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Rutgers Men's Lacrosse and the Big Ten: First week in the books

The Big Ten is sponsoring lacrosse for the first time. Where do we stand?

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It was a good start to the men's lacrosse season as the Knights opened up with a 10-8 win over St. John's.  The full story is here.

The Knights are on the road this week. They open at home against perennial power Virginia.

2/14/15 at Richmond University Richmond, Va. 12:00 p.m. ET
2/21/15 University of Virginia Piscataway, N.J. 1:00 p.m. ET

Cool Helmets...YES!

Okay, it's "just" a helmet.  But it looks really cool.  I like it!  A lot. The team wore it with its all black uniforms at St. John's.  We need to use the Knight head logo more. Thoughts?

Rutgers Lacrosse History...recognizing a star RU Lax player

Former Rutgers men's lacrosse player Rick Mercurio was inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame on Feb. 7.

Mercurio graduated from Rutgers in 1975, appearing on three NCAA Tournament teams with the Scarlet Knights. As a senior, Mercurio earned the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Scholar Athlete Award.

After his time at Rutgers, Mercurio enjoyed a decorated coaching career, serving as the head coach at Suffolk Community College and Sachem High School in Long Island, N.Y.  Mercurio coached 15 High School All-Americans during his time at Sachem and over 200 All-League/Division and All-County recipients.  Former players who competed under Mercurio include Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht and Marquette men's lacrosse head coach Joe Amplo.

The Big Ten in play

Including Rutgers, the Big Ten men's lacrosse teams posted a 4-1 record on Saturday's opening day of action, including three squads scoring at least 15 goals.

Saturday, Feb. 7
#5/6 Johns Hopkins def. UMBC, 16-4
Michigan def. Bellarmine, 16-9
Detroit def. #20/rv Ohio State, 10-8
#15/17 Penn State def. Vermont, 15-8
Rutgers def. St. John's, 10-8

Big Ten Scoring Leaders

GOALS PER GAME
Rank Player Games Goals
1 Ryan Brown-JHU 1 7
2 Trasolini, Christian-RU 1 4
Schlosser, Mikie-MICH 1 4
McCormack, David-MICH 1 4
5 Shack Stanwick-JHU 1 3
Florence, Matt-PSU 1 3
Sanders, TJ-PSU 1 3


Big Ten Players of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week

Ryan Brown, Johns Hopkins, Jr. - A - Sykesville, Md.

Defensive Player of the Week

Connor Darcey, Penn State, So. - G - Wellesley, Mass.

Specialist of the Week

Christopher May, Ohio State, Sr. - M - McLean, Va.

Freshman of the Week

Shack Stanwick, Johns Hopkins, M - Baltimore, Md.