No. 10 Rutgers field hockey won its seventh game of the season against a ranked foe with a 3-1 victory over No. 17 Princeton (3-5) on Sunday. It was also its fifth road win over ranked opponents and they did it in come from behind fashion. It was also the program’s third consecutive win over a ranked Princeton team.
After Beth Yeager scored her 8th goal of the season in the first quarter, the Scarlet Knights were able to tie the game in the second quarter with Liz Romano scoring off of a corner. It was 1-1 at halftime but RU was the aggressor as they held a 6-2 shot advantage at the break.
Rutgers continued to attack in the second half and took control of the game with two goals within a five minute span in the third quarter. Team points leader Milena Redlingshoefer found Kassidy Shetler on a penalty corner to break the tie. Soon after, Guillermina Causarano found Gianna Mancini, who scored a goal in a second straight game.
The Scarlet Knights finished the game with a 12-6 shot advantage including 7-1 with shots on goal. They also held a 6-3 edge on penalty corners.
It was the fourth straight win for Rutgers, all against ranked opponents. This team came through again just two days after the program’s highest ranked victory ever in a 2-1 triumph over No. 3 Northwestern on the road. The Scarlet Knights are now 8-1 on the season.
They’ll take their 1-0 record in Big Ten play into Friday’s showdown at home against No. 2 Iowa (10-0). The game is at 3 p.m. and will air live on Big Ten Plus. The undefeated Hawkeyes dominated No. 6 Penn State (6-2) on Sunday for a 4-0 victory. Meredith Civico’s team is battle tested and it should be ready for its toughest game of the season so far.