Rutgers field hockey inspired by upset alumni against Northwestern | Overview of Olympic sports

When No. 23 Rutgers upset the defending national champions and third-ranked Northwestern last Saturday, the team has done so for every player who has ever donned a Scarlet Knights field hockey uniform.

A slew of alumni were in attendance for Rutgers’ 2-1 victory as part of a weekend filled with celebrations in honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Former players have passed through generations and also participated in the pre-game huddle.

“It was very emotional. I think it really lit a fire under us, which is what we needed,” said junior Bridy Molyneaux. familiar faces and people who played for Rutgers at the time, it really sparked something in all of us, during the programming and all, my eyes filled with tears because it was such an inspiring and moving moment and they really helped us in our victory.


Enthusiastic alumni amplified Rutgers early on. The Scarlet Knights scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game. Indy Van Ek gave Rutgers a 1-0 lead, and shortly after Rutgers earned a penalty kick and Iris Langejans converted for the two-goal lead. Northwestern scored its only goal in the third quarter on a penalty stroke. Sophia Howard made three saves.

“The energy, atmosphere and pride around the program and how far we’ve come was just amazing,” Rutgers head coach Meredith Civico said. “The players could feel that, and to be able to beat Northwestern in front of that crowd, I think, was really special.”

Langejans was named Defensive Player of the Week by the Big Ten and Defensive Player of the Week by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. His defensive efforts helped contain Northwestern’s Bente Bakers, who entered the game leading the nation with 18 goals. With Iris defending, Baekers went scoreless in a game for just the third time this season and the second time this year with zero points in a game. Ek was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

The four games remaining for Rutgers this season are all against ranked teams. The Scarlet Knights travel to No. 2 Big Ten leader Maryland (6-0) on Sunday. Rutgers (3-3) currently sits fourth in the Big Ten standings.

Here’s how Rutgers’ other Olympic sports fared last week:

female golf

Junior Rikke Nordvik was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week after winning the Rocket Classic in Port Clinton, Ohio. Her first-place finish was the first of her college career and led Rutgers to their first team victory since March 2019. She is the second Scarlet Knight to earn Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors. Leigha Devine received the honor after finishing tied for first at the Badger Invitational.

“Catawba Island Club is a tough course and Rikke has done incredibly well, limiting her mistakes and staying patient,” Rutgers head coach Kari Williams said. “Rikke has worked hard to improve her game and continues to push herself and this team to compete at the highest level, and we are proud that she received this conference honor.”

Rutgers wraps up the fall with a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to compete in TCU’s Beach Battle at Club Campestre beginning Friday, October 28.

Women’s soccer (12-1-1; 4-1-1)

Rutgers recorded its eighth shutout of the season with a 1-0 win over Indiana last Sunday. Sophomore midfielder Kylie Daigle scored the lone goal. She completed her own penalty after being fouled in the box in the 61st minute.

“It took us a bit of time to get going today in a one-game week, so we had to build momentum,” Allison Lynch, senior, said. “We understood what we needed to change in our game plan, and we did a good job of adjusting to create the pressure that led to our goal. Meagan (McClelland) is still holding us back, but our mindset is to take pride in the shutouts and we do it for each other. We have all 27 players in mind.

The Scarlet Knights sit fourth in the Big Ten standings with 13 points, three behind co-leaders Northwestern and Michigan State.

Ranking: No. 8

Schedule this week: vs Minnesota (Thursday), vs Wisconsin (Sunday October 16)

Men’s soccer (6-2-5; 2-1-2)

The Scarlet Knights earned their second shutout of the season with a 2-0 win over Stony Brook on Wednesday night.

Pablo Avila and MD Myers each scored a goal while freshman Ciaran Dalton recorded four saves. It was Avila’s fourth goal of the season and second in consecutive matches.

The Scarlet Knights are currently tied with Penn State for second place in the Big Ten standings, with both three points behind leader Maryland.


Program this week: @ State of Michigan (Sunday October 16)

male golf

Senior captain Xavier Marcoux and junior Rhett Sellers are tied for 46th at Marquette Intercollegiate in Milwaukee on Monday. Rutgers finished with a final score of 883 (+43), tied for 14th out of 15 teams.

The Scarlet Knights wrap up their fall schedule at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational in Vero Beach, Fla. starting Sunday, October 16

Volleyball (7-12; 1-6)

The Scarlet Knights lost three sets to Illinois on the road in Wednesday night’s Big Ten game. After losing the first set 25-16, the Scarlet Knights came close to winning a second set but fell short, 26-24, in a frame that featured 11 ties and seven lead changes. The Fighting Illini won the final set, 25-17.

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Freshman Taylor Humphrey led Rutgers with nine kills and three blocks while fellow freshman Bekah Williams had eight kills and five digs. Redshirt junior Lauren DeLo recorded 20 assists. Junior Madyson Chitty had a team-high 10 digs, and junior Kristina Grkovic had four blocks.


Schedule this week: @ Ohio State #6 (Saturday, October 15)

Cross country

The men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action for the first time in two weeks to compete at Penn State’s national meet on Friday.

They last ran in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University on September 30. Sophomore Alex Carlson led the women’s team, finishing 34th overall with a time of 20:12.2 over the 6km course in a field of more than 400 runners. The women placed 26th out of 46 while the men placed 42nd out of 46 teams. Alec Snell led the men’s team with a 260th place finish in 25:01.8 on the 8K course.

“Both men and women had a great day on the Lehigh course,” head coach Matthew Jelley said. “We had 21 of 27 student-athletes achieve lifetime personal bests. Twelve out of 14 in women and nine out of 13 in men.

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