Rutgers field hockey (1-0) opened their 2018 season with a 3-0 win over the University of Richmond (0-2) Sunday afternoon. This was their first shutout victory in a season opener since 2004 when Bobbi Jo Adams scored the only goal in a win over Georgetown almost exactly 14 years ago.
The first half was scoreless with the Scarlet Knights outshooting the Spiders 11-1. They found their groove as the game went on and despite not scoring, they did just about everything else right.
Rutgers failed to score on any of their three corners in the first half. They did not allow a shot until about the 28-minute mark and sophomore Gianna Glatz made a tremendous save and then another later on in the game en route to her fourth career shutout.
About 10 minutes into the second half, sophomore Daphne Groothuis, the team’s leading scorer last season with 22 points, scored on a penalty stroke to give Rutgers the lead. That goal would ultimately end up being the game winner. Groothuis also added an assist later in the game on sophomore Kerrie Burns’s goal off a corner to double the Scarlet Knights’ lead.
Sophomore Kassidy Shetler cushioned the lead with her third career goal with 11 1⁄2 minutes remaining in the game.
Rutgers finished the game with 25 shots and 10 penalty corners, and held Richmond to just three shots and one corner. Richmond’s goalkeeper Emily Braunewell made 15 saves, including several great saves on corners. Forward Austyn Cuneo led the team in shots with seven while Groothuis had six, and Burns and Shetler each had three.
The Scarlet Knights will continue their five-game home stand to open the season on Friday, August 31 when they host Hofstra at the Bauer Track & Field Complex at 1PM.