PISCATAWAY, NJ – Boston College’s Sara York scored a pair of second half goals as the 12th-ranked Eagles pulled away from Rutgers on Saturday in BIG EAST field hockey action at the Rutgers Stadium Complex.
Boston College (14-4, 3-2 BIG EAST) got on the scoreboard first when freshman Kerri Doherty was award a penalty stroke and poked the ball past RU goalie Kristin Van Rooij (Den Bosh, The Netherlands). With just six minutes to play before halftime, Kara Spector (Easton, MD) was issued a red card and Rutgers was then forced to play the remainder of the game with just 10 players.
Despite being undermanned, the Scarlet Knights (5-11, 1-4 BIG EAST) kept the score 1-0 late into the second half, but Sabrina Lizzari netted her team-leading 22nd goal of the season with 14:22 remaining in regulation to make the score 2-0. Kristin Madden, who left the ball for Lizzari following a penalty corner, was credited with the assist.
York’s goals came just five minutes apart, as she gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead with 6:30 to play and then scored off a rebound with 1:04 remaining in the second half.
For Rutgers of the offensive end, Katie Morad (Marlton, NJ) had three shots while Catherine Badolato (Berlin, NJ) had two. Boston College outshot Rutgers 22-9 and held an 11-4 advantage in penalty corners. Despite facing one of the best offensive attacks in the BIG EAST, Van Rooij made nine saves, just four shy of her career high (13 vs. Saint Joseph’s, 9/29/04). Heather Graver (Vincentown, NJ) made a diving defensive save early in the first half to preserve a scoreless tie.
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 26 when they host in-state foe Rider at the Rutgers Stadium Complex beginning at 7:30 p.m. Rutgers wraps up its regular season with home games against Rider (10/26), Lafayette (10/29) and Cornell (10/31).