PISCATAWAY, NJ – For the second time in three weeks, Rutgers field hockey’s Meris Burton (Wilmington, DE) has been honored as the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 22.
Burton earns the award after a spectacular performance against Syracuse in RU’s BIG EAST opener on Saturday, Sept. 20. The senior goalkeeper made four saves and registered her second shutout of the season in Rutgers’ 1-0 victory. This season, Burton has a BIG EAST-leading 47 saves as well as a 2.26 goals-against average.
“I’m happy to see Meris get the recognition,” said Rutgers head coach Liz Tchou. “It’s really a testament to the entire defense. When Syracuse had opportunities on penalty corners in the second half, we did an excellent job of defending them and preserving our lead.”
The victory over Syracuse was Rutgers’ first against the Orangewomen since Sept. 22, 2000. It also marked the first time in three seasons that the Scarlet Knights won their BIG EAST opener.
Rutgers returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 23, when it travels to Saint Joseph’s University to take on Drexel at 1:30 p.m. The Scarlet Knights will return home to face Villanova on Friday, Sept. 26, at 8:00 p.m.