PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 4, 2012) – The Rutgers field hockey team (9-10) topped Columbia, 3-2, in a Sunday afternoon match at Bauer Track and Field Complex. Senior Christie Lonsky (Dingmans Ferry, Pa.) notched two goals for the Scarlet Knights on Senior Day. Fellow senior Cornelia Duffin (Moorestown, N.J.) also scored for Rutgers.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the team, and especially for the seniors,” said head coach Meredith Long. “To end this season with a great win and such a big showing from the senior class is really special. I’m excited for what’s to come.”
The Rutgers seniors shined in the rescheduled game, as three tallied points on the day. Seven seniors were honored for their dedication to the Rutgers field hockey program and their accomplishments as a Scarlet Knight.
Duffin was the first upperclassman to put points on the board, scoring off a set play from senior Carlie Rouh (Berlin, N.J.) to put Rutgers up 1-0 midway through the first half. Duffin’s goal was her sixth of the season and the assist was Rouh’s third.
Four minutes later, the Lions answered with a diving goal from Gabby Kozlowski to finish the half, 1-1. Katie DeSandis was credited with the assist.
Minutes into the second half, Kozlowski put a second goal on the board to give the Lions a 2-1 edge.
The Scarlet Knights rebounded, coming out with a solid attack that allowed Lonsky to dribble through the middle and blast one past the Lions line of defense.
With the score tied at two, the Lions pulled the goalkeeper to have an extra man on the attack. Rutgers took advantage of the opportunity and gained control long enough for freshman Alyssa Bull (Oakville, Ontario) to spot Lonsky across the middle to knock in the game winner.
Lonsky finished the season with 14 points on six goals and two assists. Bull, the 2012 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, finished with five goals, seven assists and 17 points.
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