No. 18 Rutgers field hockey picked up a huge win on the road in conference play on Friday, defeating No. 21 Ohio State 1-0. Katie Larmour scored the game winner in the first quarter off the first corner of the day. The Scarlet Knights stellar defense did the rest in shutting down the potent Buckeyes offense.
Ohio State entered the game fourth in the nation in scoring, averaging 3.5 goals per contest. Rutgers goalkeeper Gianna Glatz proved why she is one of the best in the country, registering five saves to hold the Buckeyes scoreless for the first time all season.
Rutgers jumped ahead early thanks to Larmour’s team leading sixth goal of the season. Annie Walsh picked up the first assist of her career.
The Buckeyes turned up the pressure in the second half, but Glatz rose to the occasion, making four of her five saves in the game after halftime. Here is a crucial one late in the game.
Ohio State (6-7; 1-4) held a 13-8 shot advantage in the game, but they could never breakthrough. It was Glatz’s third shutout of the season and sixteenth of her Rutgers career.
Head coach Meredith Civico said after the game, “This was a big win for us. Gianna Glatz had an outstanding performance in goal and the team was very composed and really controlled the game.”
Rutgers (7-6; 2-3) earned its third ranked win of the season and eighth in the past two years. The program now has fourteen ranked victories all-time, with eleven of them coming the past three seasons.
The Scarlet Knights entered this week with an RPI ranking of 18th and beating the Buckeyes (RPI ranking 26th) was huge to move ahead of them in the Big Ten standings and help their case for the NCAA Tournament. Rutgers looks to continue in a positive direction this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, taking on Michigan State (6-8; 0-5) in East Lansing.