For the last time until the end of the regular season, the No. 3 Rutgers field hockey team looks ahead to a two-game homestand this weekend, against No. 5 Maryland and Columbia.
Friday’s matchup against the Terrapins (9-4, 1-3) is the 15th time the teams have squared off. The Scarlet Knights (10-2, 3-1) have yet to win any. In their last matchup in April of last season, Maryland won 2-1. On the season, the Terrapins are outscoring opponents 40-20.
Both teams won their last two games, including a victory against the then-No. 12 Virginia for Maryland. Hope Rose scored the overtime winner and is second on the team with 6 goals. Rose has 27 shots on goal, good for first on the Terrapins.
With the team lead of 8 goals, Bibi Donraadt has taken 28 shots, and only 7 have missed the net. Maryland has gotten goals from 13 players including two who have 4 goals with another four having 3 goals
Getting the start in 13 games has been Noelle Frost. She has given up 19 goals for a goals against average of 1.49 and has made 41 saves.
Sunday’s matchup against the Lions (6-4, 0-3) is set to be the first matchup between the teams since 2012 when Rutgers emerged victorious 3-2. Columbia is riding a four-game losing streak and has a game against Yale before making the trip to the Banks.
The Lions have a mere four-goal advantage over opponents. They have two point scorers in Kelsey Farkas and Sophie Rockefeller with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Alexa Conomikes has gotten every start in net posting a 1.83 goals against average and letting up 18 goals.
Distribution of scoring has led to success for the Knights as four players have 4 goals and another four have 2. Senior midfielder Milena Redlingshoefer is a part of the 4-goal club and added eight helpers as well as 15 shots on goal. Senior back Kerrie Burns also has 4 goals, with three assists and seven shots on goal.
Freshman midfielder Lucy Bannatyne is making an impact early in her career. She sits among the top goal scorers on the team, and has added an assist.
Rutgers has been relying on senior goalkeeper Gianna Glatz between the pipes. In ten games she has surrendered 10 goals and accumulated a 0.97 goals against average.
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