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Rutgers Olympic Sports: Round up time

Soccer - both men and women - deserved its own post and day. But the rest of the sports are up and running.

Field Hockey

Field Hockey is 5-2.  And those two losses are to ranked teams, each by just one goal.  For a squad that was 9-10 in 2014, this is a good start.  The Big Ten is a premier conference in field hockey, with four teams currently in the Top 20.

Playing two games over the weekend at Iowa, Rutgers field hockey scored early and often and often on Saturday , rolling past Missouri State by a 6-0 score. The Scarlet Knights got two goals from Nicole Imbriaco and tallies from Rachel Yaney, Katie Champion, Caitlin Nitschman, and Devon Freshnock to improve to 5-2 on the season.  In the first game of the weekend trip, the Knights fell to then-and-current No. 16 Iowa, 4-3.  The Hawkeyes and RU traded goals before the homestanding Hawks pulled ahead.

Results and Upcoming Schedule

9/18/15 at Iowa * TV Iowa City, Iowa L, 4-3
9/19/15 vs. Missouri State Iowa City, Iowa W, 6-0
9/25/15 vs. Northwestern * Bauer Track & Field Hockey Complex
2:30 p.m. ET
9/27/15 vs. Michigan * TV Bauer Track & Field Hockey Complex 12:00 p.m. ET


The Knights opened their own invitational with a solid win over Howard before dropping the next two matches.  Here again, the Big Ten is a dominating conference in the sport, with eight conference teams in the Top 25.  Penn State is the defending national champion and is currently No. 1 in the polls.

RU opens conference play this weekend at home.  Lauren Cloyd led the Scarlet Knights over the weekend, averaging 2.282 kills per set with a total of 31 kills.  Talia Holze notched a career-high 38 assists in her first start of the season, Alex Lassa brought her career kills total to 958 as she nears her 1000th career kill.while

Results and Upcoming Schedule

Rutgers Invitational
09/18/15 vs. Howard TV College Ave. Gym W, 3-1
vs. Princeton TV College Ave. Gym L, 3-0
09/19/15 vs. Duquesne TV College Ave. Gym L, 3-1
09/25/15 vs. Northwestern * College Ave. Gym 7:00 p.m. ET
09/26/15 vs. #9 Illinois * College Ave. Gym 7:00 p.m. ET

Cross Country

The Rutgers men's cross country team finished sixth at the Rider Invitational on Saturday at Rosedale Park in Pennington. The Scarlet Knights completed the event with a team time of 2:06.56, earning a team score of 127.

Monmouth captured the team title with a time of 2:05.03. Marist (2:05.26) placed second, while The College of New Jersey completed the race third with a time of 2:05.47.

Sophomore Luke Wiley was the top individual finisher for RU, finishing 21st with a time of 25:17.6. Freshman Dominick Munson completed the race 23rd (25:19.1), while fellow classmate Conor Murphy crossed the finish line with a time of 25:21.2, good for 25th place. Senior Jaimin Vekaria also finished within the top 30, coming in 27th with a time of 25:24.3.


The Rutgers men's golf team finished sixth at the Hartford Hawks Invitational, on Tuesday, concluding the tournament with a 10-over-par 874 (296-284-294). 
Connecticut captured the team event with an 11-under-par 853 (279-286-288).

"I thought we played pretty respectable," said head coach Rob Shutte. "Overall we had a lot of good rounds. Obviously, the result from this year left us a little hungry because we won this event a few years ago, but we played great golf at a tough course. We competed hard."

Senior Jonathan Chang enjoyed a successful tournament, finishing third overall with a seven-under-par 209 (70-66-73).  Sophomore Jack Panagos finished strong for the Scarlet Knights, carding a one-under-par 71 during the third round to finish 15th in the field.