HARTFORD, CT – Katie Morad (Marlton, NJ) scored a career-high three goals at the Rutgers field hockey team (5-9, 1-2 BIG EAST) opened up a 3-0 hafltime lead on Providence and registered a 4-2 victory over the Friars on Saturday afternoon at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
The Scarlet Knights, who were playing without leading-scorer Mary Szymonowicz (Piscataway, NJ), got a much-needed lift from Morad, who opened the scoring just 1:17 into the contest when she scored off a rebound. Ten minutes later, she made the score 2-0 on another unassisted goal.
With just 25 seconds remaining in the first half, Morad took a pass from Jaime Fraser (Voorhees, NJ) and Jocelyn Mattina (Bethlehem, PA) and gave the Scarlet Knights a comfortable 3-0 halftime lead. Mattina finished the day with a career-high two assists.
“We were finally able finish our opportunities,” said head coach Liz Tchou. “This was a very up-and-down, offensive-oriented game, but our defense hung in there and it helped that we played from ahead the entire game. We’re happy with the win, but now we have to turn our attention to the two remaining BIG EAST games on the schedule.”
Providence (6-8, 0-2 BIG EAST) refused to go away, however, and scored back-to-back goals within three minutes of each other to open the second half. Melissa McGow netted her sixth goal of the season to make the score 3-1, and Kati Lary followed just two minutes later, cutting the lead to 3-2.
Led by goalie Rosalyn Wentko (Dallas, PA), the Rutgers defense was able to settle in, and Fraser added RU’s important insurance goal with 17:00 to play in regulation. Wentko finished the game with seven saves, while her counterpart, Meredith Jones, stopped 10 shots. The Scarlet Knights had 20 shots, just one shy of their season high.
“We worked a lot this week in practice on our offense,” said Morad. “When we got the lead, everyone seemed to play more relaxed … it was nice to not have to come from behind. It was one of those days when my shots were going in, and my teammates deserve a lot of credit for creating the scoring chances.”
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Saturday, Oct. 16, when they travels to face No. 6 Connecticut. Gametime is slated for 1:00 p.m.