Field Hockey To Ring The Bells At Old Queens Friday

PISCATAWAY, NJ – In celebration of the team’s Big Ten Tournament championship, Rutgers field hockey will participate in a special university tradition this Friday afternoon.The program will get the honor to ring the bell at Old Queens on Friday at 12:30 pm The bell, gifted to the University from Colonel Henry Rutgers in 1826, is reserved to mark significant occasions university wide. The celebratory event will feature speeches from Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs and team representatives.

The Old Queens bell is a celebrated icon of the university’s history. Before the university expanded beyond the Old Queens campus, the bell was rung to signal daily worship and the change of classes. As the university’s footprint grew, the ringing of the bell took on new meaning and was reserved to mark significant occasions, including those of prized athletic success. The bell is also rung every year to mark commencement, welcome first-year students at the new student convocation and on the annual Rutgers Day.

In November 2021, the Rutgers field hockey team won the first Big Ten Tournament title for any Rutgers University athletic program. The Scarlet Knights won three games in four days on their home field to raise the Big Ten Tournament trophy, as RU defeated Indiana, No. 7 Penn State and then No. 2 Michigan in succession. Kerrie Burns and Gianna Glatz were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team for spearheading a defensive led performance, with Kerrie Burns named the Big Ten Tournament MVP. 1,617 fans watched Rutgers capture the title at the championship game in Piscataway, the largest crowd in Division I field hockey since 2018.

Following the tournament, the team rose to No. 1 in the national rankings. RU advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament with the program’s first NCAA victory since 1986.

The 2021 field hockey program boasted an exceptionally talented roster with both on and off the field accomplishments. Rutgers had two All-Americans (Gianna Glatz and Katie Larmour), four All-Big Ten selections (Big Ten Co-Player of the Year Gianna Glatz, Katie Larmour, Kerrie Burns and Milena Redlingshoefer) and five All-Region selections (Glatz, Larmour, Burns, Redlingshoefer and Liz Romano).

Off the field, the team was well-recognized for its accomplishments in the classroom. 23 Scarlet Knights were named Academic All-Big Ten and to the NFHCA National Academic squad. Gianna Glatz and Katie Larmour were named NFHCA national Scholar Athletes of the Year, while Glatz won the prestigious Wayne Duke Award postgraduate scholarship. The team was led by head coach Meredith Civcio and the Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year, joined by Maddy SpositoAjai Dhadwal and Joey Civico.

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