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Rutgers Lacrosse: Both men & women earn B1G weekly honors

The teams went in different directions on the scoreboard, but both ended up with individual honors from the conference.

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We gave you a quick overview of weekend Olympic sports action; now for a more complete run down in lacrosse.

The men and women's lacrosse teams had different results over the weekend.  But they can both claim Big Ten player honors.

For the men, Chad Oliver earned Freshman of the Week while Candice Dandridge picked up Co-Defensive Player of the Week on the women's side. Details of their awards, along with the other Big Ten awards are below.

Men's Lacrosse

The men dropped a 15-7 decision on the road to Richmond.  It was the second road game of the season and the Knights evened their record at 1-1.

Scott Bieda led the Scarlet Knights with three points, scoring twice and adding an assist. Five other Rutgers players scored goals: Brian Goss, Chad Toliver, Jeff George, Zack Sikora, and Connor Murphy.

"Richmond was the better team today," head coach Brian Brecht said. "They did a great job in every aspect of the game. My hope is that we can learn from this experience and figure out what our identity is as a team as we head through the season and prepare for our home opener next week."

The Knights will head home with their next five games scheduled for High Points Solutions Stadium. Next up for RU is the home opener against No. 9 Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.

Postgame Notes
·         Freshman Chad Toliver scored his first career goal.
·         Freshmen Joe Francisco and Alex Schoen each won their first career faceoff.
·         Two freshmen made their career debut - Alex Larson and Alex Bronzo.
·         Larson played the fourth quarter in goal, making four saves and allowing one goal.
·         Joe Nardella and Nick Capparelli each had a caused turnover.
·         Rutgers scored first in the game for the second time this season.

More Recognition

Rutgers sophomore Christian Trasolini was named Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week, it was announced Thursday. The sophomore was chosen by fan voting on InsideLacrosse.com. Trasolini spurred Rutgers to a 10-8 victory at St. John's in the season opener with five points, scoring four goals and adding one assist. It was Trasolini's fifth five-plus point game of his career and his eighth multi-goal game of his career.

Rutgers Men in the Pros

Former Scarlet Knight attackman Scott Klimchak has been claimed by Major League Lacrosse's Ohio Machine, the team announced.  Klimchak was a four-year letterwinner at Rutgers from 2010 to 2014, and finished his career "On the Banks" with 124 goals, which ranks sixth all-time in Rutgers history. The Clark, N.J., native won the team's William Miller Trophy in 2014, awarded to the team member who has constituted an inspiration to his teammates and made the greatest contribution to the team in the season's play.

Klimchak joins seven other Rutgers lacrosse alumni in the professional ranks in the past year. Justin Penningtonand Chris O'Dougherty helped lead the Denver Outlaws to a MLL Championship. Brendan Porter and Will Manganwere members of the Boston Cannons, while Chris Mattes and Duncan Clancy were with the Florida Launch.

Joining them in the National Lacrosse League will be Michael Diehl, who has played three games this season for the New England Black Wolves, his second professional season in the NLL. O'Dougherty is also currently in the NLL with the Vancouver Stealth. Keith Cromwell, who is the Scarlet Knights' all-time leading goal-scorer, is an associate coach in the MLL with the New York Lizards. Current senior Joe Nardella was recently drafted by the MLL's Boston Cannons.

Women's Lacrosse

Behind three goals from senior midfielder Jenny Vlahos and multi-goal performances by Kim Kolodny and Halley Barnes, the Rutgers women's lacrosse team opened the 2015 season with a 10-7 win over Villanova Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium.

"We needed the first half to find our rhythm and gave up some momentum in the process, but the second half displayed more of our game plan," said 13-year head coach Laura Brand-Sias. "It always feels good to be 1-0 and we definitely have some great opportunities to improve heading into next week."

Down 5-4 at the end of the first half, the Scarlet Knights (1-0) exploded to start the second stanza to take the lead. Two quick goals to begin the half by senior attack Melissa Arthur and Barnes gave RU its first lead since the squad scored the first goal of the game.

From there, RU kept the pressure on. After surrendering a Villanova (0-1) goal, the Scarlet Knights distanced themselves with three unanswered goals.

Sophomore Amanda Turturro recorded her first goal of the year at 23:44 to make it 8-6 before Vlahos padded the lead with a free position score minutes later. Kolodny picked up her second goal of the contest and capped the RU scoring at 10 to seal the victory with less than three minutes remaining in the game.

Senior goalie Candice Dandridge thrived in the cage, making a career-best 10 saves in the victory.

Rutgers is back in action next Saturday, Feb. 21 at Fairfield for a 2 p.m. matchup. A win would improve the Scarlet Knights to a 2-0 start for the second consecutive season.

Game Notes

  • With the win, Rutgers improved to 22-1 against Villanova all-time.
  • The Scarlet Knights are now 15-23-1 all-time in season openers and 17-21-1 in home openers.
  • Vlahos continued her success on the draw, winning a team-best three draw controls Saturday. With 81 for her career, she is 19 shy of becoming the fifth player in program history with more than 100 draw control wins.
  • Senior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli led Rutgers with six shots and notched the 77th goal of her career. She needs 12 more points to become the 19th player in program history to join the 100-point club.
  • Dandridge's 10 saves were a new career-high.
  • Making their debuts in Scarlet were freshmen Christine DiLullo, Joanna Reilly and Kerri Puckhaber
  • Turturro, sophomore Kristina Dunphey and junior captain Kristin Kocher all recorded assists in the win.

Around the Big Ten

Women's Ranking -- INSIDE LACROSSE DIVISION I WOMEN'S MEDIA TOP 20

1.     Maryland

5. Northwestern

10. Ohio State

12. Penn State

Big Ten Weekly Awards

Men

Offensive Player of the Week

Ian King, Michigan, So. - A - Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Scored six goals and added two assists in the Wolverines' 15-6 win over Detroit
  • Six goals and eight total points both marked single-game school records
  • Scored three goals in both the first half and second half

Defensive Player of the Week

Kyle Bernlohr, Maryland, Sr. - GK - Akron, Ohio

  • Collected 12 saves and allowed just one goal in the Terrapins' 8-1 win over Navy
  • Helped Maryland limit Navy to one goal for the first time since 1931 in the all-time series

Specialist of the Week

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

  • Secured 26-of-36 faceoffs and picked up 20 ground balls in the Buckeyes' wins over Robert Morris and Delaware
  • Claimed 15-of-20 faceoffs and gathered 11 ground balls versus Robert Morris
  • Won 11-of-16 faceoffs and collected nine ground balls against Delaware

Freshman of the Week

Chad Toliver, Rutgers, M - Milton, Ga.

  • Scored his first career goal versus Richmond

Women

Offensive Player of the Week

Zoe Stukenberg, Maryland, So. - M - Ellicott City, Md.

  • Scored three goals and tallied three assists en route to a career-high six total points in the Terrapins' season-opening win over William & Mary
  • Scored goals on all three of her attempted shots

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Emi Smith, Penn State, Jr. - G - Denver, Colo.

  • Recorded 10 saves in the Nittany Lions' 15-7 win over Lehigh
  • Six saves came in the second half, allowing Penn State to go on a 5-0 run to begin the frame

Candice Dandridge, Rutgers, Sr. - G - Cherry Hill, N.J. - Cherry Hill West

  • Posted 10 saves in the Scarlet Knights' 10-7 victory over Villanova
  • Allowed just two goals in the final 36 minutes of the contest

Freshman of the Week

Megan Whittle, Maryland, A - Glenwood, Md.

  • Scored two goals on three shots in her collegiate debut to help the Terrapins' record a 15-5 win over William & Mary