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Rutgers field hockey to host Syracuse on Friday

Senior midfielder Tayla Parkes has started the season off with a team-leading 2 goals and looks to add to that total as the Rutgers field hockey team faces a formidable opponent in Syracuse. – Photo by

After starting off the season with three straight wins up and down the East Coast, on Friday at 2 p.m the Rutgers field hockey team will host Syracuse.

The matinee matchup serves as the home opener for the Scarlet Knights (3-0, 0-0), while the Orange (2-1, 0-0) hit the road for their first time this season. The last time the teams matched up, Syracuse took the win at home — an all too familiar story as Rutgers has yet to take down the Orange in their nine-game history, dating back to 2006.

Coming off a 2-1 overtime loss at the hands of Kent State, Syracuse looks to get things back on track. Before the defeat, the Orange shut out both Sacred Heart and Vermont, scoring a combined 13 goals.

Leading the scoring charge for Syracuse is Pleun Lammers. She has scored in all three games, including a hat trick in the season opener. In the first week of the season, Lammers scored 4 goals and had an assist, leading her to be crowned ACC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in her career.

Brooke Borzymowski has three saves, and both she and Louise Pert have made appearances in every game thus far.

While Lammers had the Orange team lead with 12 shots on goal (SOG), Eefke van den Nieuwenhof is second with ten SOG, two of which found the back of the net.

Tied for the Knights’ lead with 2 goals but firmly in first for assists with four is senior midfielder Milena Redlingshoefer. Senior midfielder Tayla Parkes and freshman Lucy Bannatyne are tied with Redlingshofer with 2 goals apiece. After the opening week of the season, Bannatyne was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sophia Howard got the start and played the first two complete games, only letting 2 goals. Senior goalkeeper Gianna Glatz helped take down UConn from between the pipes.

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