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Entering this season, the situation surrounding the Big Ten East was as clear cut as it could possibly be — Michigan, Ohio State vying for the top spot and every other team picking up the crumbs far below them.But in a sport as unpredictable and chaotic as college football, it shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the team’s projected to be at the mid-tier of the division emerged as a contender for the title and a spot in the Big Ten Championship game. The shock comes in that team not being Michigan State, a team a year removed from a Big Ten conference title and a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff, but Penn State, a program seemingly at a standstill in the third year of head coach James Franklin’s tenure.The Nittany Lions started the same way the Rutgers football team, their next opponent did, splitting the first four games of the season, including their first Big Ten games of the year.The results of those first conference games were promising for the Scarlet Knights and worrying for Penn State, with Rutgers nearly upsetting defending Big Ten West division champions Iowa at home and the Nittany Lions getting blown out at the Big House by the Wolverines, but the roles reversed as the conference schedule played out.As the Knights went on to lose every other Big Ten game it played, falling to the Spartans, the Buckeyes and the Wolverines by a combined score of 185-0, Penn State has run the table in its last seven conference games, shooting itself up the playoff committee’s rankings to No. 8.With two weeks remaining in the season, the Nittany Lion’s path to improbably winning the East is simple — win their final two games and hope Michigan loses one of its last two contests.That’s where the Knights come in.Hosting a program that’s rapidly become the most bitter Big Ten rival among its fanbase, Rutgers has little more than pride to play for.
The old proverb states "revenge is a dish best served cold," and the Rutgers women’s soccer team will have a vital opportunity to taste some sweet payback Friday when the team faces Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA tournament.The last time the two programs met was Sept.
After opening the season with wins over Division II Molloy and mid-major program Drexel, the Scarlet Knights defeated Big East foe Depaul 66-59 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, Thursday night to improve to 3-0 on the season.
After winning its first two games of the season at home without many complications, the Rutgers men’s basketball team will take its show on the road for the first time with head coach Steve Pikiell at the helm.The Scarlet Knights (2-0) travel to Rosemont, Illinois, to take on Depaul (1-0) Thursday night in a nationally televised game at 8:30 p.m.
From the beginning of the season, Rutgers field hockey head
coach Meredith Civico said that this was the best team she’s ever coached on
the Banks.This year’s Scarlet Knights (9-9, 2-6) proved that in her fifth
year at Rutgers and her third Big Ten season, Civico’s assertion was
unquestionable.The program’s growth between 2015 and 2016 was staggering.
Currently set to play in the second round of the NCAA tournament, known as the College Cup, the Rutgers women’s soccer team is flying high on all cylinders. The Scarlet Knights have accomplished a lot on their way to this point, as the team has accrued an impressive 12-4-6 overall record, including four wins, two losses, and five draws in conference action. Rutgers also notably reached the conference tournament championship game despite being ranked the seven seed going into the postseason. In order to achieve these feats, the Knights had to have exceptional performances from individual players all year long and while it was easy to observe that occur from a fan or coach’s point of view, it’s always extra special when others notice as well.At the culmination of the Big Ten regular season this year, the league office announced its postseason honors with Rutgers having six players recognized.Senior forward Madison Tiernan was named to the All-Big Ten second team and freshman midfielder Nicole Whitley was listed on the third team, while Whitley, Taylor Aylmer, and Amanda Visco earned spots on the All-Freshman Team.Senior defender Erin Smith, meanwhile, earned the highest honor of all the Knights by making it on the All-Big Ten first team.“It’s such a huge honor to be named on the first team,” said Smith.
The woeful start to the season continued Monday night for the Rutgers women’s basketball team.The Scarlet Knights (0-2) fell to Elon (1-1) by a score of 66-54, making it their second consecutive double-digit loss to start the season.Once again, junior guard Shriya Parker led the charge, this time tallying 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
For the Rutgers men’s cross-country team, the longest meet of the year was also one of its most impressive and drew the attention of its rivals.The Scarlet Knights finished 10th out of 22 teams at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship in State College, Pennsylvania, on Friday.
It didn’t take much time for the Rutgers wrestling team to get into midseason form.The Scarlet Knights (3-0) opened the 2016-2017 on a road trip to California where they defeated San Francisco State (0-4), CSU Bakersfield (2-1) and Cal Poly (3-3).Friday night saw Rutgers dispose of San Francisco State and CSU Bakersfield handily, collecting 45-0 and 25-16 wins, respectively.
