PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 2, 2012) – The Rutgers field hockey team battled Temple in a Sunday, Sept. 2, matchup at Bauer Track and Field Complex, but came up short when TU’s Nicole Kroener finished the game in the first minutes of overtime to give the Owls the 3-2 victory. Christie Lonsky (Dingmans Ferry, Pa.) and Carlie Rouh (Berlin, N.J.) both score for the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers only losses of the season have been in overtime. Their last defeat was a 2-1, OT loss to No. 14 Boston University.
The first half of the nonconference matchup showed back and forth action between Temple University (1-2) and the Scarlet Knights (2-2), but junior Christie Lonsky got RU on the board first putting away a goal in the 30th minute of action. The goal came from a Sophie Wright (Devizes, U.K.) feed from the top of the circle and after grabbing control in front of the goal, Lonksy hooked the ball with a one arm swing sending the ball past the TU defense and giving RU the 1-0 lead.
TU retaliated early in the second half off a scuffle in front of the goal, where Lauren Hunt grabbed control and scored her second goal of the season, tying the game up the game at one.
Just over ten minutes later Alyssa Bull took a hard hit from Temple’s keeper resulting in a Rouh penalty shot. With just Rouh and the Temple goalie Lizzy Millen in action in the circle, Rouh blasted a shot to the left side of the cage regaining the lead for the Scarlet Knights.
With fourteen minutes remaining in regulation, Temple took advantage of a penalty corner opportunity where Nicole Kroener sent the ball past Rutgers defense and tied the game at two.
In the short overtime period, just one shot was taken by TU and an Amber Youtz pass to Nicole Kroner for a goal at 71:38 finished off the afternoon’s game giving Temple the 3-2, OT win.
Both squads fought for possession throughout the game, with TU totaling 13 shots to Rutgers 16, and seizing eight penalty corners to Rutgers 11.
Rutgers keeper Sarah Stuby (Roxbury, N.J.) continued to impressive numbers with seven saves on the day. So far this season she has tallied 23 saves in four games.
The Scarlet Knights return to action with a four-game stretch on the road. In the first weekend of road games RU will face Maine on Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. and Bryant at noon the next day. Both games will be played in Orono, Maine.
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