November 5, 2012
Rutgers women travel to Colgate in NCAA 1st round
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers women will face Colgate at Van Doren Field in Colgate, N.Y. in the first round of the NCAA Division I women's soccer tournament, it was announced on Monday. The date and time will be determined.
The Scarlet Knights earned an at-large bid in the 64-team field.
Virginia will host La Salle in the first round on the other side of the bracket.
“I am thrilled that this team has the opportunity to compete again this season,” Rutgers senior captain Tricia DiPaolo said. “We have started to play some very good soccer and I believe that will carry over into the NCAA Tournament. This is a great feeling and it is hard to describe how happy we are.”
Added senior Maura McLaughlin: “This feels amazing. We are not going to take this opportunity for granted and could not be happier to be continuing our season.”
The winners of the first round matches will play on Nov. 16 or 18 in the second round.
Rutgers (12-7-1) will make its seventh NCAA tournament appearance and sixth under coach Glenn Crooks. This is the first NCAA appearance for RU since 2009, when the Scarlet Knights advanced to the second round.
Under Crooks in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Scarlet Knights are 4-0-1, advancing all five times. Overall in the NCAA, Crooks is 5-4-3.
This will be the 10th meeting between Rutgers and Colgate (11-5-4), with the Scarlet Knights owning 6-1-2 record. The two teams last faced off on Oct. 27, 2010, when RU earned a 4-1 victory.
Colgate captured the Patriot League Championship, defeating Navy, 1-0, Sunday, marking its 12th Patriot title. The team earned its sixth trip to the NCAA tournament and first since 2009.
Pacing the Raiders is senior forward Jillian Kinter with 37 points on 14 goals and nine assists. Senior goalkeeper Ashley Walsh, who owns a 1.46 goals-against average, has 99 saves through 20 matches.
In her 22nd season, Colgate coach Kathy Brawn owns a 237-143-32 record.