The No. 15 Rutgers field hockey team delivered its biggest win of the season over No. 6 UConn 2-1 in double overtime on Friday night. The Scarlet Knights are now 3-0 on the season that includes three road victories and two over opponents ranked in the top 12 nationally.
After a scoreless first period in which Rutgers outshot UConn 3-0, they took the lead with Carly Snarksi scoring the first goal of her career in the second period. It was assisted by Kerrie Burns.
The game remained 1-0 as All-American goalkeeper Gianna Glatz made twol key saves in her season debut to keep the Scarlet Knights ahead into the fourth quarter.
Chofa gets out in transition but Glatz is able to deny the freshman to keep the Scarlet Knights ahead, 1-0, in the fourth. pic.twitter.com/q1MpF26lgt— UConn Field Hockey (@UConnFHockey) September 3, 2021
The Huskies kept attacking through and finally found the equalizer midway through the fourth quarter as Sophia Ugo tied it with a goal in transition.
After the game was tied at the end of regulation, Rutgers ramped up the attack in overtime. The team’s fifth shot of the extra session produced the game winning goal as Milena Redlingshoefer scored on a penalty shot. She leads the team with eight points this season so far.
⚔️ Third win all-time and first win since 2001 over UConn— Rutgers Field Hockey (@RUFieldHockey) September 4, 2021
⚔️ Seventh top-10 win for #RUFH in past three seasons
⚔️ Fifth time in last four seasons #RUFH claimed a win over a team ranked in top-6 nationally
Recap the #RUFH win over No. 6 UConn: https://t.co/xLKbJGubwX pic.twitter.com/fiKxsiRH8m
Rutgers held a decisive 15-5 edge in shots and 7-2 in corners in the game. Glatz made two saves in the victory just days after earning a bronze medal as the starting goalkeeper for Team USA at the Junior Pan American Games last week. Key defender Abby Regn missed her third consecutive game with injury.
The Scarlet Knights defeated UConn for just the third time in 33 meetings and for the first time in 20 years. They also got some payback for the 2018 NCAA Tournament loss at the hands of the Huskies. It also tied the highest ranked road win under head coach Meredith Civico, matching a victory over No. 6 Princeton in 2018. RU has now beaten seven top ten ranked teams over the past three years.
Next up, Rutgers will host its first home game of the season against No. 14 Syracuse (2-0) next Friday at 2 p.m. ET.