JUNIOR BACK ON PACE TO SET RUTGERS CAREER RECORD
PISCATAWAY, NJ – Junior back Tiffany Klebez (Medford, PA/Delaware Valley), of the Rutgers University field hockey team, finished the 2003 season ranked 10th nationally with six defensive saves. Over the past three seasons, she has 15 defensives saves, just nine shy of the school record.
Klebez, who started 19 games for Rutgers this year, closed out the 2003 season with two defensives saves against Connecticut in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament. In an October 10 game against Providence, she also had two saves – including a diving stop as time expired at the end of the first half to preserve a scoreless tie.
Brandi Bailey (1993-96) is the current career record holder with 24 defensive saves, including a school-record 16 during the 1996 season. In 2002, Klebez had nine saves, the second most in single-season history.
The Rutgers defense, led by Klebez and seniors Ashley Recker (Dillsburg, PA), Colleen Maniere (Princeton Junction, NJ) and goalkeeper Meris Burton (Wilmington, DE), had four shutouts this season, including two against BIG EAST opponents (9/20 at Syracuse and 10/10 vs. Providence).
Under the guidance of head coach Liz Tchou, Rutgers fashioned the biggest turnaround in the BIG EAST this season, improving from 3-16 in 2002 to 7-13 and a fourth-seed in the BIG EAST Tournament.