SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Junior Sophie Ruhl scored twice as the Union College field hockey team netted one goal in each quarter on the way to a 4-1 victory over local rival Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Saturday night at Frank Bailey Field at Bertagna-Class of 1985 Stadium.
Ruhl recorded her first collegiate multi-goal game to lead Union (8-1, 1-1 Liberty League) to its first conference victory of the season, netting the eventual game-winning goal in the second stanza and adding an insurance tally in the fourth. Seniors Emily Dawson and Isabel Lubin both scored as well for the home team.
Rensselaer (5-5, 0-2 Liberty League) opened the scoring with 2:47 remaining in the opening period, with Dani Samuelson tallying her third goal of the year. But Union earned a corner 62 seconds later and got the first goal of the season from Lubin to tie the score. Dawson’s insert to senior Jill Bove at the top of the arc was dished off to Lubin, who fired a shot through traffic for the goal.
The home team continued the momentum into the second period, with Ruhl taking a pass forward from junior Grace Krebs and slipping it under the pads of RPI netminder Jen Richardson to put Union ahead less than three minutes into the frame. Union outshot RPI 5-1 in the quarter to take the 2-1 lead into halftime.
Dawson added to the Union lead midway through the third quarter with her team-leading ninth goal of the season off a feed from first-year Alyssa Pavano. Ruhl finished off the scoring with just over three minutes remaining in the contest, grabbing the ball at the post and pushing it home for her sixth tally of the year.
Union finished with a 14-10 edge in shots. First-year Sophie Brady made four saves to pick up her eighth victory of the season. Richardson stopped three shots in three quarters, while Sarah Nace made three in the fourth.