PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Sept. 19, 2013) – The Rutgers field hockey team (3-3) returns home to take on No. 3 UConn in its BIG EAST opener at the Bauer Track & Field Complex on Sunday at noon. The contest is set to be a “Blackout Game,” and fans are encouraged to wear black. The first 100 fans will receive a free blackout t-shirt. The Scarlet Knights face their fourth ranked opponent in as many weeks. The game marks the first BIG EAST contest of the season for RU.
- The Huskies are ranked No. 3 in the nation, holding a 6-0 record in 2013.
- This season, UConn has recorded two OT wins over ranked opponents, including at then-No. 12 Stanford (Aug. 31), 2-1 (2OT), and at then-No. 6 Penn State (Sept. 8), 4-3 (OT). Most recently, the Huskies downed No. 7 UMass, 4-1, on Sept. 18.
- UConn led the BIG EAST in scoring margin (2.07), GAA (0.94), shutouts (2), goals scored per game (3.20) and goals allowed per game (1.00) as of Sept. 16.
- Chloe Hunnable leads the Huskies offensively, posting six goals and two assists (14 points) in 2013, ranking second the BIG EAST with 2.80 PPG as of Sept. 16. GK Sarah Mansfield holds a 1.00 GAA, making 29 saves and led the nation in save percentage through Sept. 15. She earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 16.
- Nancy Stevens is in her 24th season at the helm of the Huskies.
Rutgers is 2-27-1 all-time against UConn. The Scarlet Knights’ last victory over the Huskies came in the form of a 2-1 win at home on Oct. 13, 2001.
Last Time Out
The Rutgers field hockey team went 1-1 in Albany, N.Y., defeating Siena (4-1) on Sept. 14, before falling to No. 13 Albany (4-0) on Sept. 15. Four different Scarlet Knights scored on the weekend, while eight posted at least one point.
When Rutgers takes on No. 3 UConn Sunday, it will be the fourth ranked opponent RU has faced in four weekends this season. The Scarlet Knights have played No. 19 Boston College (Aug. 31), No. 10 Duke (Sept. 8) and No. 13 Albany (Sept. 15).
The Wright Stuff
Junior Sophie Wright (Devizes, United Kingdom) leads the team with nine points, posting four goals and one assist in six games this season. She totaled two goals against La Salle (Sept. 6). Her performance vs. Boston College (Aug. 31) and at Vermont (Sept. 1) earned her BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition on Sept. 2.
Can’t Stop Stuby
Senior Sarah Stuby (Roxbury, N.J.) earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition on Sept. 9 after recording a shutout against La Salle (Sept. 6) and tying a career-high with 11 saves against then-No. 10 Duke (Sept. 8).
Stop and Smell the Roses
Senior Laura Rose (Washington Township, N.J.) notched her first career goal at Vermont (Sept. 1). She added scores against La Salle (Sept. 6) and vs. Siena (Sept. 14).
The Scarlet Knights have started five freshmen in 2013: Ashpal Kaur Bhogal (Leeds, England), Devon Freshnock (Middletown, N.J.), GK Shevaun Hayes (Melbourne, Australia), Sofia Walia (Surrey, British Columbia) and Rachel Yaney (Bridgewater, N.J.).
Rutgers in the BIG EAST
The Scarlet Knights are at the top of numerous statistical categories in the BIG EAST. They rank first in shots (17.00/g) and penalty corners (9.83), are second in defensive saves (0.17/g) and third in goals scored (2.67/g) and assists (2.33/g).
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