PISCATAWAY, NJ – Freshman Marielle Zibman (Princeton Junction, NJ) picked an opportune time to score her first collegiate goal, as she redirected a shot by Mary Szymonowicz (Piscataway, NJ) late in the second half that proved to be the game-winning score for Rutgers as it knocked off Lafayette, 2-1, in field hockey action on Friday evening.
At the 8:14 mark of the second half, Rutgers (6-12) set up a penalty corner and Szymonowicz took a shot that was wide of the goal, but Zibman was in position to stop the shot and put it past Lafayette goalie Jill Lambert in the right corner of the cage. For the remainder of the half, the Rutgers defense put the clamps on Lafayette’s offense, not allowing a shot in the final eight minutes.
“Marielle was in the right place at the right time,” said head coach Liz Tchou. “In the last couple of games, we had missed on some chances just like that. Tonight was all about getting a win, no matter how we had to do it.”
After controlling play on the offensive end in the first half, the Scarlet Knights were finally able to break through with 12:54 remaining in the second half as Szymonowicz netted her team-leading seventh goal of the season. She corralled a rebound off the pads of Lambert and poked the ball in, giving RU its first lead of the game.
The advantage would be short lived, however, as the Leopards (4-13) responded just three minutes later as Amanda Eggleston beat Rutgers goalie Kristin Van Rooij (Den Bosch, The Netherlands) on a penalty corner with just 10:48 left to play.
The Scarlet Knights outshot Lafayette 19-7, including a 10-4 advantage in the first half. Van Rooij and Rosalyn Wentko (Dallas, PA) split time in goal, with Wentko stopping three shots. Rutgers also had a 9-2 edge in penalty corners. Rutgers’ offensive effort was led by Szymonowicz (one goal, one assist, six shots), Courtney Hudson (Churchville, PA) (five shots) and Kara Spector (Easton, MD) (five shots).
Rutgers returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 31, when it hosts Cornell at 2:00 p.m. in its regular season finale. The Scarlet Knights will honor their four seniors prior to the game.