Two Atlantic 10 field hockey teams earned wins over ranked teams over the weekend, as Massachusetts beat No. 16 Boston University Saturday, and Saint Joseph's upset No. 22 Rutgers Sunday.
Massachusetts field hockey tallied a pair of second half goals and mounted the comeback victory over No. 16 Boston University at the Gladchuk Field Hockey Complex on Saturday. Sarah Hawkshaw scored once, her fifth of the year, and Anne Dijkstra added the clincher as UMass improved to 4-2 on the season.
Melanie Kreusch assisted Hawkshaw on the game-tying goal while Lucy Cooper earned an assist on Dijkstra's tally. Emily Hazard collected the win with three saves, including two in the pivotal second half. The loss dropped Boston University to 4-2 overall.
Boston University's Ailsa Connolly put the Terriers on the board in the 22nd minute when she converted a sweeping shot at the left post. Kali Schumock earned an assist on the play.
Massachusetts applied pressure to the Boston University defense throughout the second half, with five penalty corners drawn, and used a pair of those opportunities to net the game-tying and winning goals.
Hawkshaw evened the contest at 1-all in the 54th minute with a diving redirection of Kreusch's penalty corner hit. The goal marked the 36th of her UMass career and tied her for seventh in the record book all-time alongside Katie Kelly (2007-10) and Pam Moryl (1981-84).
Dijkstra put UMass in
Junior Anna Willocks struck early and freshman Quinn Maguire scored twice in the final 20 minutes as the Saint Joseph’s field hockey team upset 22nd-ranked Rutgers, 3-1, at Ellen Ryan Field on Sunday.
The win is the first over a ranked team at Ellen Ryan Field, which opened in 2011, and the first overall for the Hawks since October of 2009.
“We knew this weekend would give us two strong matches, and we’d have to focus on them one at a time,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said. “[15th-ranked James Madison, which beat the Hawks 4-1 on Friday] has had an outstanding start to the season, and I’m thankful we got to play such an opponent with speed and fight to give us the challenge to bounce back.
“We did that today, and I give our team a ton of credit. Rutgers was another challenge, another ranked opponent, another team off to a great start to the season, and we were able to capitalize when we needed to.”
Saint Joseph’s (4-2) rebounded from Friday’s loss right away as Willocks tipped a long ball from sophomore Pepa Serrano past RU goalkeeper Gianna Glatz for her third goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.
Rutgers (4-2) equalized five and a half minutes later, as Katie Larmour scored her first of the season on a shot across the front of the cage.
The game opened up in the second half as the teams combined for 17 shots. Glatz made a key save on a Willocks corner attempt early in the half, but after stopping Maguire at point-blank
Maguire set the final margin with her second on the day and fifth of the season as time expired, finding the back of the empty cage after the Scarlet Knights had inserted a kicking back for the final two minutes.
In a fairly even matchup, the Hawks held a 12-9 advantage in shots, while the Scarlet Knights earned four penalty corners to SJU’s two. Sophomore Victoria Kammerinke made four saves on the afternoon, while Glatz made two in defeat.
The Hawks will now turn their attention to conference play, as Saint Louis and Lock Haven come to town this weekend.
“The Atlantic 10 is getting better and better,” Farquhar said. “The first phase of our schedule was designed to prepare us for conference play, so now we have to turn the page and get ready to go, to take care of the team and the effort heading into our first conference matches.”