PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Sept. 5, 2013) – After going 1-1 in its first weekend of regular season action, the Rutgers field hockey team starts its home schedule, hosting La Salle on Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. and No. 10 Duke on Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Bauer Track & Field Complex. The La Salle game will be played in honor of Jeff Berrest, a long-time RU field hockey “super fan.”
La Salle Notes
- The Explorers opened the season at 0-2 with losses to Hofstra (5-1 on Aug. 30) and Quinnipiac (6-4 on Sept. 1).
- Mariel Papa and Maddy Tettelbach lead La Salle with four points (two goals) apiece. Papa scored a goal in each contest, while Tettelbach put up two against Quinnipiac.
- A member of the Atlantic 10, the Explorers are led by fifth-year head coach Michelle Marks.
Rutgers is 14-2-1 all-time against La Salle, winning the last contest between the two teams, 2-0, in 2010.
- The No. 10 Blue Devils started the season 2-0, defeating Indiana, 4-0, on Aug. 30 and No. 17 Drexel, 4-1, on Sept. 1.
- Heather Morris leads Duke with six points on three goals. Emmie Le Marchand and Cherry Seaborn have each scored two goals for the Blue Devils.
- Duke has averaged 14.50 shots per game this season, 5.0 more than its opponents.
- Head Coach Pam Bustin is in her third season at Duke.
Rutgers is 1-0-1 all-time against Duke, with the win coming in the form of a 3-1 overtime victory in 1989.
Last Time Out
The Rutgers field hockey team opened the season 1-1, with a close 2-1 loss to No. 19 Boston College (Aug. 31) and a 5-2 win at Vermont (Sept. 1) in Burlington, Vt. Junior Sophie Wright (Devizes, United Kingdom) posted the goal for the Scarlet Knights in each contest, while freshman Ashpal Kaur Bhogal (Leeds, England) had a three-point performance (1g, 1a) against the Catamounts.
The Wright Stuff
Junior Sophie Wright (Devizes, United Kingdom) is tied for the team lead with four points after posting a goal in each of the first two contests of the season. Her performance vs. Boston College and at Vermont earned her BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition on Sept. 2.
Splitting Time Between the Posts
Rutgers has a wealth of talent in the cage. Senior Sarah Stuby (Roxbury, N.J.), who made 100 saves a season ago, started in the 5-2 win at Vermont and made one save. Freshman Shevaun Hayes (Melbourne, Australia) started the opener against Boston College, making six saves in the close 2-1 loss.
Stop and Smell the Roses
Senior Laura Rose (Washington Township, N.J.) notched her first career goal at Vermont (Sept. 1), by sniping one in early in the second half.
La Salle Game Dedication for Jeff Berrest
The game against La Salle (Sept. 6) will be in memory of Jeff Berrest, a long-time Rutgers field hockey “super fan,” and an employee for Rutgers University Campus Mail Services for more than 25 years. A bench in the Bauer Track & Field Complex, donated by Jeff’s brother, Bruce, and sister-in-law, Stacy, will be dedicated in Jeff’s honor prior to the game. There will also be a moment of silence prior to the national anthem before the contest begins. The first 100 fans will also receive free sunglasses.
Martin Katz, a friend who attended field hockey games with Jeff, helped determine the location of the bench, which was placed under a tree with a view of the field.
Quotes on Jeff Berrest
Bruce Berrest, Jeff’s brother, Class of ‘93 – “Rutgers was like family to Jeff and over the years of going to so many Rutgers games, he acquired the nickname ‘Super Fan.’ I felt that a bench placed at the field where Jeff enjoyed so much of his time at Rutgers would be a perfect tribute to my brother and a great way to contribute on behalf of my 20th reunion. The bench sits under a beautiful shade tree in the picnic area at the entrance to Bauer Track & Field complex, where Jeff enjoyed so many field hockey games. Now Jeff will always be there in spirit, cheering for his beloved Scarlet Knights.”
Tom Stadthaus, Manager of Mail Distribution Services at Rutgers – “I’ll never forget Jeff on my first day at work. He stopped every few steps to say hello or give someone a hug. He knew everyone by name and what building they worked. He had a phenomenal memory. He was a big athletics fan. His favorites were field hockey and softball and he even used to attend their yearly banquets. He was even given a ‘No.1 Fan’ jersey by one of the teams. Rutgers was his family and his home – he loved RU!”
Rutgers field hockey head coach Meredith Long – “We are honored to commemorate Jeff Berrest our “Super Fan” tomorrow before our match against LaSalle. His passion and enthusiasm for both sport and life was contagious. Jeff immediately put a smile on your face the moment you saw him. He was our biggest supporter and he will always hold a special place in our hearts.”
Rutgers softball head coach Jay Nelson – “Jeff was a big supporter, attending most of our home games and even traveling to some of our away games. He would always say hello to the team and let us know we had his support.”
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