PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Sept. 25, 2013) – The Rutgers field hockey team (3-4) will travel to No. 17 Temple and Lafayette this weekend. First, the Scarlet Knights face the Owls in Philadelphia, Pa., on Friday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. Following that game, RU will then take on the Leopards in Easton, Pa., on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.
- The Owls are ranked No. 17 in the nation, holding a 6-2 record in 2013.
- Temple has won two overtime games this season (Longwood on Sept. 22 and Richmond on Sept. 8), while also defeating then-No. 6 Penn State, 3-0, on Sept. 6.
- The Owls are in the top 10 in the nation in assists per game (3.25, sixth), points per game (9.25, 10th) and save percentage (.822, second). Temple is first in the BIG EAST in assists per game and tied for first in goals scored (3.00/g).
- Amber Youtz leads Temple with 25 points on the season (10g, 5a). She ranks third in the nation (first in the BIG EAST) with 3.13 points per game. GK Lizzy MIllen is third in the country with a .817 save percentage through games of Sept. 22.
- Amanda Janney is the head coach of TU in her eighth season.
Rutgers is 11-21-2 all-time against the Owls. Last season, RU lost, 3-2, in overtime. The Scarlet Knights last defeated Temple, 4-2, on Sept. 14, 2008.
- The Leopards have recorded a 2-5 record in 2013, with wins over Central Michigan (3-2 on Sept. 7) and Quinnipiac (3-1 on Sept. 13). The squad most recently lost to No. 11 Albany (Sept. 20) and No. 12 Penn State (Sept. 22).
- Hanna Sotiropoulos leads the Leopards with six points on three goals. In the cage, Jessica Deutsch has a 2.71 GAA this season.
- Jennifer Stone is in her first season at the helm of the Patriot League squad.
The Scarlet Knights are 18-15-1 all-time against Lafayette, dropping a 2-0 contest last season. RU last defeated the Leopards, 2-1, on Oct. 3, 2010.
Rutgers in the NCAA
RU ranks tied for ninth in the NCAA with 9.00 penalty corners per game through games of Sept. 22.
Rutgers in the BIG EAST
The Scarlet Knights are at the top of numerous statistical categories in the BIG EAST. They rank first in penalty corners (9.00/g) and second in shots (15.43/g).
When Rutgers takes on No. 17 Temple Friday, it will be the fifth ranked opponent RU has faced in five weekends this season. The Scarlet Knights have played No. 19 Boston College (Aug. 31), No. 10 Duke (Sept. 8), No. 13 Albany (Sept. 15) and No. 3 UConn (Sept. 22).
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.).
The Wright Stuff
Junior Sophie Wright (Devizes, United Kingdom) leads the team with nine points, posting four goals and one assist in seven 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. She ranks sixth in the BIG EAST with 1.29 points per game through games of Sept. 22.
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). She also posted 10 saves vs. No. 3 UConn on Sept. 22.
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).
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