STORRS, CT – The sixth-ranked Connecticut Huskies bounced back from their first loss of the season and registered a 6-0 victory over Rutgers in BIG EAST field hockey action on Saturday afternoon in Storrs, CT. With the loss, the Scarlet Knights fall to 5-10 overall and 1-3 in the BIG EAST.
Connecticut (14-1, 3-0 BIG EAST) received two goals apiece from Becky Helwig and Lizzy Peijs. Lauren Henderson, the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, scored first to open the scoring with just over 10 minutes to play in the first half. Three minutes later, Helwig beat RU goalie Rosalyn Wentko (Dallas, PA) to make the score 2-0.
Ahead 3-0 at halftime, the Huskies put the game away in the second half by scoring three goals in a six-minute span. In all, Connecticut outshot Rutgers 26-5. Wentko, however, made a career-high 10 saves against the vaunted Huskies’ attack, which came into the game as the highest scoring offense in the BIG EAST Conference.
On offense, senior Mary Szymonowicz (Piscataway, NJ) saw her first action since suffering an injury two weeks ago. Katie Morad (Marlton, NJ) and Kara Spector (Easton, MD) had all five of RU’s shots.
Rutgers returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 23, when it returns home to the Rutgers Stadium Complex for the first time in nearly a month to face BIG EAST rival Boston College. Gametime is set for 1:00 p.m. Beginning next Saturday, the Scarlet Knights close out their regular season with four consecutive home games