After No. 3 Rutgers field hockey suffered a 3-0 defeat to No. 2 Michigan on Friday, the Scarlet Knights responded with a 3-1 victory over No. 18 Ohio State (7-9; 1-6) on Sunday. Both games took place on the road as RU is now 13-3 overall this season and 5-2 in Big Ten play. Their win over the Buckeyes is a program record ten victories against ranked foes in a season, including seven coming on the road.
Against OSU, true freshman Lucy Bannatyne scored twice for the first time in her career to tie Milena Redlingshoefer for a team high six goals this season. Her first goal came just three minutes into the game in what was a tremendous individual effort on a breakaway.
The Buckeye soon tied it just two minutes later in the first quarter and the score remained tied at halftime.
Late in the third quarter, Tayla Parkes scored her third goal of the season off of a deflection from a penalty corner from Katie Larmour to give Rutgers a 2-1 lead.
Bannatyne then put the game away in the fourth quarter scoring in an open net as Ohio State had pulled its goalkeeper in a desperation effort to even the score with the clock running out.
GOAL! Lucy Bannatyne scores her second goal of the day, firing the ball into a vacted net#RUFH takes a 3-1 lead at No. 21 Ohio State with 5 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter pic.twitter.com/TCma00G4md— Rutgers Field Hockey (@RUFieldHockey) October 24, 2021
“We played really well throughout the whole game,” Bannatyne said in a postgame interview broadcast live on Big Ten Network. “We started off with an early goal and then added another on a really great touch from Tayla on a straight strike from Katie. That helped put us ahead at 2-1 and then finishing it off with the third goal was just icing on the cake.”
Rutgers held a 9-6 shot advantage and 4-2 edge with corners in the game.
Goalkeeper Gianna Glatz made four saves in the victory, including this highlight worthy stop.
Rutgers will finish out the regular season this weekend at home. They’ll host last place Michigan State (7-7; 0-7) on Friday, October 29 and Lafayette (12-4) on Sunday, October 31. The Leopards are 1-2 against Big Ten competition this season, including a 4-0 win over Indiana and a double overtime loss to Ohio State. The Scarlet Knights will then host the Big Ten Tournament from November 4-7 with an eye on having a big weekend on their home field.