MERION STATION, Pa. – 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 range later on, the reigning Atlantic 10 Co-Player and Rookie of the Week followed her own rebound and converted what would turn out to be the game-winning goal with 19:27 to go.
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.”
Game time between the Hawks and the Billikens is set for 4:00 p.m. Friday at Ellen Ryan Field.