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No. 16 Rutgers field hockey off to 2-0 start after topping Stanford



Iris Langejans has a goal and two assists through two games. Photo credit Rutgers Athletics

No. 16 Rutgers field hockey defeated Stanford 2-0 on Sunday in Palo Alto, California. This followed Friday’s season opening 2-0 victory over UC Davis that begin a three-game road trip.

The Scarlet Knights took control of the game early against the Cardinal and never let up. Two first quarter goals less than a minute apart put Rutgers up 2-0. Puck Winter scored off a penalty corner 8:36 mark into the opening frame. Vicky Jure and Iris Langejans assisted on the goal. At 9:29 into the first quarter, Langejans scored on a penalty stroke to give RU a commanding lead.

Rutgers almost made it 3-0 in the third quarter but a Noelle Leaf goal was overturned by review when the replay showed the shot went off a foot.

Rutgers outshot Stanford 16-4 overall and 8-1 on shots on goal. They also held a 6-3 advantage in corners.  RU is now 4-2 all-time against the Cardinal.

Freshman Olivia Fraticelli made the first start of her career while fellow classmate Abbie Zacchini made her collegiate debut in the win against Stanford.

On Friday, the Scarlet Knights defeated UC Davis 2-0 with goals from Bridy Molyneaux and Guillermina Causarano. The goals were assisted by Iris Langejans and Vicky Jure.

Goalkeeper Sophia Howard has recorded back to back shutouts to begin her second season as the starter. She has made 3 saves on the season and now has eight shutouts in her career.

No. 16 Rutgers (2-0) will next play at Cal at Underhill Field in Berkeley on Monday at 4 p.m. ET (1 pm PT). The game will air live on the Pac-12 Network.  The Golden Bears lost to Big Ten power No. 3 Maryland 4-1 on Sunday.

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