PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 12, 2012) – Rutgers field hockey came up with a huge BIG EAST win over Louisville in Friday afternoon’s matchup at Bauer Track and Field Complex. The Scarlet Knights were led by Danielle Freshnock (Middletown, N.J.) who knocked in two goals, and Sophie Wright (Devizes, U.K.) who also tallied a goal in the 3-1 victory. RU’s win notched its first-ever victory over Louisville in program history.
“This was a huge win for us,” said Coach Meredith Long. “Louisville is a great team. We needed to come out and play a full game against them, and our first half especially was great field hockey. Things got competitive, but we stayed composed and finished it out with a win. I couldn’t be more proud of this group of players and what they have accomplished.”
Rutgers came out attacking with a Freshnock goal in the sixth minute of play. After possessing the ball in the middle of the circle, the junior forward drew the goalie out of the cage and then snuck by her to blast a shot to the back putting RU up, 1-0.
After dominant control throughout the midfield, freshman playmaker Alyssa Bull (Oakville, Onatario) dribbled into the middle and shot a ball high, hitting the post. Wright gathered Bull’s rebound and slotted the ball past the Louisville keeper putting RU up, 2-0.
As the first half came to a close, Rutgers and Louisville were even on shots, and Louisville held a 6-3 advantage on penalty corners.
In second half action, Freshnock again started things off for RU, with a quick-turn shot from the right side, past the keeper, to the back left of the cage. Freshnock’s goal was six minutes and 27 seconds into the second half – the same exact time it took her to knock in her first-half goal. Freshnock now has five goals on the season, and Bull leads the squad in assists with five.
Despite the Cardinal’s score in the 51st minute of action from Alyssa Voelmle and a penalty stroke opportunity, Freshnock’s goal ended up the game-winner, sealing the 3-1 victory for RU.
At the end of the match, Louisville outshot Rutgers 10-8, and had 9 penalty corners to the Scarlet Knight’s four.
The RU defense held a strong line in the conference win, as sophomore Jenn Staab (Marmora, N.J.) recorded two defensive saves and junior keeper Sarah Stuby (Roxbury, N.J.) recorded five saves on the day.
Rutgers heads to Easton, Pa. for a nonconference matchup with Lafayette on Sunday at 2 p.m.
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