CHESTNUT HILL, MA – The Rutgers University field hockey season came to an end on Friday, Nov. 7, as the Scarlet Knights were defeated by No. 11 Connecticut, 3-0, in the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Tournament. RU finishes its season with a 7-13 record.
The top-seeded Huskies (16-4) struck first 3:03 into the first half, as Lauren Henderson, the 2003 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, scored an unassisted goal. The Rutgers defense settled in for the rest of the half, however, and was able to keep UConn at bay. At the midway point of the first half, RU’s defense successfully defended three consecutive penalty corners.
At the 20:47 mark of the second half, Henderson scored her second goal of the game, taking a pass from Mary Jo Malone and Abby Ostruzka on a penalty corner. The Huskies took a 3-0 lead when Malone scored off a feed from Kelly Stolle.
In goal, Meris Burton (Wilmington, DE) made 10 saves, while her counterpart, Maureen Butler, stopped all four of Rutgers’ shots. The Scarlet Knights best scoring chance came late in the second half when Kamilah Lalani (West Vancouver, BC) took a shot from inside the circle, but a diving Butler made the save.
Connecticut, seeking its third consecutive BIG EAST Tournament title, advances to Sunday’s championship game to face either second-seeded Villanova or third-seeded Boston College.
Rutgers vs. No. 11 Connecticut
Score by periods
1 2 Final
Rutgers 0 0 0
Connecticut 1 2 3
31:57 UC Lauren Henderson (unassisted)
20:47 UC Henderson (Mary Jo Malone, Abby Ostruzka)
17:25 UC Malone (Kelly Stolle)
Shots on goal: Connecticut 17, Rutgers 4
Goalkeeper saves: Rutgers (Burton) 10, Connecticut (Butler) 4
Penalty corners: Connecticut 12, Rutgers 2