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Rutgers Lacrosse: Men appear on the right track while women's struggles continue

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MEN

The record reads 4-7, 0-1 in the B1G.  They played, and lost, the first Big Ten Men's Lacrosse game.  Commissioner Jim Delany was in attendance in Baltimore as the Knights dropped a 9-7 game to No. 20 Johns Hopkins.  But only looking at the final result and the overall record would probably be a disservice to the team.  They led the Blue Jays 7-6 after three periods, a four-goal flurry to open the second half putting the Knights on top.  Some phenomenal saves by the Hopkins goalie saved them from a bigger deficit.  And the fourth quarter opened with the Blue Jays picking up three scores in the first seven minutes while the Knights went 0/4 on possessions.

This is a young squad.  It is now Brian Brecht's first four-year recruiting group, and going with youth is the way he succeeded at Siena College.  "We prepared well to come down and play a big time program," head coach Brian Brecht said. "Our guys were prepared and focused for today. Give Johns Hopkins a lot of credit; they are a great team with a lot of talented players. We got some great saves from our goalie. Our defense really tightened up. The way that we played in the third quarter, we needed to do that for sixty minutes to get a big win on the road against a top program."

Knight Notes

  • Jules Heningburg scored the first goal in the history of Big Ten Conference men's lacrosse.
  • Heningburg's goal at 14:48 of the first quarter was the earliest goal of the season for Rutgers.
  • Kris Alleyne made a season-high 12 saves.
  • Zack Sikora's fourth goal of the season represents a new career-high.
  • Joe Nardella has won double-digit faceoffs in 10 games this season (10-of-19 today).

Rutgers is playing pretty good lacrosse.  There is usually a lot of scoring in lacrosse, and Rutgers has done a good job at both ends.  Look at the season averages and you see that the Knights are more than competitive.  Taking out the 21-2 victory over NJIT, the Knights are still doing well.  The ranked teams are ranked for a reason, but a 7.5-11 scoring average deficit is pretty good considering the youth that Brecht is putting on the field.

Upcoming Schedule

4/05/15

at Michigan *

Ann Arbor, Mich.

12:00 p.m. ET


Why Highpoint Solutions Stadium?  Really?

The men are averaging 544 fans per contest n a 52,000 seat stadium.  That's 1% of capacity.  The women are averaging 229 per game.  Why are we playing in the stadium?  A more compact and "homey" environment could be achieved - and likely a better home field advantage - if both teams returned to Yurcak Field.  It is a great surface and with only about 5,000 seats, at least those 544 (10.8% capacity) and 229 (4.6%) fans wouldn't be lost.  Early season bad weather can be addressed by playing on the turf field by the stadium.  If you want the stadium because of the video board, well, put one in for soccer and lacrosse at Yurcak. But playing in the stadium?  That's just silly.

WOMEN

The opening game win against Villanova is a distant memory as now ten consecutive losses have been racked up by the women, including the first Big Ten Women's game, a 15-8 loss to No. 15/16 Penn State.  In fairness, the women have played five ranked teams, with a tough B1G schedule ahead.

Against PSU, Junior attacker Halley Barnes (No. 7 above), who led Rutgers with a hat trick, scored the program's first Big Ten Conference goal in the opening minutes, giving the team an early 1-0 lead. Penn State (8-3, 1-0 Big Ten) fought back with five consecutive goals to establish a lead it would not relinquish.

Knight Notes

  • Lauren Sbrilli can join the 100-goal club with one more score after posting a two-goal effort Saturday. She has 23 goals and four assists for a team-high 27 points.
  • Barnes posted her second game this season with three or more goals. She now has 14 goals and seven assists for 21 points.
  • Kim Kolodny has scored at least two goals in eight of 11 games.
  • Candace Dandridge made 10 saves for her sixth double-digit outing. She has 99 saves on the year

Results and Upcoming Schedule

3/28/15 vs. No. 15/16 Penn State * Piscataway, N.J. L, 15-8
3/31/15 vs. Lehigh TV Piscataway, N.J. 7:00 p.m. ET
4/04/15 at Maryland * College Park, Md. 12:00 p.m. ET