Field Hockey # 6 Host # 1 Iowa, Indiana
PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers No.6 field hockey returns this weekend to the Bauer Track Complex, the site of the upcoming 2021 Big Ten field hockey tournament, where the Scarlet Knights will host the Big Ten matches against the No.1 of the Iowa (Friday at 3 p.m.) and Indiana (Sunday at 11 a.m.).
Both games will be broadcast live on B1G +. Friday, UK will recognize World Smile Day, while Sunday will be the Vs. Cancer Awareness Game.
Rutgers are having an incredible start to the season, opening the year with an 8-1 record which is the team’s best start to the season since the 2008 team started 9-1. If RU can sweep away this weekend’s games it would be the best start to the season in 11 games since 1997.
The opening round of the Scarlet Knights was made more impressive by the quality of the competition. RU beat seven ranked teams in their first eight wins: No.12 Duke, No.6 UConn, No.16 Syracuse, No.20 Monmouth, No.22 Delaware, No.3 Northwestern and No.17 Princeton. The seven ranked wins represent the best program of a season, while in addition five of those ranked wins have come on the road, also representing a program record. RU beat No.3 North West for the highest ranked victory in modern program history and can claim the program’s very first victory against a No.1 ranked team with a loss of No.1 from the Iowa Friday. The team’s 0.889 winning percentage is the fourth highest score in the country.
The Big Ten Conference has six teams ranked in the top 10 in this week’s poll: No.1 from Iowa, No.2 from Michigan, No.4 from Northwestern, No.6 from Rutgers, No.7 from Maryland and Penn State No. 8. Teams from the country’s top league will travel to Piscataway the first week of November for a highly anticipated conference tournament. The action will begin with the quarter-final matches on Thursday, November 5.e, followed by the semi-finals on Friday afternoon and the championship match on Sunday, November 7.
Milena Redlingshofer leads UK with 16 points with four goals and eight assists. Her four goals have been winners, and she shares the team lead in terms of goals with the first year. Lucy bannatyne. She is tied for first nationally with a rate of 0.89 assists per game. Five other players (Kerrie Burns, Gianna Mancini, Tayla parkes, Carly Snarski and Kassidy shetler) all have multiple goals this season. RU has dominated opponents 24-11 this year, with the keeper Gianna Glatz with a goals against average of 1.14.
Iowa enter the competition 10-0 on aggregate, one of the two remaining undefeated teams. The Hawkeyes have eight straight shutouts, conceding just four goals this year, all in the first weekend of action, and have won three straight games against the top 6 teams at Louisville No.5 and Penn State No.6 The team is led offensively by Ellie Holley with eight goals, seven assists and 23 points. Goalkeeper Grace McGuire has a league-best 0.40 goals-against average.
Rutgers is behind the all-time series with Iowa 3-8-1. The Scarlet Knights won three straight games in the 2016-18 series, including a 1-0 victory over Iowa No.7 in the team’s last meeting at Piscataway (2018). All three wins were won by Hawkeye ranked teams.
Indiana currently holds a 6-3 record, and their three losses came against top 10 teams. The team started the year 4-1, their best start to the season in five games since 2014 and won. a ranked win over No.21 Miami (OH) which was his first such win since 2017. Kira Curland leads the team with four goals. and eight points. In goal, Arabella Loveridge has a 1.70 goals against average.
Rutgers have won four straight games against the Hoosiers. The Scarlet Knights hold an 8-2 advantage in the all-time series over IU.