The No. 2 Rutgers field hockey team split the two games of their last regular-season road trip, the defeat coming against No. 3 Michigan by a score of 3-0 and the victory against No. 18 Ohio State, 3-1.
In their first shutout loss of the season, the Scarlet Knights (13-3, 5-2) had the first two and only shots of the first quarter but weren’t able to capitalize. The Wolverines (13-2, 5-2) offense started in the second quarter.
On five first-half shots, Michigan scored once, as Abby Tamer found the net while the final seconds ticked off from the second half. Senior goalkeeper Gianna Glatz saved two penalty strokes from the Wolverines, while Rutgers never had the chance to take a penalty stroke.
Almost exactly halfway into the third quarter, Michigan found the back of the net again, this one resulting from a corner that fell onto the stick of Anouk Veen. Five minutes later, the Wolverines added a third goal scored by Kathryn Peterson. During the third quarter, Michigan fired seven shots at Glatz while the Knights’ offense failed to register a shot.
Rutgers couldn’t get a shot off in the final frame, but the Wolverines managed to get another two shots off with the game ending 3-0.
Looking to bounce back from their first loss in three weeks, the Knights scored less than 3 minutes into their matchup with the Buckeyes (7-9, 1-6). Freshman midfielder Lucy Bannatyne had her backhanded shot find twine for her fifth goal of the year.
Ohio State countered 2 minutes later as Sarah Charley found the back of the net. Both teams had two shots in the first 15 minutes. Rutgers had the only two shots of the second quarter. The game remained tied after two quarters of play.
With 12 minutes elapsed in the third quarter, senior midfielder Tayla Parkes notched her third tally of the season, giving the Knights the lead. Graduate student midfielder Katie Larmour had the assist. Bannatyne added another goal with 5 minutes remaining in the game. Both of Bannatyne’s goals came unassisted. Glatz ended the day with four saves.
Rutgers is back on the field this Friday and Sunday for their last two games of the regular season. First, they take on Michigan State and then wrap up their season later in the weekend with Lafayette.
For updates on the Rutgers field hockey team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.