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Senior forward Alyssa Bull was a captain of what head coach Meredith Civico called the best team she's coached at Rutgers.

Knights look back on impressive season

From the beginning of the season, Rutgers field hockey head coach Meredith Civico said that this was the best team she’s ever coached on the Banks. This year’s Scarlet Knights (9-9, 2-6) proved that in her fifth year at Rutgers and her third Big Ten season, Civico’s assertion was unquestionable. The program’s growth between 2015 and 2016 was staggering.

Senior forward Rachel Yaney scored her 7th goal of the year against No. 3 Maryland, but it wasn’t enough, as the Knights dropped the contest 4-2 Saturday afternoon.

Rutgers downed by No. 3 Maryland in regular season finale

Rutgers field hockey team closed out its regular season with a 4-2 loss against No. 3 Maryland in College Park this weekend. The Scarlet Knights (9-8, 2-6) will pick right back up where they left off in the postseason as the team returns to College Park on Thursday for a rematch against the Terrapins (15-3, 7-1) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.  Rutgers put forth a strong performance in the opening frame, with a goal from senior forward Rachel Yaney putting the Scarlet Knights up 1-0.

Senior defender Sophia Walia was 1 of 8 Knights honored before the final regular season home game of their careers on the Banks Sunday.

Rutgers rebounds from loss to No. 6 Penn State with shutout win over Richmond on Senior Day

In its final home stand of the season, the Rutgers field hockey team split its fourth consecutive doubleheader weekend, rebounding with a 2-0 win over Richmond on Sunday after falling to No. 6 Penn State on Friday 4-1. The Scarlet Knights (9-7, 2-5) put up a dominant first half against the Nittany Lions (13-2, 5-2) with a 1-0 lead, but a tying goal off the tricky left baseline early in the second proved to be the beginning of the end.  Penn State continued its offensive power and forward Aurelia Meijer scored three consecutive goals off attack penalty corners that Rutgers was unable to answer. On Sunday, after honoring their eight veterans in a pregame Senior Day ceremony, the Knights shutout a scrappy Richmond (7-9, 5-2) team to end the weekend on a high note and leave Bauer Track / Field Hockey Complex with one final home victory to end the 2016 regular season. “I think they were very happy to get the win (Sunday) but you could kinda tell in the huddle that they knew that we have better hockey to play, which is exciting — when they’re not satisfied," said head coach Meredith Civico.

Senior captain Devon Freshnock said execution on corners was a point of emphasis for the Knights in practice this week.

Crucial Big Ten doubleheader is Rutgers' next challenge

This is a make or break weekend for the Rutgers field hockey team. The Scarlet Knights (7-5, 1-3) take on a Big Ten doubleheader, hosting Michigan State (5-8, 1-3) on Friday before heading west to square off with Ohio State (5-8, 0-4) on Sunday. Rutgers cannot afford to make the same mistakes it did last weekend. In their latest contest, the Knights tallied a staggering 17 corners and 26 shots but failed to score until 10 minutes into overtime play after matching zeros with St.

Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Lamb has gone 3-3 in her six starts in place of injured senior Shevaun Hayes this season.

Freshman steps in for injured veteran, thrives in goal for Rutgers

Transitioning from high school up to the Division I level is drastic enough without the pressure of being your team’s last line of defense. After joining a program that’s home to the most prestigious field hockey conference in the country, freshman Amanda Lamb was called upon seven games into the season to be the starting goalkeeper for the Rutgers field hockey team. A Pheonixville, Pennsylvania, native, Lamb had previously been splitting time in goal with senior Shevaun Hayes before an injury left the veteran keeper unable to play. Lamb took full reign between the pipes for the Scarlet Knights on Sept.

Northern Ireland native Katie Lamour has played a key role for Rutgers this season, playing in all 10 games so far as a true freshman a few months removed from moving to New Brunswick from her hometown of Belfast.

Freshman plays key role for Rutgers in first year away from home in Northern Ireland

Belfast may be the largest city in Northern Ireland and the nation’s capital, but the first word Katie Larmour used to describe her hometown is “small.” The freshman midfielder arrived on the Banks on August 5 after flying more than 3,000 miles away from her roots to become a Scarlet Knight. Despite being the only foreign newcomer to the team this year, there’s something familiar about Larmour in a Rutgers field hockey jersey for head coach Meredith Civico. “I look at (Katie) on the field and honestly it feels like she’s been here for a couple years already,” Civico said.

Senior captain Alyssa Bull gathers the ball in Rutgers' 5-3 loss to No. 6 Northwestern at the Bauer Track and Field/Field Hockey Complex Friday.

Rutgers falls short against No. 6 Northwestern, second consecutive upset win

When the Rutgers field hockey team hosted the No. 6 team in the country and the best team in the Big Ten, it tied the record for most goals scored against Northwestern so far this season. The only other teams that have scored three goals on the Wildcats (9-2, 4-0) are No. 3 Duke, who handed the team its second of just two losses in 2016, and No. 5 Penn State.

Sophomore midfielder Linde van Schaik is tied for the Rutgers’ team lead in goals with 7 and is second in points with 16.

Upset-minded Knights host undefeated Northwestern

Rutgers field hockey is out to prove that beating the No. 15 team in the country on its home field was no fluke. The Scarlet Knights (6-3, 1-1) match up with No. 6 Northwestern (8-2, 3-0) on Friday with the hopes of defending their perfect home record and snapping the Wildcats’ six-game winning streak. The last time Rutgers took the turf, it made a statement in upsetting Iowa, the highest ranked team ever defeated in program history. But the Knights aren’t the only ones turning heads this season.

Head field hockey coach Meredith Civico said the Eastern Regional High School field hockey team could probably contend with multiple collegiate programs.

Prestigious NJ High School Program makes transition to college play smooth for quartet of Rutgers players

The Eastern Regional High School field hockey team has not faced defeat in its last 139 games. Four members of the current Rutgers field hockey team contributed to their alma mater’s record-setting clean slate. Freshmen Alanna Gollotto and Nikki Santore rejoined their former teammates junior Jade Dixon and senior Kimberly Jevic this season as Scarlet Knights after playing together as Vikings in high school. For these Eastern alums, moving on to the college level was not much of a transition when it came to field hockey — and Rutgers' head coach Meredith Civico was not surprised. “Honestly they could probably beat a handful of college programs — without a doubt,” Civico said of the Vikings. “They’re a program with a winning culture and a long standing tradition of winning and the players from that program know what it takes — they’re fierce and they’re competitors.

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