PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 26, 2012) – The Rutgers field hockey team fought a close battle against No. 14 Boston University, their second ranked opponent of the weekend, in Sunday afternoon’s matchup at Bauer Track and Field Complex, falling short in overtime, 2-1. Cornelia Duffin tallied a goal and three shots on the day.
The Scarlet Knights came out strong using momentum from their Friday, Aug. 24, 3-2, upset over No.19 Albany, and put away a goal in the first three minutes of the match. Junior Laura Rose (Washington Township, N.J.) sent a long ball from the back to start the attack for Rutgers. After Danielle Freshnock (Middletown, N.J.) grabbed possession she split BU defenders in the middle of the circle to send a crisp pass to Cornelia Duffin (Moorestown, N.J.) near the left post, who knocked a quick shot past BU keeper, Jess Maroney, to put Rutgers up, 1-0.
The Terriers retaliated ten minutes later and set up back to back corners, the second resulting in a Jacinda McLeod shot from the top of the circle that sent the ball to the back of the cage to tie the game, 1-1.
As the teams wound down the first half, the game was continuous back and forth action with both squads battling for secured possession. The pace continued throughout the second half with each team’s relentless defense, and as the second half came to a close the game was tied at one a piece, Rutgers with four shots to BU’s 12.
In the first few minutes of the extra session, BU set up for a penalty corner and again found Jacinda McLeod to strike the ball from the top and past the RU defense to take home the win. The goal marked her second of the day off a feed from Ella Gunson.
Throughout the game, Rutgers relied on Ashley Yanek (Northampton, Pa.) and Rose who made huge plays in the back intercepting passes, blocking shots and holding the back line strong through the entirety of the game, most notably while playing a man down during a seven-minute Rutgers yellow card. The Rutgers line also proved tough through nine BU corners.
Overall, Boston outshot Rutgers 14-4 and held a 9-0 advantage on penalty corners.
The Scarlet Knights head down the road for a nonconference matchup against Monmouth on Friday, Aug. 31, at 4 p.m. The next home match is Sunday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. at Bauer Track and Field Complex.
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