Philadelphia - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team dominated Rutgers shutting out the Scarlet Knights, 3-0, on Wednesday night on Franklin Field.
"We are definitely happy with the win tonight," Head Coach Val Cloud said. "We weren't sure what to expect tonight after seeing the scouting report, but I definitely think we were the better team in terms of stick skills and passing. The win put us over .500 and gives us confidence heading into Sunday's game against No. 14 Delaware. We have nothing to lose."
Senior Liz Lorelli put the Quakers (4-3) on the board 17 minutes into the game when she tipped in a feed from junior Kristen Gray. Just eight minutes later senior co-captain Sara Shelley found the back of the net for the second time in as many games. The Penn offense took a 2-0 advantage into halftime, while the Quaker defense did not allow a shot in the first stanza. The Red and Blue added an insurance goal at the 54:49 mark as Cara Calahan nailed a shot into the cage. Senior co-captain Kate Murphy and freshman Melissa Black played strong defense that helped hold the Scarlet Knights (3-6) to a season-low four shots.
Sophomore Elizabeth Schlossberg recorded her second shut outof the season and third of her career. She stopped three shots, while Kristin Van Rooij made five saves for Rutgers.
The Quakers take a three-game winning streak on the road to Newark, Del. Penn will face off against No. 14 Delaware at 1 p.m on Sept. 26.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.