PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 24, 2012) – Rutgers field hockey took down No. 19 Albany in a 3-2 battle at Bauer Track and Field Complex marking the first win for first-year head coach Meredith Long. The Friday afternoon victory was a complete team effort from front to back, seeing three different goal scorers, Lisa Patrone (Seawall, N.J.), Danielle Freshnock (Middletown, N.J.), and Alyssa Bull (Oakville, Ontario), and a career-high performance from Roxbury, N.J. native Sarah Stuby with nine saves.
“Today was such a great game of hockey and Albany is a great team. To open up with them we knew it was going to be a fight and a battle, and our mindset going into this game was that every play counts and every moment matters, and we knew it was going to be a fight until the end. I think for our first win to be a game like that was even more rewarding. We earned every goal, every opportunity, so I couldn’t be happier about that,” said Coach Long.
The Scarlet Knights (1-0) came out strong with an early goal after Danielle Freshnock dribbled through the Albany (0-1) defense for a sharp shot past the keeper to the back left of the cage.
Following the early goal both teams fought for possession with ball pressure on all sides of the turf, but Albany eventually got control enough to set up a corner where Jessica Longstreth found Liza Morgan in the circle to slide it past the Rutgers defense to tie the game at one. As the first half came to a close, Albany outshot Rutgers 10-4, and had four more corner opportunities than the Scarlet Knights.
As the second half commenced, RU came out attacking and found themselves scoring early back-to-back goals. The Scarlet Knights came up the left side with clean passes to set up for a Laura Rose penalty corner. With great execution from Rose to senior Carlie Rouh (Berlin, N.J.) at the top, a crisp pass was sent from Christie Lonsky (Dingmans Ferry, Pa.) who spotted Bull on the right side to blast a shot and take a 2-1 lead.
After a huge surge of momentum from the Bull goal, the Scarlet Knights watched two back-to-back yellow-carded Albany players trot to the bench, allowing for offensive domination resulting in a Lisa Patrone goal.
The Great Danes responded shortly after with a Jessica Longstreth goal from Corrine McConville, to close the lead to 3-2. As the scoreboard ran down and Albany saw 13 corners to Rutgers three, the Great Danes couldn’t overcome the deficit as Rutgers held on for the victory.
The Scarlet Knights take their home turf again at 1 p.m. Sunday to face No. 14 Boston University.
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