PISCATAWAY, N.J. – No. 20 Rutgers box hockey will shuttle to College Park, Maryland for a Sunday showdown opposed to the Maryland Terrapins. The recreation at 4 p.m. can be nationally televised on Big Ten Network, with Brendan Gulick and Jeanne Shin-Cooper at the name. Rutgers enters the matchup at 7-6 total and 3-3 within the Big Ten, whilst No. 2 Maryland is 13-1 total and leads the convention with an unbeaten 6-0 mark in league video games.
The staff has been offensively balanced, with its 19 aims coming from 9 other gamers. Among the ones 9, seven have more than one aims, whilst 3 Netherlands natives (Iris Langejans, Marique Dieudonne and Indy van Ek) proportion the staff lead with 3 aims. Langejans paces the squad with 4 assists and 10 issues.
Last weekend, RU earned its perfect ranked win of the season Saturday in a large victory, taking down No. 3 ranked and the protecting nationwide champion (*20*) Wildcats, 2-1. Indy van Ek and Iris Langejans scored aims within the opening quarter for RU, and robust staff protection during allowed that ranking to dangle up. The pair every earned a Big Ten weekly award for their exploits, and Langejans earned the staff’s first nationwide award of the season because the nationwide Defensive Player of the Week by means of the NFHCA.
“Our win over Northwestern, that was the moment where everything came together,” Bridy Molyneaux stated. “To do it in front of so many of our alumns was really awesome. They way we played in the game, both of offense and defense, that was what Rutgers field hockey is about. This felt like we were finally all in it, all together. We’re looking to keep that success going.”
The recreation used to be a part of RU’s weekend stuffed with celebrations in commemorated of the 50th anniversary of Title IX. The Scarlet Knights, who wore particular Title IX warmups pregame, additionally hosted a big contingent of alumni for a pregame brunch and a postgame fish fry. The massive crew of alumns, which spanned more than one generations, used to be known pregame within the anthem walkout, and lend a hand create a raucous setting which fueled the staff within the victory.
RU had a impressive effort in protecting down Northwestern’s Bente Baekers, who entered the sport with 18 aims thru 12 video games, main the country. RU held her goal-less for simply the 3rd time this season and with no level for simply the second one time.
The victory over No. 3 (*20*) represented Rutgers’ fourth ranked win of the season and the perfect total. The win tied a prior win over No. 3 (*20*) for the perfect ranked win within the common season in RU program historical past. The solely upper ranked win for RU got here final season over No. 2 Michigan within the Big Ten Tournament championship recreation.
RU now has 4 wins up to now 5 conferences with (*20*), and every win got here with (*20*) ranked No. 4 or upper. After beginning the all time sequence 0-5, RU is now 5-3 within the final 8 conferences within the sequence. After a program file 13 ranked wins final season, RU now has 36 ranked wins all instances, they all coming underneath head trainer Meredith Civico and 33 of them coming for the reason that get started of the 2017 season.
Through 13 video games, RU is 5-4 at house and 2-2 at the highway. In the ones 13 video games, RU has confronted 9 ranked groups in an especially tricky agenda. The Scarlet Knights’ previous two video games have come opposed to the staff ranked No. 3 nationally, that kicked of a stretch of six directly video games to conclude the common season opposed to ranked groups, together with 4 opposed to top-five
After graduating 10 seniors from final 12 months’s first ever Big Ten Tournament successful squad, together with 8 starters, RU has a brand new glance to the lineup this 12 months. RU includes a conventional beginning lineup of Iris Langejans, Puck Winter, Elise Pettisani and Isabella Mancini at again, Guillermina Causarano, Vicky Jure and Lucy Bannatyne at midfield, and Marique Dieudonne, Bridy Molyneaux and Rachel Houston at ahead.
Among that crew of eleven starters, 4 of them (Winter, Pettisani, Jure and Dieudonne) entered the season with 0 occupation collegiate video games performed. Mancini and Howard, two of the staff’s captains along Causarano, had blended for simply 5 occupation begins getting into the 12 months.
“The win over Northwestern was about proving to ourselves that if we stick to our gameplan and play with confidence, passion and pride, we can beat everyone,” head trainer Meredith Civico stated. “We want to be peaking as a team in October and that’s what we’re doing, playing our best hockey at this time of the year. We have a tough schedule coming up and we have the opportunities coming up to win some more big games. We’re taking it one game at a time and we’re playing our best hockey of all season at the right time. I’m really proud of the group and where they are right now and really excited for this upcoming stretch of games.”
Maryland enters the weekend 13-1 total and 6-0 within the Big Ten. The Terps’ lone loss this season got here in double-overtime at No. 7 Princeton. Since then UM is on a six-game successful streak and outscoring combatants 28-4 following an 11-0 win Tuesday opposed to Georgetown. Their file comprises seven ranked wins this season.
Hope Rose, an All-American final 12 months as a freshman, leads the staff with 27 issues. She stocks the staff lead in aims with Brown switch Danielle van Rootselaar, as every has 10. Bibi Donraadt, a First Team All-Region variety final 12 months, has 8 aims and a team-best 9 assists for 25 issues. Duke switch Leah Crouse has added seven aims and 4 assists for 18 issues. In target, Paige Kieft has a .606 save share and 1.42 goals-against-average, making improvements to the ones marks to .611 and 1.16 in conference-only video games. The Terps are within the top-three nationally in aims, assists, issues, scoring common and scoring margin.
Maryland holds a 34-4-1 merit within the all-time sequence as opposed to Rutgers. However, the Scarlet Knights earned a ancient win within the final assembly with this system’s first win over the Terps since 1998. The victory used to be the primary win for Rutgers’ head trainer Meredith Civico opposed to the college she received a countrywide championship for in 2005.
The win marked RU’s first victory over Maryland since 1998, the overall Big Ten foe for RU to defeat since becoming a member of the league. RU were given a target from Milena Redlingshoefer and 12 saves from Gianna Glatz to earn a 1-0 victory in spite of being outshot 15-6 and out cornered 6-0.