PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Nov. 12, 2013) – The Rutgers field hockey team completed its season with a 9-9 overall record and a 2-5 mark in the BIG EAST. The 9-9 finish gave the Scarlet Knights their first .500 record at season’s end since the 2008 squad went 14-6.
Rutgers had a challenging schedule, with eight games against ranked opponents. In games against ranked foes, RU lost five of them by just one goal and picked up a win over No. 16 Drexel on Oct. 6. The 1-0 win over the Dragons marked Rutgers’ first win over a ranked opponent since taking down No. 19 Albany, 3-2, on Aug. 24, 2012.
The Scarlet Knights were led offensively by junior Sophie Wright (Devizes, United Kingdom) and freshman Rachel Yaney (Bridgewater, N.J.), who tallied 19 and 10 points, respectively. Wright, who was named to the 2013 All-BIG EAST Second Team, also led the team in goals (nine) on the season. Senior Lisa Patrone (Washington Township, N.J.) and freshman Ashpal Kaur Bhogal (Leeds, England) led the team in assists with five each.
On the defensive side of the field, freshman Sofia Walia (Surrey, British Columbia) led a defense that allowed just 1.83 goals per game and held Georgetown to zero shots on Oct. 12. For her efforts, Walia joined Patrone as a 2013 All-BIG EAST Second Team member.
In the cage, senior Sarah Stuby (Roxbury, N.J.) led the team with 56 saves in 12 starts. Stuby split time with freshman Shevaun Hayes (Melbourne, Australia), who notched 39 saves in six starts. Hayes recorded 23 total saves on the year including an impressive 150:00 minutes of total shutout play against Villanova (Oct. 4) and No. 16 Drexel. Hayes posted the most saves by an RU player in a single game in 2013 with 13 vs. No. 5 Old Dominion on Nov. 1.
Sophomore Katie Champion (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) was one of the clutch performers this season for RU. The sophomore scored two game-winning goals against Lafayette (Sept. 29) and at Indiana (Oct. 20).
The Scarlet Knights received six BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognitions, including Hayes (twice), Wright (twice), senior Laura Rose (Washington Township, N.J.) and Stuby.
In her second season at the helm, head coach Meredith Long helped the program to its second most wins in a single season since 1999. With the win against Drexel, Long has beaten ranked opponents in each of her first two years guiding the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers sent off six seniors: Danielle Freshnock (Middletown, N.J.), Patrone, Kaitlyn Plouse (Hummelstown, Pa.), Rose, Emily Strong (Medford, N.J.) and Stuby.
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