PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 8, 2012) – The Rutgers field hockey team concluded its 2012 season this past weekend, finishing with a 3-2 win over Columbia. The Scarlet Knights finished with a 9-10 overall record under first-year head coach Meredith Long, and fell just short of heading to the BIG EAST Championships. RU faced six nationally ranked opponents and took down then-No. 19 Albany, 3-2, where BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Alyssa Bull (Oakville, Ontario) tallied her first goal of the season. Bull is the first player in program history to be named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year.
In conference action Rutgers finished 2-4, first defeating Georgetown, 5-1, with a hat trick from junior Lisa Patrone (Washington Township, N.J.) and two goals from Bull. The Scarlet Knights also took down Louisville, 3-1, as junior Danielle Freshnock (Middletown, N.J.) notched two of her five season goals and sophomore Sophie Wright (Devizes, U.K.) tabbed her fifth of her six season goals.
Bull started and played in all 19 games for the Scarlet Knights and finished the season first on the team in assists (7), second in points (17) and third in goals (5). She recorded two of her five goals against ranked opponents (No. 19 Albany on Aug. 24 and No. 6 Maryland on Oct. 26).
Patrone led the Scarlet Knights throughout the season in points with 18 and goals with eight. Earlier in the season she received BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after a six-point effort to push Rutgers over Georgetown, 5-1. In Patrone’s breakout season, she has topped her previous five career goals and 16 career points. Patrone was named to the All-BIG EAST second team for her accomplishments.
Wright was another player who significantly bettered their season and career statistics. Both she and fellow sophomore Jenn Staab (Marmora, N.J.), who joined Patrone on the All-BIG EAST second team, earned starting nods in all 19 games for the 2012 season. Wright totaled 13 points on six goals, tied for second on the team with Cornelia Duffin (Moorestown, N.J.) and Christie Lonsky (Dingmans Ferry, Pa.), and Staab finished with three assists and three defensive saves.
Duffin more than doubled her goal production from last season with six goals in 2012 and finished her RU career with 18 points.
Lonsky was an integral part of the Rutgers offense, finishing second on the team in goals with six and dishing two assists for a combined 14 points.
Senior Scarlet Knights Carlie Rouh (Berlin, N.J.) and Chelsea Rota (Langhorne, N.J.) were a big part of the offensive attack and were often the key individuals involved in penalty corners. Rouh finished the season with four goals and three assists and upped her career totals to 11 and 13 respectively. She was also named to the All-BIG EAST second team. Rota finished with four assists and in 2012 and a combined five goals, four assists and 14 points in her time at RU.
Goalkeeper Sarah Stuby (Roxbury, N.J.) started all 19 games between the pipes and blocked a career high 109 shots. Stuby recorded a career and season high 11 saves against ranked opponents No.6 Maryland and eventual BIG EAST Champion Connecticut. After her third year as a Scarlet Knight and second year as a starter, she has combined her saves for a career 248 stops.
Rutgers will send off seven seniors: Lonsky, Duffin, Rouh, Rota, Ashley Yanek (Northampton, Pa.), Vickie Lavell (Haddon Townshipk, N.J.) Ilanna Kowski (Washington, N.J.). This group has led the Scarlet Knights to their best season since 2008 and most of the seniors were part of the 2012 squad that advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament.
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