It's still early. And the games have been close. Nonetheless, the men's team is still in last place in the conference, despite the fact that its overall record is no worse than third place Northwestern. The loss to Penn State was in last week's monsoons, which included a 2 1/2 hour power outage delay. And despite all that, the head coach felt good about the team's play.
"The guys deserve so much more than that score line. The second goal was against a run play typical of a game where you are pressing and chasing to get that tying goal," said head coach Dan Donigan. "I'm very happy and pleased with the way these guys are playing. For me, I'll take that 90 minutes of play out of my guys any day of the week. I would think percentages would give them more wins than these results. I thought we did very well."
Earlier in the week, RU took out any frustrations they had on Loyola (Md) with an 8-0 win. Redshirt senior JP Correa netted the game-winning goal in the sixth minute and later tacked on three assists to finish out the game with five points. Sophomore Jason Wright also added in a pair of goals in the win with junior Erik Sa and senior Mitchell Taintor also contributing a goal and an assist in the victory.
2015 Men's Soccer Standings
Results and upcoming games
|9/29/15||vs. Loyola (Md.)||Piscataway, N.J.||W, 8-0|
|10/03/15||vs. Penn State *||Piscataway, N.J.||L, 2-0|
|10/06/15||vs. Yale||Piscataway, N.J.||7:00 p.m. ET|
|10/10/15||at Michigan *||Ann Arbor, Mich.||11:30 a.m. ET|
As well as they're playing, the women still find themselves in eighth place. The two losses two weekends ago set back the team, but they've bounced back with a win and a tie (over a good Michigan squad) to prepare themselves for a closing push. Playing in the driving rain of last Friday, the Scarlet Knights (9-2, 2-2 Big Ten) registered the game-winner, as sophomore forward Colby Ciarrocca put MSU (6-2-3, 2-1-1 Big Ten) away with a score in the 82nd minute from senior Cassie Inacio in a 1-0 final.
"Given the conditions, I felt we played some good soccer and created chances. We were unlucky not to finish more, but I think Michigan State is a very talented team," said head coach Mike O'Neill. "It was important for us to do what we needed to do on the attack, but be aware of how dangerous they were on the counter. It was a good win."
The Knights wrapped up the weekend with a 1-1 draw against Michigan. Rutgers got on the board in the 72nd minute of play when senior defender Brianne Reed took a throw in from the far sideline and nearly 35 yards out. Reed heaved the ball into the box and it bounced around and off a Michigan defender into the back of the net. The two teams then played two scoreless OT periods for the draw.
2015 Women's Soccer Standings
Results and upcoming games
|10/02/15||vs. Michigan State *||Yurcak Field||W, 1-0|
|10/04/15||vs. Michigan *||Yurcak Field||T, 1-1|
|10/08/15||vs. Indiana *||Yurcak Field||7:00 p.m. ET|
|10/11/15||at Purdue *||West Lafayette, Ind.||1:00 p.m. ET|
Their play has been good, with close games against quality teams. The results, though, haven't been there for Field Hockey as they are 0-4 in conference play. Like the men's soccer team, their overall record is as good as fourth place Indiana, but at 0-4, they sit in last place in the B1G. They face a big test on Friday in Columbus against the Buckeyes.
2015 Field Hockey Standings
Results and upcoming games
|10/02/15||at Michigan State *||East Lansing, Mich.||L, 5-4 (2OT)|
|10/04/15||vs. Ohio||East Lansing, Mich.||W, 2-1|
|10/09/15||at Ohio State *||Columbus, Ohio||3:30 p.m. ET|
|10/11/15||at Miami (Oh)||Oxford, Ohio||12:00 p.m. ET|
Women's Cross Country
The Rutgers women's cross country team braved the rain for the 42nd running of the Paul Short Invitational last Friday morning. The Scarlet Knights were paced by an eighth place finish by senior Paige Senatore. The senior Scarlet Knight clocked in at 20:44 and finished only 17 seconds behind first place and also bested last year's mark by 42 seconds.
Facing adverse weather conditions for the second straight outing, the Rutgers men's golf team finished fifth with a 587 (299-288) at the rain-shortened Macdonald Cup in New Haven, Conn. on Saturday.
With no team finishing under par throughout the duration of the tournament, Harvard captured the 15-team event with an eight-over-par 568. Striling University, from Scotland, claimed second with a 12-over-par 572, followed by fellow Big Ten Conference member Minnesota with a 580.
Sophomore Toks Pedro led the Scarlet Knights with a four-over-par 144 (70-74), finishing tied for seventh in the field. After round one, Pedro was tied for third with an even scorecard of 70.
When virtually everyone in conference is ranked - or at least it seems that way - it isn't easy to move up or win. Such is life in the Big Ten. Eight Big Ten teams are in the Top 25, including No. 3 Penn State and No. 4 Nebraska. One other team "received votes".
In the weekend opener at No. 9 Purdue, despite a surge in the second set of the match, the Rutgers volleyball team fell to the Boilermakers on Friday night at Belin Court at Holloway Gymnasium. Purdue claimed the match by scores of 25-17, 25-22 and 25-14, as the Scarlet Knights were topped by their second ranked opponent in as many matches.
Rutgers volleyball came out strong at Indiana Saturday night, but after dropping the first set the Hoosiers rallied to defeat the Scarlet Knights in four sets at University Gym. RU opened with a 25-21 win in the opening stanza, but Indiana bounced back, 26-24, 25-20, 25-19, for the victory.
Rutgers drops to 3-12 overall and 0-3 in Big Ten Conference action. Indiana's win improves the Hoosiers to 12-4 overall and 2-2 against league competition.
2015 Women's Volleyball Standings
Results and upcoming contests
|10/02/15||at Purdue *||West Lafayette, Ind.||L, 3-0|
|10/03/15||at Indiana *||Bloomington, Ind.||L, 3-1|
|10/09/15||vs. Wisconsin *||College Ave. Gym||7:00 p.m. ET|
|10/11/15||vs. Minnesota *||College Ave. Gym||2:00 p.m. ET|
|10/14/15||at Michigan *||Ann Arbor, Mich.||7:00 p.m. ET|
Swimming & Diving
RU entered its first competitive event of the 2015-16 season, wrapping up the Florida Gulf Coast University Classic on Saturday in fourth place with a score of 297.5.
"We had another great day as a group and saw a lot of improvement and fast times for this time of the year," said head coach Petra Martin. "I'm proud of the whole group for stepping it up, racing with confidence and having a great attitude. We learned a lot this weekend but also improved a lot and had a great time together."
Fellow Big Ten Conference member Ohio State finished first at the invite with team total of 410, followed by the host Eagles with a score of 394.5. South Carolina rounded out the top three with a team mark of 346.