College Field Hockey
Rider University 5, Colgate University 1
LAWRENCEVILLE--Freshman Allison Muschs (Linkebeek, Belgium) broke a 1-1 tie on a penalty stroke 10 minutes into the second half as Rider University scored four unanswered goals in the final 35 minutes, enroute to a 5-1 non-conference win over Colgate University on Sunday afternoon at Ben Cohen Field.
For Muschs, it was her second penalty stroke goal in as many games.
For Schneider, it was the 28th goal of her career.
"It was a 'spur of the moment goal'," Schneider remembered. "The ball came to me off a great pass and I just hit it in. It was a great effort by everyone to regain the lead and get us to that point."
Colgate (1-3) tied the game on a penalty corner eight minutes later.
The game remained tied 1-1 at intermission.
"We needed to stay calm," said head coach Lori Hussong about the halftime adjustments. "We had a lot of scoring opportunities and we just needed to cash in on them. Colgate was able to penetrate down the field a little bit easier in the first half and we made some defensive adjustments and that keyed the offensive attack."
With Rider leading 2-1, senior Gabby Burgo (Collingswood) scored her first of the season (and eighth of her career), converting a Colgate turnover with Schneider notching the assist with 16 minutes remaining in the game.
Schneider now has 86 points, tied for 10th best all-time at Rider.
"We started out a little slow and really picked it up in the second half," Schneider said. "It was a good effort from everyone."
Junior Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain) scored her first of the season on a loose ball in front to put Rider ahead 4-1 at the 57:55 mark and freshman Rachel Ippolite (Woolwich Twp./Kingsway Regional) used Jackie Adam's second assist of the day for the final score with 3:31 left.
Penas, who led the Broncs with 10 shots, now has 86 career points, tied for 10th best at Rider.
Penas was the 2010 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year and earned NEC Offensive Player of the Year honors and Second Team All-Region recognition as a sophomore.
"We had contributions from four different players," Hussong said about the balanced scoring attack. "That's nice to have; the opponent can't key in on just one player. Overall, it was just a great effort."
Freshman Joelle Prettyman (Newark, Del./St. Mark's) made two saves in the first 62 minutes for the win with fellow rookie Alicia Carthan (Bordentown) making her collegiate debut, playing the final eight minutes in goal, making one save.
Amanda DiDomizio made 19 saves for Colgate as the Broncs out-shot the Raiders 30-8.
Rider held a 16-7 penalty corner advantage.
The Broncs have won eight of 20 games all-time against the Raiders. Rider defeated Colgate 5-0 on September 4, 2010 in its first game on the new lighted turf field. The Broncs defeated the Raiders in Hamilton, New York by a 3-1 score on September 6, 2009. Colgate defeated Rider in a neutral site game in West Long Branch on September 7, 2008 by a 3-1 score.
Rider has never lost in 19 games at Ben Cohen Field.
"We do the best that we can at home," Hussong said. "We don't think about streaks, we just do the best that we can and let the chips fall where they may."
After a loss to open the season at Drexel, Rider has won two straight.
The Broncs hit the road for the first of five straight, traveling to Easton, Pennsylvania to face Lafayette on September 7th at 7pm.
"With the youth of the team, the more we play well together, the more confidence we gain," Hussong said. "Playing Friday (Villanova) and Colgate (Sunday) really sets us up for two tough games coming up at Lafayette (Friday) and at Hofstra (Sunday). They are both two strong teams."
"Lafayette and Hofstra are going to be two difficult opponents," said Schneider. "We will look to come out on fire and give them our best effort. We may be young but we have tremendous skill and everyone is contributing to the effort, both on and off the field."
Rider returns home on September 22 for a noon game against Lock Haven.