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The last time the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team ended a two-game losing skid this year, it went on a four-game winning streak — the longest streak under head coach Brian Brecht. The Scarlet Knights (7-4, 2-2) defeated then-No. 20 Army, Monmouth, Richmond and Big East rival Providence during that period.With a matchup at No. 19 in-state rival Princeton tomorrow night, a repeat of that winning streak may be hard to replicate.
When two teams are evenly matched, the team with the greatest desire to win often comes out on top. Trailing by one entering the fourth quarter of its Big East clash against St. John’s, underneath the lights of High Point Solutions Stadium, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team showed that desire, willing its way to a 16-13 victory.
At the end of the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team’s first practice since its 14-13 loss to Marquette Saturday, head coach Brian Brecht pulled aside his senior players for a private discussion. His message was simple. To succeed in April, the seniors will have to take charge. It starts with a matchup tonight against Big East rivals St. John’s underneath the lights at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Riding a three-match winning streak, the Rutgers tennis team extended it four wins with its 5-2 victory yesterday over Fordham at the Atlantic Club in Manalapan, N.J. The Scarlet Knights (11-4, 2-1) are now 5-0 in home matches this season and played under an alternate simultaneous format where the teams played one doubles match worth two points and five singles matches worth one point.
Crouched over with his hands on his knees and head dropped glaring at the turf of High Point Solutions Stadium, sophomore goalkeeper Kris Alleyne’s dejected expression perfectly illustrated the mood of the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team following its 14-13 defeat Saturday to Marquette. Trailing by two goals with 1:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Scarlet Knights (6-4, 1-2) managed to tie the game in 41 seconds thanks to back-to-back faceoff wins from junior faceoff specialist Joe Nardella.
At the start of the season, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse teams’ goals were simple — have a winning record, change one-goal losses into one-goal wins, get to the Big East Tournament and qualify for the NCAAs. Now past the midway point of the season, the Scarlet Knights (6-3, 1-1) appear to be on track in accomplishing those goals.
As if sending two athletes to the NCAAs was not enough of an accomplishment for the Rutgers swimming and diving team, senior diver Nicole Scott earning All-American honors certainly exceeded expectations.The Toronto native was named an Honorable Mention All-American for advancing to the finals of the platform event at the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships last Saturday in Minneapolis.
Winners of four straight games, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team entered last Saturday’s road contest against now-No. 5 Denver in unchartered territory.Sitting just outside the top 20 according to NCAA.com, a victory would have vaulted the Scarlet Knights to their first top-20 ranking under third-year head coach Brian Brecht. While the Knights (6-3, 1-1) fell to the Pioneers (7-2, 1-0), 17-11, Rutgers still find itself on the brink of a national ranking.
MEMPHIS — Following the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s 72-68 victory over South Florida last night, the Scarlet Knights finished the year 3-0 against the Bulls for the season. While the Knights proved they have USF’s number this season, the same could be said for Bulls forward Victor Rudd. USF’s leading scorer once again put up huge numbers against Rutgers, collecting 22 points to lead his team.
MEMPHIS — After a successful start to their AAC Tournament run defeating South Florida for the third time this season, it appeared that the Rutgers men’s basketball team finally hit its stride. After the first half in the Scarlet Knights’ 92-31 drubbing by No. 5 Louisville, all of Rutgers’ recent promise quickly vanished.
Returning 97 percent of its offensive production from last year, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team entered 2014 with high hopes in the attacking end. The Scarlet Knights (4-2) have impressed so far, scoring 83 goals in just six games. The total is the most since Rutgers’ 1998 squad scored 86 goals through six matches.
With the lights of High Point Solutions Stadium shining brightly over the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team Saturday night, the stage was set for the Scarlet Knights to leave a lasting impression on their new home field. Senior attacker Scott Klimchak set himself up for a big game following his four-goal heroics against No. 20 Army last Tuesday. But freshman attacker Connor Murphy’s offensive display stole the spotlight.
When it comes to college athletics, few programs have a longer history than Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are among the first American institutions to engage in intercollegiate athletics, participating in their first sporting event in 1866. While Rutgers is often celebrated for being the birthplace of college football, the men’s lacrosse program also carries some deep roots.
After starting the season with two commanding victories against Manhattan and Wagner, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team has started to lose momentum. The Scarlet Knights (2-2) lost their last two matches against No. 4 Virginia on Feb. 22 and Stony Brook on Saturday.
For 45 minutes, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team did a good job coping with the loss of junior faceoff specialist Joe Nardella — until the fourth quarter started. The Scarlet Knights (2-2) entered the fourth quarter tied at six with Stony Brook. What happened next once again exposed the Knights’ inability to finish out games without their star faceoff player.
While junior forward Kadeem Jack and senior forward J.J. Moore were essential to the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s 74-73 victory Saturday against South Florida, the Scarlet Knights got an added boost from an unlikely source. Junior guard Jerome Seagears, who played a combined 12 minutes in his last two games, needed just 13 minutes to spark the Knights’ comeback.
Drenched in sweat following a team workout inside the Hale Center, senior defender Andrew Parrilla reported to the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team’s coaching lounge to look over film from its last game. Aside from the lack of communication and missed defensive rotations brought to Parrilla’s attention by assistant coach Craig McDonald during the session, one glaring statistic stood out among the rest.
Following the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team’s 19-12 defeat Saturday to now-No. 5 Virginia, one thing was clear: the Scarlet Knights (2-1) are a different team without junior Preseason All-Big East faceoff specialist, Joe Nardella, on the field. Nardella was 10-of-13 in face-offs in the first half and the Knights tied the Cavaliers with 17 ground balls.
When the season started for the Rutgers swimming and diving team, head coach Phil Spiniello’s goal was to become a nationally ranked program.While the Scarlet Knights ultimately fell short of that goal this season, they achieved just about everything else. The Knights broke seven school records at last week’s AAC Conference Championships. Six of them came from sophomores Joanna Wu and Morgan Pfaff.
Behind seven school record-breaking performances, the Rutgers swimming and diving team claimed third place at the AAC Championships this past Wednesday-Saturday in Louisville, Ky. The Scarlet Knights finished with 572 points, placing behind No. 13 Louisville (977) and Southern Methodist (624.4), but ahead of Connecticut (459.5), Cincinnati (431) and Houston (337).