Rutgers Field Hockey took down nationally ranked No. 3 Northwestern 2-1 in Piscataway on Saturday. Photo Rutgers Athletics.

The 2023 schedule is finalized for Rutgers Field Hockey.

The Scarlet Knights are coming off an 8-10 season in 2022 and feature a team full of diverse talent from around the globe.

Four players hail from the Netherlands; two players are from Argentina, and two from New Zealand. 10 players are locally from New Jersey.

The season opens August 16 against Temple in preseason action. The regular season gets going August 25 with the first of a seven game road trip when Rutgers visit UC Davis.

Rutgers will face Stanford (August 27) and Cal (August 28) before coming back to the East Coast for visits to UConn, Villanova, Penn State, and inter-state rival Princeton.

Rutgers home opener will be September 17 against LeSalle.

Big Ten play begins September 28 when Rutgers hosts Maryland; the Michigan Wolverines come to town on October 6.

Indiana (October 20) and Northwestern (October 22) round out the home slate of games this year for Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights are coming off an incredible international trip to the Netherlands and Belgium, where they face the junior national teams in both nations, and went up against Victoria Hockey Club in Rotterdam.

Head Coach Meredith Civico, a guest on Fox Sports on the Road this week, said the trip was an incredible experience that has prepared her athletes for the upcoming season.

You can hear that discussion Saturday morning at 8:30 on Fox Sports New Jersey 93.5 FM 1450 AM.

5 Things You Need To Know: USA Women's FIFA World Cup

The Women’s FIFA World Cup is just hours away from kickoff. In anticipation of the 2023 games, we will highlight five things you need to know about the USA Women’s FIFA World Cup team.

Although we’ll get underway in New Zealand, this is the first time two countries will serve as the host nations. Australia is the other. Four cities and stadiums will be the site of the games in New Zealand. Furthermore, five cities and six stadiums will be used in Australia.

The opening ceremonies are planned to take place at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand prior to the first game between New Zealand vs. Norway. This is a 50,000 capacity stadium. “The ceremony will feature mind-blowing, electrifying performances showcasing the cultural diversity and heritage of New Zealand and Australia,” Goal.com states.

This year’s World Cup will feature 32 different nations. This is eight more than previous tournaments. In addition, eight nations will be making their FIFA World Cup debut.

USA

The USA Women’s FIFA World Cup team has been placed in Group E. This includes Vietnam, Portugal, and the Netherlands. In total, there are eight different groupings. USA’s group is aligned to New Zealand for the first round of play.

To date, the USA Women have won four World Cup titles. They are the defending champions, beating the Netherlands during the 2019 tournament in France. Before that the USA Women’s team also won the World Cup in 2015, 1999 (the Brandi Chastain winning penalty kick year) and 1991.

Although the USA is ranked #1, they are considered a young team. NPR explained that “Nine players on this year’s U.S. roster were part of the 2019 champion team. This includes Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz.” Five players remain from the 2015 team.

Excitement is surely mounting. Team USA has now been in New Zealand for a week. In anticipation of their defending title run, here are five additional things you need to know about the USA Women’s FIFA World Cup team.

  • New Uniforms

    Back in April, new uniforms were debuted by Nike. USA will wear white when they are the home team, and blue when they are the away team. Nike crafted this uniform using innovative techniques emphasizing player comfort and staying cool.

     

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  • A Massachusetts Player Is On The Roster

    #22 Kristie Mewis was born in Weymouth, and grew up in Hanson. She graduated from Whitman-Hanson Regional High School where she was a three-time All-American midfielder. Unfortunately, Samantha Mewis (Kristie’s sister) is not on this year’s World Cup team due to a knee injury she is currently recovering from.

     

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  • This Is Megan Rapinoe's Last World Cup

    Rapinoe recently announced her retirement. Therefore, this will be her last World Cup experience. #15, this legendary midfielder/winger is the oldest member of the team at 38 years old. The youngest player is Alyssa Thompson, an 18-year-old forward. She is sporting an iced-blue hair color look for 2023 Cup.

     

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  • Equal Pay Bill

    The United States women’s soccer team has had a  long battle to be paid as much as the men’s team. “The Equal Pay for Team USA Act, passed late Wednesday, will require all athletes representing the United States in global competition to receive equal pay and benefits in their sport, regardless of gender,” ESPN reported back in December.

    USA pose for a photo during the New Zealand Football Ferns official FIFA Women's World Cup.

    USA pose for a photo during the New Zealand Football Ferns official FIFA Women’s World Cup. Photo by: Phil Walter/Getty Images

  • Alex Morgan and Lindsey Horan are the captains.

    There are 23 members of the team. This also includes Dennis Rodman’s daughter, #20 Trinity Rodman. The USA Women’s Team will play their first game on July 21 (9PM EDT). It will be vs. Vietnam and played in Auckland, New Zealand.

     

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