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Rutgers Olympic Sports: Field Hockey gets first B1G win

An up and down week for Rutgers. Men's soccer continued its struggles, dropping its third in a row and five of its last six contests. Field Hockey became a B1G winner while Volleyball saw its sixth straight loss in B1G competition. To be fair, there are five Big Ten Volleyball squads in the NCAA Top 25.

Katie Champion, one of many who led Knights to first B1G win
Katie Champion, one of many who led Knights to first B1G win

Men's Soccer   Season record: 3-7-1, 1-3-1 Big Ten

Two losses for the men.  The Knights suffered a 5-2 loss on the road to Princeton before returning home and dropping a 3-0 match against Michigan.  Against the Tigers, Freshman forward Jason Wright scored both Scarlet goals in the. It was Wright's second multiple goal game of the season.  Against the Wolverines, Rutgers held the visitors scoreless in the second half.   For the second straight game, sophomore Mitchell Walier saw action in goal, recording five saves.  Against Michigan, the Knights drew a crowd over 1,031.

14/14 vs. Penn TV Yurcak Field 7:00 p.m. ET
10/18/14 vs. Northwestern * Yurcak Field 7:00 p.m. ET

Field Hockey  Season record: 6-7, Big Ten 1-4

Field Hockey broke the ice in Big Ten play with an exciting 3-2 win over Ohio State at Bauer Track & Field Hockey Complex.  The Knights saw Goals by Alyssa Bull (2), Sofia Walia (6), and Katie Champion (8).  Shavaun Hayes had three saves.  The Knights went on the road and dropped a 3-2 decision to Monmouth.  Rachel Yaney and Sophie Wright were the goal scorers for the Scarlet.

/17/14 at Penn State * State College, Pa. 3:30 p.m. ET
10/19/14 at Maryland * College Park, Md. 1:00 p.m. ET

Volleyball  Season record: 7-12, Big Ten 0-6

Volleyball continued to struggle, losing two conference matches to No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 23 Minnesota, both by 3-0 scores.  At Wisconsin, a crowd of 4,608 watched as the Badgers won.  It was the largest crowed the Scarlet Knights have ever played before.  Junior outside Alex Lassa notched 10 kills. Soph outside Micaela Anderson recorded four kills, a dig and a block. Freshman setter Talia Holze put up a team-high 14 assists. On defense, junior libero Ali Schroeter paced the squad with 12 digs. Against the Gophers, freshman outside Meme Fletcher led the team with five kills, while posting three digs and an ace. Sophomore middle Lauren Cloyd registered a team-high three blocks in the match.

10/17/14 vs. Michigan * College Ave. Gym 7:00 p.m. ET
10/18/14 vs. Michigan State * College Ave. Gym 7:00 p.m. ET


Women: It was a good week for the Women's Golf team as they took second place honors at both the St. John's Invitational and the Rutgers Invitational.  At St. John's, Rutgers came back on day two of competition with a 304, finishing with a final total of 629, 15 strokes behind champion Seton Hall University.  Three Knights finished among the top 10 competitors. Junior Gabrielle Sacheli tied for sixth individually with a 155 (81-74), sophomore Taylor Clark recorded a 156 (80-76) to finish in eighth place and Racquel Zurick fired a 157 (79-78) to tie for ninth.

At home, Rutgers led the 17-team tournament by six shots entering the final round. RU finished one stroke behind champion Long Island University. Junior Gabrielle Sacheli took third-place honors with a 147 (72-75) that paced the team. Sacheli was even in par three scoring with 23 pars and four birdies.

Men's schedule

Maryland Invitational
10/13/14 Maryland Invitational Rockville, Md. All Day
10/14/14 Maryland Invitational Rockville, Md. All Day
Lehigh Invitational
10/18/14 Lehigh Invitational Bethlehem, Pa. All Day
10/19/14 Lehigh Invitational Bethlehem, Pa. All Day

Cross Country

Women: It was a championship week for the women ,as Rutgers won the Metropolitan Championships held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, with RU's Paige Senatore as the individual champion.  Rutgers had Knights had five runners place in the top 10 and eight post top 20 times in the field of 109.  Senior Allison Payenski finished third with a time 18:35.5 and was followed by two other Scarlet Knights. Freshman Megan Coakley finished in a time of 18:37.7 for fourth and Brianna Deming, the 2011 champion, posted a time of 18:42.5 for fifth.  Head coach James Robinson was very pleased with the results.  "The women had fantastic performances today! They all improved about one minute each from running on the course at the Fordham Fiasco a month ago, where we won team title as well. We will set our sights on training more intensely as we set our sights on the Big Ten Cross Country Championships next."

Men: Finished fourth at the Metropolitans.  RU was led by junior Jaimin Vekaria in ninth place overall. His time of 26:46.7 was less than a minute off the top finisher, Quincey O'Connor of champion Fordham. Two freshman also gave the Scarlet Knights a pair of top 20 finishes. Trent Brinkofski placed 15th with his time of 26:58.6 and was followed by Luke Wiley in 16th in a time of 26:59.0.

10/18/14 Princeton Invitational Princeton, N.J. All Day

If you can't get to a home contest, many are broadcast - and rebroadcast - on RVision, BTN or BTN Plus