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Both soccer teams are looking to better position themselves for tournament time. And both cross country squads had good finishes at the Met Championship.


A grueling loss to Penn State in a downpour was a distant memory as the Knights bounced back with a resounding non-conference win over Yale.  That was followed up by a thrilling win in overtime against the then-conference leading No. 25 Wolverines on the road. Leading scorer Jason Wright put away the golden goal two and a half minutes into overtime to lead the Rutgers men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Michigan on Saturday at UM Soccer Stadium. The Knights have an opportunity to solidify their position in the standings on Friday when they face Northwestern.

Results and upcoming schedule

10/06/15 vs. Yale Piscataway, N.J. W, 5-2
10/10/15 at Michigan * Ann Arbor, Mich. W, 1-0 (OT)
10/13/15 at Penn Philadelphia, Pa. 5:00 p.m. ET
10/16/15 at Northwestern * Bridgeview, Ill. 8:00 p.m. ET
10/20/15 at Army West Point, N.Y. 7:00 p.m. ET

Non-conference matchups during the week have been good for the Knights. Since Big Ten play started, RU is 2-0-1 in mid-week contests outside the conference.

2015 Men's Soccer Standings

Conference Overall
W-L-T % Pts. W-L-T %
Maryland 2-1-2 0.600 8 6-3-3 0.625
Michigan 2-1-2 0.600 8 5-3-3 0.591
Ohio State 2-1-1 0.625 7 6-4-2 0.583
Penn State 2-2-1 0.500 7 5-4-2 0.546
Northwestern 2-2-0 0.500 6 5-5-1 0.500
Rutgers 2-3-0 0.400 6 6-4-1 0.591
Michigan State 1-1-2 0.500 5 5-4-2 0.546
Wisconsin 1-1-2 0.500 5 2-8-2 0.250
Indiana 1-3-0 0.250 3 7-4-1 0.625
Updated through 10/10.


Two home games this week against a team tied with them in the standings and against one of the leaders will help to define the women's season.  After a 1-0-1 weekend, the women find themselves tied for sixth place.  Against the Hoosiers, the Scarlet (10-2-1, 3-2-1 Big Ten) saw senior Samantha Valliant score her team-leading third game-winning goal in the 21st minute before classmate Hayley Katkowski shut the door with a goal in the final 30 seconds of the first half. The tie with Purdue was disappointing with the Knights outshooting the Boilermakers and dominating on corners.

2015 Women's Soccer Standings
Conference Overall
W-L-T % Pts. W-L-T %
Minnesota 6-1-0 0.857 18 11-2-2 0.800
Penn State 5-1-1 0.786 16 10-2-2 0.786
Michigan 5-1-1 0.786 16 10-4-1 0.700
Wisconsin 5-1-1 0.786 16 8-4-3 0.633
Northwestern 4-2-1 0.643 13 10-3-2 0.733
Rutgers 3-2-2 0.571 11 10-2-2 0.786
Ohio State 3-2-2 0.571 11 8-3-3 0.679
Illinois 2-2-3 0.500 9 8-3-3 0.679
Michigan State 2-2-2 0.500 8 6-3-4 0.615
Purdue 2-4-1 0.357 7 7-6-1 0.536
Nebraska 1-4-2 0.286 5 5-6-2 0.462
Indiana 0-4-3 0.214 3 3-7-5 0.367
Iowa 0-6-1 0.071 1 6-7-1 0.464
Maryland 0-6-0 0.000 0 5-9-0 0.357
Updated through 10/11.

Results and upcoming schedule

10/08/15 vs. Indiana * Yurcak Field W, 2-0
10/11/15 at Purdue * West Lafayette, Ind. T, 0-0
10/15/15 vs. Ohio State * Yurcak Field 7:00 p.m. ET
10/18/15 vs. Penn State * Yurcak Field 1:00 p.m. ET


Senior Paige Senatore and the Rutgers women's cross country team brought home the Metropolitan Cross Country championship title for the second consecutive year.  Rutgers won the 2015 team championship with three top 10 placements while Senatore knocked 14 seconds off last year's championship performance in claiming first place for the second straight season. A Scarlet Knight has won the individual title 13 times since 1993 and Senatore becomes the fourth Rutgers repeat individual champion.  Senatore completed the 5K course at Van Cortland Park in 18:05.2, besting last year's time of 18:19.4. Allyson Black raced to a third place time of 18:43.9 and Alexandra Juzwiak clocked in at 19:23.4 to place eighth.


