PISCATAWAY, NJ – Erica Hartwig (Medford, NJ) scored her first goal of the season with 6:35 to play in overtime to lift Rutgers (6-5) to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Monmouth (3-8) on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Rutgers Stadium Complex.
Hartwig scored on a scramble in front of the goal after Monmouth had successfully defended a penalty corner. The ball bounced off Monmouth goalkeeper Carrie Colbert’s pads and went directly to Hartwig, who poked the ball past Colbert. It was the last of three unanswered goals for RU.
“It was great to see us keep fighting after we got down,” said Rutgers head coach Liz Tchou. “A lot of credit goes to Monmouth – they played great tonight. The key for us is that we’ve learned how to focus on our task and not let anything distract us. It would have been easy to get away from our game plan, but we stuck to it and it paid off.”
Rutgers tied the game with 4:09 remaining in regulation when Kamilah Lalani (West Vancouver, BC) converted a penalty stroke. The goal was Lalani’s third of the season. Lalani beat Colbert to the upper right corner of the cage.
Trailing 2-0 following a goal by Monmouth’s Kirsten Hulmes early in the second half, Rutgers began its comeback when Jennifer Noon (Shavertown, PA) scored on a penalty corner. Colleen Maniere (Princeton Junction, NJ) was credited with an assist on the play. RU appeared to have tied the game with 19 minutes left in regulation, but a goal by Jamie Fraser (Voorhees, NJ) was disallowed when it was ruled to be outside of the circle.
Rutgers goalkeeper Meris Burton (Wilmington, DE) made eight saves. The Scarlet Knights held a 19-6 advantage in penalty corners and outshot Monmouth 18-7.
Rutgers returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 4 when it travels to Washington, DC, to face Georgetown at 1:00 p.m.
Rutgers (6-5) vs. Monmouth (3-8)
Score by period
1 2 OT Final
Rutgers 0 2 1 3
Columbia 1 1 0 2
MU Katie Niemezyk 24:52
MU Kirsten Hulmes 32:55
RU Jennifer Noon (Colleen Mainere) 26:25
RU Kamilah Lalani 4:09
RU Erica Hartwig 6:35
Shots: Rutgers 18, Monmouth 7
Saves: Rutgers (Burton) 8, Monmouth (Colbert) 7
Penalty Corners: Rutgers 19, Monmouth 6