Men’s Soccer (0-6, 0-3 B1G)
If you appreciate moral victories, the you’ll feel for Rutgers men’s soccer and its 2-1 double overtime loss to Maryland. At 0-5, RU had not scored a goal in any of those games. The Terps came in to Yurcak Field at No. 4. You do the math.
But RU’s Dante Perez scored the team’s first goal and David Greczek made eight saves to push UMd into OT, where the visitors scored the golden goal in the 104th minute of play.
"I'm really proud of the performance of our guys. They now see what it takes and the way they need to perform for 90 plus minutes against a high caliber team like Maryland," said head coach Dan Donigan. "It's tough to go through what these guys are going through and I give them a lot of credit for that performance. They know that none of us are giving up and that hoepfully this can give them a jolt of confidence."
The strong performance against the Terps didn’t change the results as RU traveled to Columbus. A close decision, but the same result, as the Buckeyes dropped the Knights, 3-1. Junior Neil Guzman scored the lone RU goal.
Field Hockey (5-2)
There’s no other way to describe it: a rout. A 13-0 win over Siena raised the Knighrts season record to 5-2 as they prepare for the tough Big Ten schedule. With 13 goals, we’ll just refer you to the website for the details. Yeah, a little lazy.
But as a primer, Rutgers set a program record for goals in a game with those 13 tallies. The Scarlet Knights won their fourth straight game as senior Rachel Yaney scored a hat trick to lead RU.
RU hits the road this weekend, taking on Indiana on Friday and Iowa on Sunday.
Hosting it’s own invitational, the women finished second in a 12-team field at the Rutgers Invitational. Team captain junior Emily Mills scored a 220 (74-71-75) to win the 70-player tournament. The Knights carded a combined 934 (312-306-316) total.
“Finishing runner-up is a good start to our season,” said Rutgers head coach Kari Williams. “We expect to compete for the title in every event we enter. Emily played at a high level this weekend and we are all very proud of her performance.”
The women travel to Penn State next weekend for the Penn State Invitational.
Women’s Volleyball 4-9 (all tournament play)
It went five sets. And the first three were tight contests. But the Knights dropped the final match of the Rutgers Invitational to in-state rival Seton Hall, 3-2. It concluded a tough three loss weekend for RU.
Meme Fletcher posted her fourth double-double of the season to pace RU with 16 kills and 10 digs. Mikaela Matthews notched a season-high eight blocks in the loss.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Knights as the Big Ten schedule begins this Wednesday with No. 20 Penn State coming to New Brunswick.
Results and upcoming schedule
Women’s Cross Country
The women’s cross country team placed ninth at the Rider Invitational on Friday. The Scarlet Knights were led by junior Nisa Cicitta on the 6K course. Cicitta finished in a time of 23:42.21.Rider Invitational.
Men’s Cross Country
Sophomore Dominick Munson finished sixth overall as Rutgers men’s cross country placed fourth with a team time of 2:06.49 at the Rider Invitational Friday night in Pennington, New Jersey. Four Scarlet Knights crossed the finish line within the top 25 of participants to cap an impressive night in Rosedale Park.
Siena captured the team title with a mark of 2:05.10. Marist finished second with a result of 2:05.17, while The College of New Jersey had a time of 2:06.21, good for third.