PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 3, 2013) – The Rutgers field hockey team (4-5, 0-2 BIG EAST) hits the road to take on conference foe Villanova and No. 16 Drexel. The Scarlet Knights first face the Wildcats in Villanova, Pa., on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. It marks the only night game of the season for RU. The squad then travels to Philadelphia to take on the Dragons on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.
- The Wildcats are currently 3-7 (0-2 BIG EAST), most recently falling to Saint Joseph’s, 5-3, on Oct. 2.
- This season, Villanova has downed Siena (Sept. 7), Saint Louis (Sept. 14) and UMass-Lowell (Sept. 29).
- Jessica Swoboda leads the squad with 13 points (5g, 3a). She was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Sept. 30 after a five-point week. GK Alex Diekman holds a 3.44 GAA and a .608 save percentage.
- Joanie Milhous is in her 19th season at the helm.
Rutgers is 13-19-1 all-time against Villanova, coming up short in the last two meetings. RU’s last victory came on Sept. 24, 2010, downing the Wildcats, 4-2.
- The Dragons have earned a No. 16 ranking after starting the season 7-2. The squad’s only two losses have come to ranked opponents in No. 19 Duke (Sept. 1) and No. 2 Maryland (Sept. 8). Drexel’s highlight win is a 2-1 victory over No. 10 Iowa on Sept. 21.
- Elise DiDonato leads the team with 12 points (3g, 6a). DiDonato is No. 15 nationally and first in the Colonial Athletic Association with 0.67 assists/game. GK Jantien Gunter is No. 16 in the country and first in the conference with a .776 save percentage through games of Sept. 29.
- Denise Zelenak is in her 19th season as head coach.
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.
Last Time Out
The Rutgers field hockey team went 1-1 on the road, first dropping a hard-fought 2-1 contest at No. 17 Temple on Sept. 27 before downing Lafayette on Sept. 29, 2-1.
Heart of a Champion
Sophomore Katie Champion (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal with just 3:02 remaining in the game at Lafayette on Sept. 29 to give RU a 2-1 victory.
When Rutgers takes on No. 16 Drexel Sunday, it will be the sixth ranked opponent RU has faced in six weekends this season. The Scarlet Knights have played No. 19 Boston College (Aug. 31), No. 10 Duke (Sept. 8), No. 13 Albany (Sept. 15), No. 3 UConn (Sept. 22) and No. 17 Temple.
Rutgers in the NCAA
RU ranks 17th in the nation with 7.89 penalty corners per game through games of Sept. 29.
Rutgers in the BIG EAST
The Scarlet Knights are at the top the BIG EAST in penalty corners, sitting tied for second in penalty corners (7.89/g) through games of Sept. 29. Freshman Ashpal Kaur Bhogal (Leeds, England) ranks fourth in the conference with 0.56 assists per game. Senior GK Sarah Stuby (Roxbury, N.J.) is fourth in the BIG EAST with a .761 save percentage through games of Sept. 29.
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.).
Junior Sophie Wright (Devizes, United Kingdom) and freshman Ashpal Kaur Bhogal (Leeds, England) lead the team with nine points apiece. Wright has posted four goals and one assist, while Bhogal has notched two goals and five assists. Wright 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. Bhogal has posted an assist in six of the nine games this season.
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.
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