Rutgers Field Hockey Knocked Out of Big Ten Tournament
It was not the ending anyone expected. No. 5 Rutgers Field Hockey fell short of its goal of returning to the top of the Big Ten mountain, losing to Maryland 2-1 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Rutgers stands at 16-3 as it awaits word on its NCAA Tournament bid.
After two scoreless periods, Lucy Bannatyne put Rutgers out in front when she caught up to the ball that was tailing away from her and slapped it behind herself and into the goal.
Unfortunately with 9:43 left, Maryland found a way to tie the game on a shot by Margot Lawn. Four minutes later the Terps were on the board again, this time for good, when Maci Bradford connected on her 10th goal of the year to give Maryland a 2-1 lead.
Rutgers did have one last shot on a a corner kick with 4:40 to go, but were quickly denied.
A great and historic season now takes a pause as the Scarlet Knights await word on their NCAA bid. The 18-team bracket will be announced on Sunday night.