PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers field hockey team (3-5) ended its four-game homestand with a 2-1 loss to Temple on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Rutgers Stadium Complex. Despite the setback, RU received a goal from senior Courtney Hudson (Churchville, PA).
Hudson gave Rutgers an early 1-0 lead when he took a pass from Jaime Fraser (Voorhees, NJ) and beat Temple goalie Erin Conroy. It was Hudson’s second career goal and also marked the fifth time in eight games that the Scarlet Knights have scored the game’s first goal.
Temple (4-4) answered just three minutes later when Andrea Duva tied the score at one. The game remained knotted through halftime, but the Owls scored the eventual game-winning goal just over six minutes into the second half. Caitlin Bowers netted an unassisted tally and the Temple defense snuffed out several late charges by Rutgers, including a pair of penalty corners.
In goal, Kristin Van Rooij (Den Bosh, The Netherlands) made four saves, including one on a penalty shot with 12:05 remaining before halftime. Her counterpart, Conroy, stopped four shots. Temple outshot Rutgers 10-9 and held a 6-4 advantage in penalty corners.
The Rutgers offense was led by Mary Szymonowicz (Piscataway, NJ), who had four shots, and Bobbi Jo Adams (Port Norris, NJ), who had two shots. Freshman Marielle Zibman (Princeton Junction, NJ) made her first career start.
The Scarlet Knights return to action when they travel to Franklin Field in Philadelphia, PA, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, to battle Pennsylvania. The game marks the beginning on a three-game road trip, one that also takes RU to Villanova (Saturday, Sept. 25) and West Chester (Sunday, Sept. 26).