PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers field hockey season came to an end with a 4-0 loss to Cornell on Sunday afternoon at the Rutgers Stadium Complex. With the loss, the Scarlet Knights finish their season 6-13 overall.
Cornell’s Gina Testa and Jamie Woolsey each scored a pair of goals as the Big Red (3-12) opened up a close game in the second half with three goals within 10 minutes of each other. Danielle Dunn assisted on two of Cornell’s four goals.
Prior to the contest, Rutgers paid tribute to their four seniors – Jaime Fraiser (Voorhees, NJ), Courtney Hudson (Churchville, PA), Tiffany Klebez (Milford, PA) and Mary Szymonowicz (Piscataway, NJ). The Scarlet Knights came out inspired in the first half, outshooting Cornell 6-5, including several good scoring chances that were snuffed out by the Big Red’s defense.
Cornell grabbed the lead with 2:03 to play in the first half as Testa scored off a feed from Sara Weiner. Rutgers pressed for the equalizer as the second half began, but Testa scored again just seven minutes into the second half and Woolsey scored the first of her two goals with 20:50 remaining in regulation. Woolsey closed out the scoring at the 17:46 mark of the second half.
For Rutgers on defense, Klebez played in her 70th career game, and was one of just three players this season to start all 19 games this fall. She is second all-time with 19 defensive saves. Szymonowicz finished as the team’s leading scorer with 16 points (seven goals, two assists), followed by Katie Morad (Marlton, NJ) with nine points (four goals, one assist).
The Scarlet Knights were a team dominated by youth in 2004, as the roster featured 12 freshmen. Goalies Kristin Van Rooij (Den Bosh, The Netherlands) and Rosalyn Wentko (Dallas, PA) combined to make 126 saves. Corinne Back (Moorestown, NJ) was the top offensive newcomer, tallying seven points (three goals, one assist).
As a team, RU’s season was highlighted by a 4-3 double-overtime victory against William and Mary on Sept. 5 that featured a three-goal performance from Szymonowicz. In BIG EAST play, the Scarlet Knights picked up a 4-2 victory against Providence on Oct. 9.