PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 24, 2013) – The Rutgers field hockey team continues its schedule at home, taking on BIG EAST foe Providence on Friday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Bauer Track and Field Complex.
- The Friars hold a 7-7 record overall, with a 2-3 mark in conference play.
- The squad is coming off its third shutout of the season, holding Vermont scoreless in a 6-0 victory on Oct. 20.
- Offensively, Daniella Bernasconi leads the squad with 30 points on 14 goals and two assists. She ranked tied for 10th in the nation with 1.00 goals per game and 20th in the country with 2.14 points per game through games of Oct. 20.
- Defensively, GK Deidra Clymer was 16th in the nation with a .758 save percentage and 25th with a 1.61 goals against average through games of Oct. 20.
- Adrienne Houle, a midfielder, earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition on Oct. 21 after scoring three goals in a 2-0 week for the Friars, who downed Vermont and Villanova.
- Diane Madl is in her 12th season at the helm of the Friars.
Rutgers is 6-13 all-time against Providence. Last season, RU fell, 2-1, on the road. The Scarlet Knights last downed the Friars on Oct. 14, 2011 by a score of 3-1.
Last Time Out
The Scarlet Knights fell to No. 17 Louisville, 2-1 (2OT) on Oct. 19 before defeating future Big Ten opponent Indiana, 1-0, on Oct. 20. RU led the ranked Cardinals, 1-0, before UofL tied it with just 4:41 remaining and won in overtime. Against the Hoosiers, the Scarlet Knights won in thrilling fashion as sophomore Katie Champion (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) scored the game-winner with 1:14 on the clock.
Heart of a Champion
Sophomore Katie Champion (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) has scored the game-winning goal twice this season. Most recently, she scored with 1:14 remaining at Indiana (Oct. 20) to secure the win. Earlier this season she scored with just 3:02 remaining in the game at Lafayette on Sept. 29 to give RU a 2-1 victory.
On the Record
With a 9-6 record and three games remaining this season, Rutgers has secured at least a .500 record at season’s end for the first time since the 2008 team went 14-6. With one more conference victory, the Scarlet Knights will have won three BIG EAST games in the same season for the first time since the 2000 squad went 3-2.
The unit has recorded a shutout in two of its last three games and three of its last five contests. Most recently, the squad shutout Indiana (Oct. 20). The Rutgers defense held Georgetown to zero shots on Oct. 12. The Scarlet Knights held an opponent to no shots for the first time since at least the 2009 season. It marked the seventh time in 2013 that RU held an opponent to five or less shots.
Rutgers in the NCAA
RU ranked 16th in the nation in shoutouts per game (0.27) and 19th in penalty corners per game (7.73) through games of Oct. 20. Individually, senior Sarah Stuby (Roxbury, N.J.) sits 15th in save percentage (.758) and 18th in goals against average (1.39).
Rutgers in the BIG EAST
The Scarlet Knights were at the top the BIG EAST in penalty corners, sitting third in penalty corners (7.73/g) and goals against average (1.46). Junior Sophie Wright (Devizes, United Kingdom) sits eighth in the conference with 0.53 goals per game. GK Sarah Stuby (Roxbury, N.J.) is second in the league with a .758 save percentage through Oct. 20.
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