PISCATAWAY, NJ – Despite a first-half goal from senior Jaime Fraser (Voorhees, NJ), the Rutgers field hockey team dropped its BIG EAST opener to Syracuse, 3-1, on Friday evening at the Rutgers Stadium Complex.
The Scarlet Knights (3-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) got on the scoreboard first when a diving Fraser poked the ball past Syracuse goalie Betsy Wagner. Senior Courtney Hudson (Churchville, PA) had the assist on the play. It was the fourth time in seven games this season that Rutgers had scored the games first goal.
Syracuse (2-4, 1-0 BIG EAST) answered, however, with unassisted goal from Meredith Gettel, who scored off a rebound following a penalty corner. The score remained tied through halftime before the Orange scored the eventual game-winning goal less then five minutes into the second half. Paige Sullivan took a pass from Jessica Dahle to give Syracuse the lead it would not relinquish.
Despite getting just two shots in the first half, Rutgers pressed for the equalizer, but could not solve Wagner. The Orange scored an important insurance goal with 16:39 to play when Jessica Lerew converted a pass from Meg Ryan.
“All the credit goes to Syracuse,” said head coach Liz Tchou. “I thought they played very well tonight, and didn’t allow us to get into our offensive flow. The best thing that can come out of a game like this is that we learn from it and move on.”
Syracuse outshot Rutgers 14-8 and held a 10-6 advantage in penalty corners. RU goalie Kristin Van Rooij (Ben Bosch, The Netherlands) made seven saves, including five in the first half. Wagner made three saves, all in the second half.
Rutgers returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 19, when it closes out a four-game homestand by facing former Atlantic 10 rival Temple at 1:00 p.m.