No. 19 Field Hockey Wins B1G Opener at Michigan State in OT

EAST LANSING, Mich. – No. 19 Rutgers field hockey (4-3) battled back to win its Big Ten opener at Michigan State (3-2) on Friday afternoon by a 3-2 score in overtime. The Scarlet Knights’ last three wins have all come in extra time.

The Scarlet Knights erased a 2-1 deficit with five minutes left in regulation to force overtime on the road. Indy van Ek put Rutgers up 1-0 in the first quarter, Puck Winter scored her first collegiate goal with 5:15 remaining to equalize, and Iris Langejans converted a penalty stroke 6:31 into extra time for the Big Ten victory. Winter was effective on both ends of the turf with an integral defensive save in overtime to keep the contest alive for Langejans’ eventual game-winner.

Amanda Beck picked up her first collegiate point in her 51st career game in putting the Scarlet Knights ahead 1-0 with an assist. Beck rocketed a pass deep into the Spartan circle, where van Ek was waiting to collect, spin, and fire into the cage for the first-quarter advantage.

Despite Rutgers dictating much of the offensive action, the contest remained tied at 1-1 heading into the fourth quarter. The Spartans took their 2-1 lead just 57 seconds into the final period.

With time ticking away, Langejans inserted one of Rutgers’ 11 penalty corners to the top of the circle, where Winter tapped it in and blasted a low shot into the goal to tie it up at 2-2.

Three minutes and change into overtime, Michigan State nearly grabbed the game-winner with a shot on a goal and the goalkeeper out, but Winter was back to pick up the defensive save and keep Rutgers in the game.

With 3:29 left in the first overtime period, it was Rutgers with the chance on goal with the Spartan keeper out of position. The defensive save attempt on Carly Snarski’s shot was played illegally, and a penalty stroke was called. Langejans stepped up to the spot and calmly lifted a shot into the upper left corner of the cage to hand Rutgers the overtime triumph.

Rutgers outshot MSU, 22-9, including a 13-6 advantage in shots on target. Rutgers goalkeeper Sophia Howard made two stops. The Scarlet Knights forced Michigan State goalie Monique Jardell to make 10 saves, and took 11 corners compared to the Spartans’ four.

RU improves to 10-8-1 against Michigan State all-time. Van Ek moves into a tie for team-lead with two goals on the season, while Winter and Langejans picked up their first.

The Scarlet Knights head home 1-0 in the Big Ten before a brief return to non-conference play on Sunday, Sept. 18 against No. 24 Delaware at 1 pm at Bauer Field.

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