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Rutgers Roundup: Olympic Sports and Big Ten finales

A plethora and cornucopia of stuff, Rutgers and Big Ten related.

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Men's Lacrosse

Rutgers senior midfielder Joe Nardella was named Third Team All-American by the US Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).  In addition, Nardella and fellow senior Campbell Sode were named Scholar All-Americans by the USILA.

On the Big Ten front,  Maryland came up short in the national championship game, preventing a Terp sweep of lax titles.  Maryland lost to the University of Denver, 10-5.

Women's Soccer

It may be the spring, but players are being recognized for their performance and for expectations in the fall.   Rising senior defender Brianne Reed and rising sophomore goalkeeper Casey Murphy were named among the sport's top 10 players at their respective positions by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Men's Track

Several Rutgers athletes were named eligible for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships -East Preliminary.  That event begins on Thursday and runs through the weekend in Jacksonville.

M 400 m: Jermaine Griffith, ranked 75th nationally, 38th in the east

  • D'Andre Jordan, 57th in east

M Long Jump: Emeka Eze, 49th nationally, 28th in east

M Hammer Throw: Joseph Velez, 37th nationally, 22nd in east

M Javelin Throw: Thomas Carr, 11th nationally, 6th in east

  • Josh Suttmeier, 23rd nationally, 10th in east
  • Chris Mirabelli, 31st nationally, 17th in east 

Women's Track

Freshman Stacey Anning was named eligible for the women's NCAA Preliminary East competition in Jacksonville this weekend.  Anning is ranked 84th nationally in the Javelin and in the east she is 41st.

Rowing

Four Big Ten schools earned bids to the NCAA Rowing Championships.  Almost one-fifth of the teams will be from the conference as Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin were selected for the 22-team regatta.

Baseball

A record five Big Ten squads made the NCAA Baseball tournament.  Illinois was selected as one of 16 teams to host a regional and earned the No. 6 overall seed, the highest in school history. Illinois is the No. 1 seed in the Champaign Regional and opens the NCAA Tournament against fourth-seeded Ohio at 8 p.m. ET on Friday on ESPN3. With a win, the Fighting Illini would face the winner of third-seeded Wright State and second-seeded Notre Dame. The Fighting Illini are making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, and first since 2013.

The complete NCAA baseball bracket can be found here.

Softball

The NCAA Softball Tournament is already underway, with Big Ten champion Michigan advancing to theWomen's College World Series. The No. 3-ranked Michigan softball team rallied from an early deficit and staved off a late comeback to knock off No. 14 Georgia, 7-6, and claim an NCAA Super Regional sweep on Friday evening (May 22) in front of 2,582 fans at the Wilpon Complex

Women's Lacrosse

The Maryland Women's Lacrosse team brought the Big Ten another national title as it repeated as WLAX National Champions.