PISCATAWAY, NJ – Kristin Van Rooij (Den Bosh, The Netherlands), a freshman goalie on the Rutgers field hockey team, has been named the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced today.
Van Rooij enjoyed a successful weekend in her Rutgers debut, notching a shutout in a 1-0 win over Georgetown on Saturday, Aug. 28, and followed that up with a 13-save performance in a 3-2 triumph over Saint Joseph’s on Sunday, Aug. 29.
Against the Hoyas, Van Rooij did not make a save in 70 minutes of action, thanks in large part to a defense that held Georgetown to just four shots, none of which were on goal. The defensive effort was led by senior Tiffany Klebez (Milford, PA), juniors Kara Spector (Easton, MD) and Heather Graver (Vincentown, NJ) and sophomore Kirsten Graham (Cinnaminson, NJ).
In RU’s victory over Saint Joseph’s, Van Rooij made 13 saves, including eight in the second half. With the Scarlet Knights holding their slim one-goal lead, she stopped SJU’s Nicole Antonini on a shot in front of the cage late in the second half.
The Scarlet Knights (2-0) are off to their best start since 2000 when they
opened with three consecutive wins. Rutgers returns to action on Friday, Sept.
3, when it travels to Richmond, VA, to face Virginia Commonwealth