SYRACUSE, NY – Jennifer Noon (Shavertown, PA) scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season to lift Rutgers (4-4, 1-0 BIG EAST) to a 1-0 victory over Syracuse (3-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) in the BIG EAST conference opener for both teams at Syracuse’s J.S. Coyne Stadium.
Noon’s goal came on a penalty corner just under five minutes into the second half. Megan Cech (Moorestown, NJ) and Colleen Maniere (Princeton Junction, NJ) were credited with assists on the play. For Cech, it was her team-leading third assist of the season.
For the remainder of regulation, the Rutgers defense clamped down on Syracuse to preserve the 1-0 victory. Senior goalkeeper Meris Burton (Wilmington, DE) made four of her five saves in the second half to register her second shutout of the season.
“This is a great win for us,” first-year Rutgers head coach Liz Tchou said. “We looked at the beginning of the BIG EAST season as a test for us, and tonight we passed the first of five tests. I thought both teams played hard, especially on the defensive end. We kept the pressure on and finally broke though with a goal. I’m very proud of our effort and progress as a team.”
The win for Rutgers snapped a three-game losing streak and was the Scarlet Knights’ first win over Syracuse since a 1-0 decision on Sept. 22, 2000. Syracuse outshot Rutgers 10-5 and held a 9-3 advantage in penalty corners.
“It was really important for us to start out the conference season with a win,” said Cech, who’s sister, Colleen, played for Syracuse from 1997-2000. “We knew that if we played hard and took advantage of our chances, we’d have a chance to win. It will give us a lot of confidence as we go further into BIG EAST play.”
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 23, when they travel to St. Joseph’s University to face Drexel. RU returns home on Friday, Sept. 26 against BIG EAST foe Villanova.
Rutgers (4-4, 1-0) 1, Syracuse (3-4, 0-1) 0
Score by period
1 2 Final
Rutgers 0 1 1
Syracuse 0 0 0
RU 40:10 Jennifer Noon (Megan Cech, Colleen Maniere)
Shots on goal: Syracuse 10, Rutgers 5
Penalty corners: Syracuse 9, Rutgers 3
Goalkeeper saves: Rutgers (Burton) 4, Syracuse (Wagner) 2