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Lacrosse facing early challenges

Both the men and women are coming off losses and look to get things back on track before the Big Ten schedule commences.

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Men's Lacrosse

2/24/15
vs. Wagner W 8 - 6
2/28/15    
vs. Monmouth              
12:00 p.m. ET

There have been 44 NCAA Championships in Men's Lacrosse, dating back to 1971.  Rutgers has hosted the championships eight times.  It has been in the tournament nine times, but the last time was 2004. Since that last NCAA appearance, the Knights have gone 54-90 (not counting 2015).  The best of those years was 2014 when Rutgers went 8-8.  They currently stand at 1-2, pending the outcome of the Wagner game today, and are looking at a challenging schedule that include three currently-ranked opponents, as well as the new Big Ten conference.

UPDATE: Scoring two goals in the last 14 seconds of the first half, Rutgers went on evened its season record at 2-2 with an 8-6 win at home over Wagner (0-2)

Following their season opening win against St. John's, RU has dropped the next two, including the home opener against No. 6/5 Virginia 14-5 at High Point Solutions Stadium.  The Scarlet Knights got three goals from captain Scott Bieda, but were unable to capitalize on key opportunities against the Cavaliers (3-0).

"It's great for our program to have the No. 5 team in the country come to High Point Solutions Stadium," head coach Brian Brecht said. "It's exciting to play against these teams, and we want to challenge ourselves with our scheduling. When you have those challenges, to have success, you have to make your opportunities count. We did some nice things and got some good shots. We have to connect on those to win a game like this."

"We're getting better each week," Brecht said. "We're a better team now than we were a week ago. To challenge ourselves against a team like Virginia is going to help us going forward. We have five games in the next 14 days. We'll put this one behind us and get ready for the midweek game coming up."

POSTGAME NOTES

  • Scott Bieda tied his career-high in goals, with his fifth career three goal game. He led the team in goals for the second consecutive game, and currently paces RU with six goals and eight assists.
  • Freshman Chad Toliver now has a team-high three assists.
  • Jeff George and Michael Rexrode each caused two turnovers.
  • Virginia now leads the all-time series 6-4, including the last four meetings.

Women's Lacrosse

02/25/15 vs. Monmouth Piscataway, N.J. 4:00 p.m. ET
02/28/15 at Delaware Newark, Del. 1:00 p.m. ET

If you thought the men had a challenging schedule, the women have eight currently-ranked teams to face this year.  That includes five Big Ten opponents.

In its most recent game, despite four unanswered goals to start the game, Rutgers fell to Fairfield (2-1) last weekend. Sophomore Kristina Dunphey scored the first goals of her career in a hat trick day.

"We need to work on our hustle game. I think we got out-hustled to a lot of balls and kudos to Fairfield that they fought for the full 60 minutes," said head coach Laura Brand-Sias. "When things were going our way I think we did a really nice job moving the ball, but once the weather conditions came into play and we needed to really fight and scrap for things, we didn't do a good job of that."

Rutgers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 14 minutes of action behind two goals from sophomore Amanda Turturro, a score from junior Kim Kolodny and the first of three goals on the day from Dunphey.  Redshirt senior Lauren Sbrilli brought the Scarlet Knight back to begin the second half, winning the opening draw control and taking it the distance for an unassisted strike. Sbrilli tallied her second goal of the game two minutes later, when Dunphey found her just outside the crease for the 7-7 equalizer at 27:15.

Junior Halley Barnes' third goal of the season kept the Knights close and with 9:02 remaining, Dunphey scored again with a nifty spin move in front for the finish.

Senior goalie Candice Dandridge recorded six saves in her first loss of the season.

Game Notes

  • Rutgers lost to Fairfield for the first time in series history Saturday and now leads the series, 3-1.
  • With the loss, the Scarlet Knights are now 23-1 all-time against MAAC opponents.
  • Following the career day, Dunphey assumed the team's points lead with five this season.
  • Kolodny, Sbrilli and Turturro each scored two goals in the loss.
  • Through two games, Kolodny, Turturro and Vlahos all own four points each.
  • Kolodny scored her first free position goal of the year against Fairfield.
  • Vlahos' two draw controls bumper her career total to 83. She is 17 shy of becoming the fifth player in program history with more than 100 draw control wins.
  • Sbrill led Rutgers with five shots and notched two goals against the Stags. She needs 10 more points to become the 19th player in program history to join the 100-point club.
  • It was the second consecutive game Sbrilli led RU in shots.
  • Elliott's three ground balls tied her career-high.
  • Senior attack Melissa Arthur led Rutgers with two assists.

