Field Hockey drops Road Affair at No. 21 Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, NJ – James Madison field hockey fell 3-0 in his regular season finale at No. 21 Rutgers Sunday afternoon at the Bauer Track and Field Complex.

JMU ends the season with a 10-7 record while Rutgers improves to 8-9 (3-5 Big Ten) and will face No. 3 Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament on Nov. 3.

Senior Eveline Zwager two strong shots on goal, but did not hit the net. On the defensive side Junior Brandelynn Heinbaugh started in goal and made two saves.

How it happened

  • Heeinbaugh denied the Scarlet Knights their first opportunity in the penalty corner to keep the game scoreless after a quarter of action.
  • Rutgers applied heavy pressure in the second quarter, taking advantage of the day’s third penalty corner to go 1-0 at the break.
  • RU found the back of the net in the first six minutes of the third quarter and pounced on a loose ball to score the goal.
  • The Scarlet Knights extended their lead one last time in another penalty corner game with a shot from the top of the circle.
  • The Dukes defeated Rutgers 4-1 in the final frame, two of whom were in the frame as RU earned the 3-0 win.

game notes

  • James Madison scored more shots (8-6) while RU led in shots on target (5-4) and penalty corners (5-4).
  • The Scarlet Knights lead the series all-time with a 4-1-1 ledger.
  • JMU closed for the second time this season, the other event being a 1-0 loss at No. 5 Louisville on Sept. 9. Also, this was the second time in 2022 that the Dukes lost by multiple goals, falling to Old in a 1-6 reign on September 2nd.
  • The team finished the regular. season with a 0-3 record at half-time and a 2-5 mark on shots fewer.


JMU will wait to see if they receive a general offer for the NCAA tournament. The selection show will stream Sunday, November 6 at 10 p.m. on

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