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Rutgers wrestling head coach Scott Goodale led the Knights to their best season in school history, winning 20 dual meets.

Rutgers senior 174 lbs. Mike Whalen (top) dropped his final four contests of the season and fell out of the national rankings, and has one more qualifying chance before his career comes to a close.

A team captain, Rutgers junior pitcher Nicole Lindley has become the ace of the pitching staff, posting a 2.33 ERA so far this year.

Brittney and Nicole Lindley (above) won two New York State Championships together at Cicero North Syracuse High School.

Senior outfielder Amanda Heller hit a first-inning two-run home run for Rutgers in their 4-3 win over Louisiana-Monroe and scored twice more in the latter innings including the game-winning run.

Sophomore leadoff hitter Mickenzie Alden (above) knocked in senior outfielder Amanda Shaw for the game winning run for Rutgers in the team's 3-2 victory over Evansville.

Senior heavyweight DJ Russo (top) has delivered two consecutive victories for Rutgers via pinfall in the final bout.

As a freshman first baseman last season, Mindy Craig led Rutgers with a .299 batting average and tied for the team lead with 28 RBI. After finishing 23-32 last season and 3-11 at home, the Knights look to continue their perennial improvement this weekend in their opening series.

In her 38th year as a head coach, C. Vivian Stringer has 818 victories and four Final Four's. Most recently, Stringer's Rutgers team lost to Tennessee in the 2006 NCAA'finals.

Senior center Kia Vaughn (red) pulled down the 1,000th rebound of her career, just the fourth player in school history to do so.

Junior guard Epiphanny Prince (red) tried to carry the Knights to victory yesterday against Maryland, but shot just 7-of-29 from the floor. Prince led RU in points, assists and steals.

Senior Matt Pletcher (red) is ranked 28th nationally in his 165 lbs. weight class and will face a difficult task against Navy, who the Knights have beaten just twice in program history.

Head coach Scott Goodale (above) agreed to pull Trevor Melde out of his redshirt so he could compete as a freshman.

Along with junior forward Myia McCurdy, freshman forward Brooklyn Pope will be asked to continue her duties at the point of head coach C. Vivian Stringer's 55-press defense.Along with junior forward Myia McCurdy, freshman forward Brooklyn Pope will be asked to continue her duties at the point of head coach C. Vivian Stringer's 55-press defense.

Senior Mike Whalen, the No. 29 wrestler in his 174 lb. weight class, will take on his toughest competitor to date on Saturday against American, when he faces off against second-ranked Michael Cannon.

Senior Kia Vaughn stepped up in the post against UConn, limiting Tina Charles (41) to just two points while adding eight'of her own.

Senior JR'Inman has a history of success against Seton Hall. Last year at the Rock, Inman drained a running three-pointer to win the game at the buzzer for RU's last Big East win.

In earning his first significant minutes late in a game, senior Jaron Griffin drained a trifecta of three-pointers that helped bring the Knights within two points in the 70-59 loss to St. John's.

St. John's forward Paris Horne (white) had a career-high 27 points, missing just one field goal attempt all game to lead the Red Storm past Rutgers in a 70-59 victory at Madison Square Garden. Eighteen of his points came in the first half.

Rutgers senior guard Anthony Farmer played Saturday against St. John's despite an injured wrist and contributed four points and four assists in 34 minutes. Farmer suffered the injury in the first half Wednesday in the Knights' blowout loss to Louisville.

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