The Rutgers field hockey team continues to shine this season and earned its highest national ranking on Tuesday after a pair of Big Ten victories last weekend.
After defeating then #15 Northwestern on the road last Friday, the Scarlet Knights dominated Indiana 4-0 on Sunday. Rutgers is now 11-4 on the season and 3-4 in conference play. They’ll host #7 Iowa (12-4; 4-3) this Friday at 3 p.m. before closing out the regular season on Sunday at home against American (7-5). Rutgers continues to march towards its first NCAA bid since 1986. Their current RPI ranking is 11th in the country and have an opportunity to move up this weekend, as Iowa is 12th and American is 29th. The Big Ten is such a strong league, as five teams are ranked in the top 13 of the latest RPI rankings. Only 18 teams make the NCAA Tournament, so Rutgers needs to close out the season on a positive note.
In other news, two players earned Big Ten Weekly Honors for their performances last weekend. Daphne Groothuis was named co-Offensive Player of the Week, while goalkeeper Gianna Glatz was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Two Big Ten Players of the Week for #RUFH!— Rutgers Field Hockey (@RUFieldHockey) October 15, 2018
Daphne Groothuis: #B1GFH Offensive Player of the Week
Gianna Glatz: #B1GFH Defensive Player of the Week
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Groothuis registered three goals and an assist combined in the two Big Ten victories over the weekend. She leads the conference in points per game (2.27) and is seventh in the country, while also leading the Big Ten in assists per game (0.80), good for third best in the nation.
Glatz allowed just one goal in two games and produced her seventh shutout of the season in the win over the Hoosiers. That mark is tied for tops in the nation and her goals per game average of 1.24 is second in the Big Ten this season.
Rutgers field hockey has been outstanding this fall and here is a video of head coach Meredith Civico discussing the win over Indiana.