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Rutgers Olympic Sports: Field Hockey qualifies for B1G Tourney

Field Hockey & Men’s Cross Country showing strength as the fall season winds down

Start of the NCAA Division II men''s Cross-country championships at the Victoria Golf Club in Rivers

Field Hockey (8-6, 2-4 B1G)

The 2015 season was not one to promote for field hockey. A 7-11 record, winless in the Big Ten. It was not a fun time. But, as they say, time (and talent and effort) heal all wounds.

With a 3-1 road win over Ohio State on Sunday, the second conference win, Rutgers qualified for the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament beginning on Nov. 3. Following a disappointing loss on Friday (4-3), in which the Knights had a two-goal lead over Michigan State late in the game, it was a great recovery for the squad.

“I’m really happy for the team, coming back after a tough loss on Friday and beating Ohio State.,” head coach Meredith Civico said. “It was a very good game. The team executed the game plan well. We managed the game really well and showed a lot of maturity and composure. I’m really pleased and proud of the team. This was a really big win for us.”

Men’s Soccer (0-10-2, 0-5-2 B1G)

The agony continued as he men dropped their tenth game of the season without a win, this time to Northwestern at home, 2-1 in overtime. It was their second OT game of the season. The Wildcats got the tying goal in the 88th minute of play and then hit the game winner in the tenth minute of extra time.

“I give credit to Northwestern for continuing to battle and keep plugging away. We were two minutes away from three points in conference in an important game for both teams,” said head coach Dan Donigan. “Our depth has been reduced in the last few days, but those are things we have to manage and get through. It’s really unfortunate and we have to put this kind of thing behind us and move on to the next game.”

Jason Wright scored the lone RU goal; it was only his fourth goal of the season and only the tenth goal for the team all season. Dave Greczek made seven saves for the Knights.

Women’s Volleyball (4-17, 0-8 B1G)

It has been a continuing struggle for volleyball. After some early season tournament success, the Knights are winless in conference play, dropping two matches in the state of Indiana over the weekend. The Knights won one set versus Indiana before losing, 3-1 and were swept by the Boilermakers, 3-0.

The Big Ten is one of, if not the, best volleyball conferences in the nation. The top three teams (Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Minnesota) are all Big Ten. Another six B1G schools are in the Top 25. It does not get any easier for the Knights.

Men’s Cross Country

Following its second place finish at the Metropolitan Championships, RU headed down Route 27 for the Princeton Invitational. The Knights finished in sixth place out of 23 teams competing. Columbia captured the team title, followed by Yale and Penn.

Sophomore Conor Murphy was the top finisher for RU at 20th, crossing the line with a time of 24:42.9. Classmate Dominick Munson also joined Murphy within the top-30 of finishers with a 25th-place time of 24:44.7.

Wrestling...always promoting

Were you around Athletes’ Glen early on Saturday morning? Did you see the wrestling practice?

Why it is always appropriate and important to hate Michigan

Look, the rest of the conference does, and it has nothing to do with the 78 points that they put up on us. It has everything to do with jerks who put on their drool-stained UM sweatshirts and write stupid things. Not that we don’t have a few of our own but....

Go back up and see the Tweet I posted about Field Hockey beating Ohio State. And earning a spot in the Big Ten FH Tourney. This is what a Michigan fan wrote in response:

To which I replied:

Yes, I know I misspelled boors. Not that @CFBGOAT_ will realize it.

So, go ahead....

F*** Michigan!