Rutgers Field Hockey continues to make waves in the 2023 Fall Sports season. The Scarlet Knights topped LeSalle 2-0 in the home opener, to improve to 8-0 on the season. It is the best start to a season Rutgers has enjoyed in Field Hockey since 2008 when it opened that year at 6-0.
The impressive start to the season has been accentuated by the fact Rutgers opened the season with seven straight on the road, including games against Cal, Stanford, UConn, Penn State, and Princeton.
On Sunday, Rutgers outshot LaSalle 15-7, including 10-2 on shots on goal.
Carly Snarski scored the opening goal of the game at the 17:24 mark to put RU up 1-0. Guillermina Causarano was credited with the assist after feeding the ball to Snarski on the left side of the goal.
Later in the second half, with Rutgers still holding onto a 1-0 lead, Puck Winter slapped a shot in the back of the net at the 54-minute mark to hand Rutgers a 2-0 advantage.
Goalie Sophia Howard pitched the shutout, recording only one save on the day. In eight games, Howard has a goals-against average of 0.56, while allowing only five goals in seven games played. She has recorded 28 saves on the year thus far.
Men’s Soccer Draws Even
Meanwhile, Rutgers men’s soccer drew to a 1-1 tie with Michigan State in the Big Ten opener. Jackson Temple tied the game in the 90th minute to send Rutgers to its first point of Big Ten play. The tie follows the Scarlet Knights’ 2-0 win over Columbia last week. The Scarlet Knights are 2-3-2 on the season thus far.
Women’s Soccer Falls to Indiana:
Finally, Rutgers women’s soccer came up short in a 3-2 loss to Indiana on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights fought back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game on goals by Gia Girman and Gia Vicari. Indiana’s Paige Weber scored the winning goal in the 84th minute.