandra Alonge scored on a pass from midfielder Elise Galvanin four minutes into regulation.
For the remainder of the first half, RU settled in defensively and had a scoring chance of its own with 26 minutes remaining before halftime. Megan Cech (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) beat Hofstra goalkeeper Jessica Cowperthwait, but Sara Gonzalez made a defensive save to preserve Hofstra’s 1-0 lead.
Gonzalez scored the Pride’s second goal with just under eight minutes to play in regulation. The Rutgers offense managed just four shots on goal, three of which were taken by Cech. On defense, the Scarlet Knights put together a solid effort, allowing four shots on goal and only four penalty corners.
Aga Siemiginowska (Winchester, MA) made her made her eighth start of the season and was not credited with a save in 70 minutes of action.
Rutgers will not play again until the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA, on Friday, Nov. 7. RU will face the No. 1 seed, either Boston College, Connecticut or Villanova.
Rutgers (7-12) vs. Hofstra (12-7)
Score by period
1 2 Final
Rutgers 0 0 0
Hofstra 1 1 2
30:55 HU Alexandra Alonge (Elise Galvanin)
7:55 HU Sara Gonzalez (Kara McEneaney)
Shots on goal: Hofstra 4, Rutgers 4
Saves: Hofstra (Cowperthwait) 2, Rutgers (Siemiginowska) 0
Penalty corners: Rutgers 4, Hofstra