You could say that things are going pretty smoothly for No. 23 Rutgers Field Hockey (4-0) right now. With Friday’s 1-0 win over Cornell, the team remains undefeated on the season with three shutouts and a ranked win over St. Joe’s. Rutgers dominated offensively, despite only having one goal to show for it, with an advantage in both shots (24-3) and corners (14-0).
But the lone goal served its purpose and helped the Scarlet Knights win the game. Redshirt junior Austyn Cuneo would break the scoreless tie with about five minutes remaining in regulation. Rutgers controlled the entire game, tallying 15 shots and nine corners in the second frame alone. Cuneo would help score on their 14th corner of the game.
Cuneo now shares the team lead in goals with three; Daphne Groothuis also has three. Cuneo also led the team in shots with nine; Groothuis had five. With her assist on Cuneo’s goal, sophomore Kerrie Burns ties her career high with four points so far this season. Linde van Schaik also picked up an assist.
Rutgers goalkeeper Gianna Glatz made three saves en route to picking up her third shutout of the season and sixth of her career. Cornell goalkeeper Maddie Henry made 12 saves.
For the second consecutive year, the Scarlet Knights have started the season with four straight wins. Last season, they fell 4-1 to then No. 12 Princeton for their first loss of the season.
They will close out their five-game home stand with a Garden State matchup Sunday morning against now No. 6 Princeton. The game is scheduled to begin at 11AM at the Bauer Track & Field Complex. This is the game to be at.