ORONO, Maine (September 8, 2012) – The Rutgers field hockey squad took home a shutout win Saturday, Sept. 9 against Bryant in their second game of back-to-back weekend road matches in Orono, Maine. Christie Lonsky (Dingmans Ferry, Pa.), Sophie Wright (Devizes, United Kingdom), and Lisa Patrone (Sewell, N.J.) all tallied goals on the day.
The Scarlet Knights (3-3) came off of a tough, last minute loss to Maine in yesterday’s matchup, but the 3-2 defeat gave RU some momentum to execute on all side of the field against Bryant (1-4). Rutgers got on the board first at the 7:09 minute mark as Patrone saw Lonsky on the left side to send one past the Bryant defense and put RU up 1-0. The goal was the second on the season for Lonsky and the first assist for Patrone.
The energy continued for RU and after maintaining solid ball control, Wright blasted a shot from the top of the circle and into action, which allowed for Patrone to slide a rebound past the keeper and bring the lead to two. This marked Patrone’s third goal of the season making her the point leader on the Scarlet Knights squad with seven.
At the half, Bryant had seven shots to Rutgers six, and had six penalty corners to Rutgers eight. Sarah Stuby (Roxbury, N.J.) totaled eight saves on the day, five of which came in the first half of play.
In the second half, Wright sealed the game with a one-touch goal sent from freshman Alyssa Bull (Oakville, Ontario) in the corner, giving RU the 3-0 lead which would eventually be the game.
The backfield held strong thoughout the weekend, and was led by Ashley Yanek (Northampton, Pa.), who exerted excellent leadership in the pair of Orono games.
"With Ashley's poise under pressure and experience on the field she led the team to our first shutout of the season. She was solid for us in the backfield, stepped up and made some huge tackles and provided excellent leadership from our backfield," said Coach Meredith Long.
The Scarlet Knights kick off conference play at Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., next Saturday, Sept. 15 and then head to New Haven, Conn., on Sunday, Sept. 16 to face Sacred Heart.
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