February 29, 2024

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No. 8 Area Hockey Edged in Season-Opening Shootout By No. 18 Duke

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No. 8 Area Hockey Edged in Season-Opening Shootout By No. 18 Duke

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Opening the season because the hosts of the ‘Battle on the Banks’ Match, No. 8 Rutgers area hockey had a hard-fought effort, however fell to No. 18 Duke 2-1, following penalty strokes on the conclusion of eighty minutes of area hockey. Rachel Houston scored the lone purpose of the competition for RU, whereas goalkeeper Sophia Howard had a career-best 10 saves.

After the sport was delayed 45 minutes by lighting on the outset, a new-look Scarlet Knight squad battled by means of a prolonged contest on a sizzling day in entrance of 538 spectators. The sport was tied for the primary 22 minutes earlier than the 2 on-field targets of the day got here in only a 40-second span of recreation motion.

Duke struck first, after their preliminary shot was blocked, Brynn Crouse adopted up with the tally for a 1-0 lead. However the Blue Devils would maintain that lead for below a minute.

After the next restart, RU pushed ahead. The preliminary play on purpose was cleared apart, however Rachel Houston was trailing the play and alerted gathered the ball and fired it house whereas the Duke goalkeeper was out of place for the equalizer.


The groups would press one another for sixty extra minutes of motion, together with two 10-minute durations of 7-on-7 extra time motion. Following 80 minutes of the competition, Duke had a 19-14 benefit in photographs (11-7 in photographs on purpose) and a 9-6 marker in corners.

Motion shifted to penalty strokes, which was tied at 2-2 after three makes an attempt apart. Nonetheless, Duke got here by means of with two extra markers to take the win.

Postgame Notes

Subsequent Up
The ‘Battle on the Banks Match’ continues Saturday with a impartial web site contest at 2 p.m. between Duke and No. 16 St. Joseph’s. RU will then play the Hawks on Sunday at 4 p.m. to complete off the weekend.  

Gallery: (8-26-2022) Area Hockey Season Opener


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