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The ninth-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team defeated Rutgers 3-0 in the Big Ten opener for both teams Sunday in Piscataway, N.J.

Iowa improved to 5-2 on the season and moved to 1-0 in conference play while Rutgers dropped to 4-3 and 0-1.

Junior Natalie Cafone scored twice for Iowa while Sara Watro added a goal and sophomore goalkeeper Alex Pecora posted her first shutout of the season.

Cafone gave Iowa an early lead with a goal less than four minutes into the game and added a second goal 49 seconds into the second period to give the Hawkeyes a 2-0 lead.

The two goals give Cafone a team-high 11 goals on the season and 33 in her past 28 games.