Two more to the loss column for the Rutgers volleyball team.The Scarlet Knights (4-25, 0-16) suffered road defeats to conference opponents Ohio State (17-11, 7-9) and Maryland (11-17, 3-13) this weekend.The Knights extended their losing streak to 24 games, and the side has not won in over two months of play.Rutgers entered Columbus Friday with high expectations, looking to pounce on a team that had not been performing to its potential in recent matches.But from the first serve of the game, the Buckeyes had addressed those concerns and put a rest to any hope on the Knights’ end.Ohio State jumped out to an 8-1 lead to start the first set, connecting on three consecutive service aces.
The Rutgers women's soccer team defeated Harvard 3-0 Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Scarlet Knights face No. 2 seed Georgetown in the second round Friday.
The Rutgers men's basketball team defeated Drexel easily, 87-66, to improve to 2-0 on the season.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — It's safe to assume that this wasn't the kind of homecoming that Giovanni Rescigno had hoped for.After posting 200-plus passing yards and leading his team to one-score losses in his each of his first two career starts, Rescigno returned to his home state on Saturday to play in his first game on Michigan soil since his senior year of high school at De La Salle three years ago.But the Warren, Michigan, native's return home was everything short of welcoming, as performance and score-based reasons prevented him from simply playing it into the fourth quarter of the Rutgers football team's (2-8, 0-7) ultimate 49-0 loss to Michigan State Saturday.With a lopsided scoreboard favoring the Spartans (3-7, 1-6) and the Scarlet Knights in the midst of one of their more underwhelming offensive performances on the season, the sophomore starting quarterback was relieved by true freshman Tylin Oden in the final minutes of the third quarter after going 6-of-16 through the air for 40 yards and two interceptions.In what was their least effective offensive outing of the year against a non-ranked opponent, the Knights totaled just 149 yards and eight first downs, finishing 3-of-12 on third downs."You look at the stats, it wasn’t good.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Far from anyone’s wildest expectations were the results of Saturday’s matchup between the Rutgers football team and defending champions Michigan State, a game that was crucial in determining how the chips fell in the Big Ten East standings.But it wasn’t up to the visiting Scarlet Knights, who have outplayed expectations this season, to rise up to the level of the Spartans but rather the hosts — who had an incredibly steep fall from the perch of the conference to its basement.
Looking at last year’s team and this year’s team - it’s Knight and Day.The Rutgers men’s basketball team (1-0) made new head coach Steve Pikiell proud Friday night with a commanding 86-57 win over Molloy (0-1).The Pikiell era has officially begun, and after a 7-26 record last season under Eddie Jordan, there seems to be a newfound energy wafting around the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC).“‘Knight and Day,’ that’s our slogan,” junior guard Mike Williams said.
The Rutgers Women’s Basketball team did not get off to the start they wanted.The Lady Knights (0-1, 0-0) fell to the Chattanooga Lady Mocs in their season opener at the RAC by a score of 66-53.Junior guard Shrita Parker led the Knights with 10 points and added 5 assists and 3 rebounds.
The Rutgers football team's 34-32 loss to Indiana on Saturday brought back flashbacks to a nightmarish 2015 season for Isaiah Wharton and the Scarlet Knights' secondary. In a position group that was dismantled by injuries and off-field issues, then-true freshmen Isaiah Wharton and Blessaun Austin were both thrust into the starting lineup for nearly all of last season and received baptism by fire as the young pair of cornerbacks experienced many more lows than they did highs during their introduction to the collegiate game.The Knights finished the season with the third worst passing defense overall in the Big Ten, while allowing a second-worst average of 277 yards per game, a worst 9.5 yards per reception and 15 total touchdowns through the air across their eight conference games. Wharton surrendered 43 catches and five touchdowns, compared to just five passes defended, across his 64 targets last season, according to Pro-Football Focus.Against the Hoosiers, Rutgers' secondary, and most notably Isaiah Wharton, had a performance that was reminiscent of that forgettable 2015 season.Indiana pierced the Knights for 420 passing yards and three scores through the air.
Following one of the more difficult weekends of the 2016 season, the Rutgers volleyball team hits the road for one of the more palatable weekends this Friday and Saturday.The Scarlet Knights (4-23, 0-14) will travel to Columbus, Ohio, Friday to take on Ohio State (15-11, 5-9) in their first meeting of the year and then back east for a Sunday matchup in College Park, Maryland, to battle Maryland (10-16, 2-12).Coming off of two defeats against Iowa and No. 1 Nebraska, the Knights are looking to amend what has been a tumultuous campaign.
As the season winds down, the Rutgers men’s cross-country team finds itself right back where it started.The Scarlet Knights head to State College, Pennsylvania, to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Championship on Friday, the same spot where they ran in the Spiked Shoe Invitational for their first meet of the year.
It’s been eight months since Goodale and company have hit the mats, but the wait is finally over.The No. 10 Rutgers wrestling team christens the 2016-2017 campaign with a trip to the Golden State.The Scarlet Knights open the season in a 7 p.m.