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Senior midfielder Ali Stever has been a catalyst for Rutgers on offense during her time on the Banks, but the greater significance lies in both her impact on the program and the feeling it has reciprocated to her.

Junior forward Sarah Regn makes the most of every opportunity she gets to come off the bench for Rutgers. She scored the game-winning goal against American on Oct. 23.

Junior defender Elyse Broderick and the Knights hope to pick up some momentum in the final stretch of the season.

Junior free safety Anthony Cioffi has collected three interceptions through six games this fall, leading the team and tied for second in the Big Ten Conference in this statistical category.

Senior forward Nicole Imbriaco said Rutgers needs to refocus on playing its own style after two losses this past weekend. The Knights dropped both matches to Penn State and No. 7 Maryland.

Head coach Meredith Civico has led Rutgers to at least nine wins in the last three straight seasons for the first time since 1999.

Despite suffering two defeats on the road trip to Ohio, junior defender Devon Freshnock said Rutgers will learn from them.

Senior Paul James and the Rutgers running backs rotation will face its tallest task of the season against a physical MSU defensive line.

Shilique Calhoun boasts 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss this year. Senior left tackle Keith Lumpkin is expected to guard the athletic defensive end on the line of scrimmage.

Sophomore defensive end Kemoko Turay blocked three kicks in a sensational redshirt-freshman season in 2014. Turay’s block against Michigan helped seal the Knights first Big Ten win.

After missing majority of training camp and the first two games of the season, junior wide receiver John Tsimis returned to the injury report on Monday. Tsimis will miss Saturday’s matchup with the Spartans due to a lower body injury. He has just two catches for 10 yards on the season for Rutgers.

Freshman midfielder Linde van Schaike played a pivotol role in the Knights 2-1 victory over Ohio, providing the assist in Rutgers’ opening goal.

Sophomore forward Jade Dixon tallied one of her team’s two goals in Sunday’s road win at Ohio with her strike at the 60:25 mark.

In order for Rutgers to have a strong showing on its road trip, junior forward Rachel Yaney said the team needs to stay disciplined.


Senior offensive tackle Keith Lumpkin said the Knights need to focus on limiting their turnovers. Rutgers is idle this Saturday before taking on No. 2 Michigan State when the team returns to action Oct. 10.

Sophomore running back Josh Hicks ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries behind a resurgent offensive line.

Josh Hicks and Robert Martin revived the ground game for Rutgers on Saturday in a 27-14 win over Kansas. The pair of sophomores both eclipsed the 100-yard mark, bringing their combined total to 623 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 103 carries to anchor a balanced offensive attack.


Under first-year offensive coordinator Ben McDaniels, sophomore Chris Laviano has been on the mark, leading the Big Ten in completion percentage.

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