The men's cross country team placed third at the Metropolitan Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Friday. It marked the best finish for the team at the Mets in six tries.

Host Fordham earned the team title, producing a first-place time of 2:13.52.

RU was led by sophomore Trent Brinkofski, who completed the race in seventh with a time of 26:54.7. Senior Jaimin Vekaria just missed joining Brinkofski in the top-10, finishing 11th with a mark of 27:02.8.  Freshman Conor Murphy registered a 15th-place finish with a time of 27:11.1, while classmate Dominick Munson placed 26th at 27:39.3.


A strong start to the season has leveled off as the team has gone 1-5 over the last three weekends of play. Over that span, the big issue has been scoring, as the Knights have been outscored 24 - 7 in the six contests.

Results and upcoming schedule

10/09/15 at Ohio State * Columbus, Ohio L, 3-0
10/11/15 at Miami (Oh) Oxford, Ohio L, 7-1
10/16/15 vs. Penn State * TV Piscataway, N.J. 3:00 p.m. ET
10/18/15 vs. Maryland * Piscataway, N.J. 12:00 p.m. ET


Last year, the volleyball squad was winless in Big Ten competition.  With the Big Ten as strong as it is, it isn't getting any easier for the Knights.  Eight Big Ten squads are ranked in the Top 25 and another two "received votes".  Both of the losses by the team this past week were to ranked teams.  Minnesota was No. 11 and Wisconsin was No. 16 (now 15).

10/09/15 vs. Wisconsin * College Ave. Gym L, 3-0
10/11/15 vs. Minnesota * College Ave. Gym L, 3-0
10/14/15 at Michigan * TV Ann Arbor, Mich. 7:02 p.m. ET
10/17/15 at Michigan State * TV East Lansing, Mich. 7:00 p.m. ET


The Rutgers tennis team finished competition at the Bulldog Invitational in New Haven, making appearances against Harvard, Dartmouth and a split squad compromised of players from Yale and Pittsburgh during the three-day event.

On Sunday, in doubles play, junior Ksenija Tihomirova and sophomore Chloe Lee captured a victory against Yale's Carol Finke and Sherry Li, 6-0, 6-4. In singles action, Tihomiruva defeated Yale's Valerie Shklover, 6-1, 6-4, while senior Lindsey Kayati secured a 6-3, 6-3 win over the Bulldog's Caroline Lynch.

In doubles play, Lee and Tihomiruva picked up a victory aainst Dartmouth in no. 2 doubles, defeating Allison Chuang and Julienne Keong, 8-7 (4). Senior Mariam Zein delivered the lone singles victory against Dartmouth, a 5-7, 7-5, 10-7 triumph over Keong.

Rutgers opened up the invitational on Friday against Harvard, as the Scarlet Knights captured two doubles wins against the Crimson. Zein and senior Gina Li won against Annika Ringblom and Erika Dosterhout, 8-3, while Kayati and junior Farris Cunningham added an 8-6 victory against June Lee and Isabel Jasper. Cunningham also contributed a 7-5, 6-0 singles win over Jasper during the first day of action.

Results and Upcoming Events

Bulldog Invitational
10/09/15 Bulldog Invitational Yale
10/10/15 Bulldog Invitational Yale
10/11/15 Bulldog Invitational Yale
10/19/15 vs. Fordham East Brunswick Racquet Club 2:00 p.m. ET


Rutgers rowing competed in the Navy Day Regatta in Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 10.

"It was great to see the team execute the race plan and carrying over what they have learned in practice into their race," said head rowing coach Max Borghard. "The team is looking forward to racing in Boston at Head of the Charles"

The Scarlet Knights rowed in the Women's Collegiate JV8+ and the Women's Open/Collegiate 8+ in their first event of the fall. The Rutgers Varsity 8 finished fifth out of 20 boats with a time of 14:14.98, while the JV8 finished ninth in a field of 19 boats in 15:08.20.

Upcoming Schedule

10/10/15 Navy Day Regatta Philadelphia Results above
10/17/15 Head of the Charles Boston All Day