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Rutgers field hockey splits weekend games against Syracuse, St. Joseph's

Senior back Kerrie Burns, freshman midfielder Lucy Bannatyne and the Rutgers field hockey team faced two formidable opponents over the weekend, losing to St. Joseph and defeating Syracuse. – Photo by

The No. 8 Rutgers field hockey team wrapped up a two-game weekend, taking on ranked opponents. They lost to No. 17 St. Joseph’s 2-1 but defeated No. 16 Syracuse 3-2.

Friday’s matinee matchup against the Orange (3-2, 0-0) went to double overtime before the Scarlet Knights (4-1, 0-0) came out with a win.

Following a penalty in the first quarter, senior midfielder Gianna Mancini found the back of the net for the first time of the season. In the second frame, junior midfielder Carly Snarski buried her second goal of the year with a helper from senior midfielder Milena Redlingshoefer.

That’s how the score remained until the second half when the Orange tied the game at 2 in the fourth. Rutgers mustered two shots in the first overtime and held Syracuse to none.

In the second overtime, freshman forward Lucy Bannatyne took the ball from one side of the field to the other and buried a backhanded shot propelling the Knights to their first win over the Orange since 2003. Bannatyne leads Rutgers in goals with 3.

The Knights doubled Syracuse’s shot total, with 18 total, including six in the first quarter. Senior goalkeeper Gianna Glatz recorded three saves in the victory.

Sunday afternoon saw the first Rutgers loss of the season. After a scoreless opening quarter, Freke Van Tilburg netted a goal for the Hawks (4-2, 0-0).

Manu Ghigliotti added the second and final goal for St. Joseph's in the third quarter.

With the Knights up against a wall and 8 minutes remaining in the final frame, senior midfielder Katie Larmour scored her first tally on the season. Senior back Kerrie Burns and Redlingshoefer had the assists. Rutgers was unable to add another goal as time expired on the prospect of an undefeated season.

The Hawks outshot the Knights 11-7 and had the advantage in shots on goal, 5-3. Glatz got the start and made three saves in the loss.

Rutgers suit up for their fourth straight ranked opponent on Friday as No. 22 Monmouth makes a trip north to the Banks.

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