PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Aug. 29, 2013) – The Rutgers field hockey team opens the season with two games in Burlington, Vt., beginning with No. 19 Boston College (Aug. 31), before taking on Vermont (Sept. 1). The Scarlet Knights take on the Golden Eagles at 1 p.m. on Saturday and face the Catamounts at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Building on 2012
After going 9-10 last season, Rutgers returns four of its top five scorers and seven starters. The squad’s top goal-scorer from 2012, Lisa Patrone begins her senior campaign after tallying 19 points (8g, 3a) last year. Sophomore Alyssa Bull (5g, 7a), senior Danielle Freshnock (5g, 6a) and junior Sophie Wright (6g, 1a) also return to provide offensive firepower.
Boston College Notes
- The Golden Eagles come into the season following a 10-9 record in 2012. The squad returns 19 letterwinners and nine starters. The squad was ranked No. 19 in the first NFHCA rankings on Aug. 27.
- Boston College returns its top three scorers from a season ago in seniors Chapin Duke (7g, 0a) and Virgynia Muma (5g, 2a), and junior Katlyn Soucy (5g, 1a).
- Junior midfielder Emma Plasteras was named to the preseason All-ACC team after earning All-ACC and Longstreth/NFHCA All-American Second Team honors in 2012.
- Boston College is led by Ainslee Lamb, who is in her ninth season.
Rutgers is 5-8 all-time against the Golden Eagles. Boston College won the last meeting, 4-0, in 2004, and has won four straight matchups. The Scarlet Knights last downed the Golden Eagles, 3-2, on Oct. 28, 2000.
- The Catamounts posted a 2-16 record in 2012 as a member of the America East Conference.
- Vermont returns three of its top scorers from last season in Kelsey Bonner (4g, 1a), Colleen Slaughter (3g) and Sally Snickenberger (2g, 2a). Bonner was second on the team with nine points in 2012, while Slaughter and Snickenberger were tied for fourth.
- Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Zygmunt comes back after posting 188 saves (second in the nation) in 2012.
- Nicki Houghton is in her 16th season at the helm for the Catamounts.
The all-time series between the Scarlet Knights and the Catamounts is tied, 1-1. Vermont won the last matchup, 3-2, in overtime on Sept. 23, 2007. Rutgers took the first-ever meeting, 3-1, on Oct. 15, 2006.
Returning Conference Honorees
Some of the conference’s best players return for the Scarlet Knights in 2013. Alyssa Bull (Oakville, Ontario) comes back after receiving BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors in 2012. Lisa Patrone (Washington Township, N.J.) and junior Jenn Staab (Marmora, N.J.) each received All-BIG EAST Second Team recognition a season ago.
Solid Between the Posts
Rutgers welcomes back plenty of experience at goalkeeper in senior Sarah Stuby (Roxbury, N.J.), who made 100 saves a season ago, while posting a 2.21 GAA and a .704 save percentage. She currently sits 10th on RU’s all-time list with 239 career saves, 31 back from ninth.
On the Field and in the Classroom
The Rutgers field hockey team received the 2012-13 Big East Team Academic Excellence Award. The squad was recognized for having the highest collective grade-point average (GPA) among league teams in its sport with a mark of 3.531. Eighteen members of the squad received individual BIG EAST All-Academic Team honors, maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.00.
The Scarlet Knights face eight teams that finished the 2012 season in the NFHCA Top 25, including five that made the NCAA Tournament last season (Old Dominion, Albany, Connecticut, Lafayette and Drexel). The squad plays 18 regular season games, including seven at home, nine on the road and two neutral site games.
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