FIELD HOCKEY SUFFERS 4-3 OVERTIME DEFEAT AT RUTGERS
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Despite a three-point effort from junior Hannah Loux (Souderton, Pa./Christopher Dock Mennonite), the Monmouth University field hockey team fell to Rutgers, 4-3, in overtime, Wednesday afternoon. Junior Amanda Schoenfeld (West Sayville, N.Y./Connetquot) and senior Alex Carroll (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) both registered goals for the Hawks (3-8), while Rachel Yaney, who scored the game-winning goal 5:27 into the overtime session, led the Scarlet Knights (7-5) with two goals.
RU’s Sophie Wright’s shot from five yards out put Rutgers ahead, 1-0, in the 22nd minute. The Hawks responded nearly 10 minutes later when Trish O'Dwyer (Dublin, Ireland/Loreto Beaufort) played the ball down the right side and sent a pass toward the goal mouth where Loux tucked it under Rutgers’ goalkeeper Shevaun Hayes for her second tally of the year.
With under a minute left in the opening half, Loux collected the ball inside the circle where she played a cross towards the back post where Schoenfeld lunged and tipped the ball into the empty cage for her team-leading fifth goal of the year, which gave the Blue and White a 2-1 lead. Rutgers answered quickly as Katie Champion flipped a shot over Monmouth’s goalkeeper Amanda Westerweller (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) into the netting with just nine ticks on the clock to allow the game to enter half deadlocked at 2-2.
Yaney registered her first goal of the game 2:01 into the second stanza as she collected the ball in the circle, pivoted and sent a low shot under the legs of Westerweller to allow the Scarlet Knights to regain a one-goal lead.
With less than 10 minutes left in regulation, O’Dwyer stickhandled her way into the circle, drawing a penalty corner opportunity. Freshman Alyssa Ercolino (West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional) sent an insert pass to Carroll who connected on a low, hard shot past Hayes to force overtime.
In the extra session, Yaney gave Rutgers the win when she collected a loose ball in the circle and fired a shot straight-on into the back of the cage for her fourth goal of the year.
Westerweller made seven saves in cage for the Blue and White, while Hayes was forced to make two saves for RU.
For the game, Rutgers outshot the Hawks, 19-10, and held a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners.
Monmouth returns home to So Sweet A Cat Field on Sunday, October 13th, for a match-up with the Red Flash of Saint Francis at 1 p.m. in its final non-conference tune up before Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play begins.
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