Around the Big Ten and Lacrosse

IWLCA Women's Ranking

RANK

SCHOOL

RECORD

POINTS

PREVIOUS

1

Maryland (20)

2-0

400

1

2

North Carolina

3-1

376

2

3

Syracuse

3-0

363

3

4

Florida

3-1

333

4

5

Duke

5-0

313

8

6

Northwestern

3-1

283

5

7

Boston College

3-0

279

6

8

Virginia

1-1

266

7

9

Penn State

2-0

213

10

10

Ohio State

4-0

200

11

11

Princeton

1-0

194

15

12

Penn

1-0

167

14

13

Louisville

2-0

164

13

14

Loyola (Md.)

0-1

150

9

15

Stanford

2-0

133

19

16

Notre Dame

3-1

115

12

17

Stony Brook

1-0

82

16

18

Johns Hopkins

2-1

51

17

19

James Madison

2-1

42

20

20

Denver

2-1

37

18

Men's Rankings  USILA Coaches

RANK

SCHOOL

RECORD

POINTS

PREVIOUS

1

Denver (13)

3-0

278

1

2

Syracuse

3-0

261

2

3

Notre Dame

2-0

245

3

4

North Carolina (1)

4-0

244

4

5

Virginia

3-0

219

6

6

Duke

3-1

195

5

7

Yale

2-0

175

16

8

Albany

1-0

136

13

9

Army

3-1

131

11

10

Harvard

1-0

123

12

11

Maryland

1-1

116

7

12

Johns Hopkins

2-2

115

9

13

Cornell

1-1

110

10

14

Loyola (Md.)

2-2

97

8

15

Towson

2-1

95

T14

16

Penn

2-0

89

T14

17

Marquette

3-0

80

18

18

Princeton

2-0

66

NR

19

Holy Cross

2-0

45

NR

20

Colgate

3-0

43

20

Through Feb. 23

Dropped out: No. 17 Penn State, No. 19 Drexel.

Also receiving votes: Drexel, Marist, Penn State, Ohio State, Brown, Villanova, Lehigh, Detroit, Hofstra, Richmond, High Point.

Big Ten Weekly Awards

Men's Offensive Player of the Week

Jesse King, Ohio State, So. - A/M - Victoria, British Columbia

  • Scored five goals in the Buckeyes' 15-5 victory over Dartmouth
  • Posted a team- and career-high seven groundballs
  • Scored one goal in the first quarter and tallied four scores in the third quarter
  • Currently ranks third in the Big Ten in both goals per game (3.00) and points per game (4.25)

Men's Defensive Player of the Week

Evan Mulchrone, Ohio State, Sr. - LSM - Chicago, Ill.

  • Helped the Buckeyes limit Dartmouth to just five goals and 19 shots
  • Grabbed one groundball and caused a turnover in Ohio State's 15-5 victory
  • Current leads the Big Ten with 1.75 turnovers per game

Men's Specialist of the Week

Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins, Sr. - FO - Wayne, Pa.

  • Secured 12-of-19 faceoffs and picked up six ground balls against No. 4 North Carolina
  • Currently averaging 4.00 ground balls per game, which is tied for fourth in the Big Ten

Men's Co-Freshmen of the Week

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

  • Scored two goals on two shots at No. 4 North Carolina
  • Registered the third multi-goal game of his career
  • Currently ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 3.00 points per game

Trevor Hodgins, Ohio State, M - Spencerville, N.Y.

  • Scored two goals on two shots in the Buckeyes' 15-5 victory over Dartmouth
  • Secured the first two goals of his career

Women's Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week

Selena Lasota, Northwestern, Fr. - A - Campbell River, B.C.

  • Scored 11 goals on 16 shots in the Wildcats' contests against No. 8 Duke and Marquette
  • Tallied five consecutive goals versus the No. 8 Blue Devils
  • Collected a season-best six goals in the 13-6 win over Marquette

Women's Defensive Player of the Week

Megan Douty, Maryland, Sr. - D - Fair Haven, N.J. - Rumson Fair Haven Regional

  • Anchored a defensive unit that helped Maryland produce a 13-11 win over No. 2 North Carolina
  • Recorded a game-high four groundballs, and caused three turnovers