Sun., Oct. 22
1 p.m. at Yurcak Field (Piscataway, N.J.)
Rutgers (8-6-3, 4-4-1)
vs. Northwestern (9-4-4, 3-4-1)
Senior Day (12:38 p.m.)
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Rutgers topped Ohio State (8-6-2, 4-4-1), 1-0, on a rain-drenched Thursday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The integral three points cements the Scarlet Knights firmly in the Big Ten playoff picture with one match day remaining. The win marks Rutgers’ highest RPI victory of the season with the Buckeyes ranked No. 30.
Becci Fluchel netted the lone goal in the 49th minute, blasting a shot off an Allison Lynch cross that was given space by a brilliant long ball by Sara Brocious into the corner. Redshirt freshman keeper Olivia Bodmer notched her eighth solo shutout of the season with four saves.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern is 9-4-4 overall and are fighting for their postseason lives with 11 points (3-4-2) on the Big Ten table, currently outside the top-eight cutoff for the conference tournament. The ‘Cats are unbeaten over their last three with wins over Iowa (2-1) and Minnesota (3-0), and a hard-earned 2-2 draw against No. 4 Penn State.
The high-scoring Wildcats are led by 22 points apiece from Meg Boade (4g, 14a) and Ella Hase (10g, 2a). Boade ranks second in the country and leads the conference with her14 assists, while Hase is 26th nationally and third in the B1G with 10 goals. Reiley Fitzpatrick has a 1.08 goals-against average in net with five shutouts and a .723 save percentage.
Rutgers holds a 4-3-2 advantage in the series, including a 3-1 record in Piscataway and a 3-2-2 record as Big Ten regular season opponents. Last season, the sides worked to a 1-1 draw in Evanston before the Wildcats claimed a 2-1 victory in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, also in Illinois. Rutgers’ last win in the series came in 2019 – a 2-0 triumph in New Jersey.
Rutgers celebrates Senior Day on Sunday, honoring the careers of 10 Scarlet Knights. Graduate students Allison Lynch, Jessica Schildkraut, Gia Vicari, and Grace Walter, and seniors Sam Kroeger, Becci Fluchel, Giana Romano, Sara Brocious, Allison…