PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 23, 2012) – Rutgers field hockey forward Christie Lonsky (Dingmans Ferry, Pa.) led the Scarlet Knights to an overtime victory in a nonconference matchup with Cornell on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Bauer Track and Field Complex. The junior tallied two goals on the day, the second goal deciding the overtime victory for RU. Sophie Wright (Devizes, United Kingdom) and Lisa Patrone (Washington Township, N.J.) each contributed a goal on the day.
RU brought its record to 5-5 after rebounding from a conference loss to Syracuse on Friday, while the Big Red drops to 1-6 on the season.
Cornell put the first points on the board in the ninth minute of action after Hannah Balleza came up from the left side to send one past the RU defense and put Cornell up 1-0. Rutgers retaliated and capitalized on a penalty corner opportunity as Chelsea Rota (Langhorne, Pa.) sent a ball to Wright at the top of the circle who sent a solid shot to the back of the cage.
With the score tied at one the teams battled it out, but Belleza found a hole in the middle and knocked in a shot from the right side, stealing the lead back for the Big Red. To finish off the first half, Cornell forward Katherine Stone shot from the right side and past the RU line to put another goal on the board, making the halftime score 3-1.
RU came out in the second half with a burst of momentum and a solid attack on all sides of the field. Lonsky led the second half attack for the Scarlet Knights as she dribbled from the right side of the goal and into the middle to finish with a backhanded goal. Less than a minute later Patrone sent a hard shot from the top of the circle and straight to the back of the cage to tie up the game at three.
In the overtime period, Rutgers dominated the field and finished the game with a Lonsky goal, who scored off a quick rebound from her own shot. The overtime victory was RU’s third overtime game of the 2012 season.
Cornell took six shots in the first half, but as the second half concluded, RU’s defense proved to be resilient and shut out the Cornell offense, allowing zero shots. Rutgers took seven shots in the first half and nine in the second and had a total of nine penalty corners on the game to Cornell’s one.
Rutgers returns to action next weekend for a pair of back-to-back games. The Scarlet Knights face Villanova on Saturday, Sept. 29 at noon and Bucknell on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. The Scarlet Knights field hockey team will air its first contest of the 2012 season against Bucknell on Sunday. A taping of the game will be available on www.scarletknights.com following the game.
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