WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Catherine Badolato (Berlin, NJ) scored with 4:49 remaining in the second overtime to lift the Rutgers field hockey team (3-1) to a dramatic 4-3 victory over William and Mary (3-1) on Sunday, Sept. 5, in Williamsburg, VA.
Forward Mary Szymonowicz (Piscataway, NJ), a preseason All-BIG EAST selection, lived up to her billing on Sunday, tallying a career-high three goals. She started off the scoring 11:20 into regulation, netting a goal off a penalty corner. Jocelyn Mattina (Bethlehem, PA) and Tiffany Klebez (Milford, PA) picked up assists on the play.
Just five minutes later, Szymonowicz made the score 2-0 when she took a pass from Bobbi Jo Adams (Port Norris, NJ). The Tribe answered with a goal from Shannon Karl with just over 10 minutes remaining before halftime, but Szymonowicz completed her first-half hat trick with another goal just 1:13 before intermission.
“We moved the ball well today,” said Szymonowicz. “Every time the defense would rotate and give us a chance to shoot, we took advantage of it. I was fortunate to put the ball in the back of the cage.”
Karl scored William and Mary’s second goal five minutes into the second half, but the Tribe didn’t pull even with RU until Kelly Giles converted a penalty corner with just 1:17 to play in regulation.
After neither team scored in the first overtime, Badolato made her first collegiate goal one to remember. She took a pass from Jamie Fraser (Voorhees, NJ) and ended the game with 4:49 remaining in the final overtime period. For Fraser, it was her second assist of the game.
“This was a huge win for us,” said Klebez. “We knew after Friday’s game [a 5-1 loss to Virginia Commonwealth] that we had to come out with more intensity. Everyone played well and it paid off. I think we showed a lot of heart.”
“I’m very proud of this team,” said head coach Liz Tchou. “It’s was a fantastic win, not only because it was against a quality opponent, but also because of the way we won. After William and Mary scored at the end of regulation, we could have hung out heads. But we didn’t, and that showed a lot about the character of this team.”
In goal, freshman Kristin Van Rooij (Den Bosch, The Netherlands) played all 95 minutes and made 10 saves. William and Mary outshot the Scarlet Knights, 25-14, and held a 16-4 advantage in penalty corners.
Rutgers returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 9, as it opens a four-game homestand against Michigan State. Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m.