PISCATAWAY, NJ - Despite outshooting 15th-ranked Delaware 10-8 and holding a 6-0 advantage in penalty corners, the Rutgers field hockey (4-8) team lost a hard-fought 1-0 decision to the Blue Hens Wednesday evening at the Rutgers Stadium Complex.
Delaware (6-4) scored the contest’s only goal just 4:12 into the contest, as Amanda Warrington took a feed from Lauren Carr and put the ball in the back of the cage. Rutgers’ best scoring opportunity in the first half came when senior forward Mary Szymonowicz (Piscataway, NJ) had a shot sail wide left of the goal.
In the second half, Rutgers was able to generate four good scoring chances on penalty corners, including a shot by Szymonowicz that went in the cage but was nullified by the officials. The Scarlet Knights were able to keep Delaware at bay thanks in large part to a defense that allowed just eight shots – only two of which were on goal. The effort was led by senior captain Tiffany Klebez (Milford, PA), junior Heather Graver (Vincentown, NJ) and freshman Catherine Badolato (Berlin, NJ).
“I’m really proud of our effort tonight,” said head coach Liz Tchou. “We played like a Top 15 team, but it’s a shame that the team couldn’t feel the reward of winning. The team defensive effort was outstanding – to not allow any corners against a team the caliber of Delaware in remarkable. It’s a lot of fun to coach this team when it plays like it did tonight – with a lot of energy, passion and enthusiasm.”
“We felt like we controlled the game,” said Szymonowicz. “Delaware had two good chances, and took advantage of one of them. Our defense played awesome, but unfortunately we couldn’t finish a couple of our opportunities. I think we showed that when we play good hockey, we can compete with anyone.”
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Sunday, Oct. 3, when they face Boston University at Princeton’s Class of 1952 Stadium. Gametime is slated for 1:30 p.m.