It was a rough first year for coach Laura Brand- Sias (2-16, 1-4 B1G), but help may be on the way in the form of two of her incoming recruits.
Congrats to our incoming freshmen Dana Gisonno and Emily Santana on their National First Team All American Awards!! #WeRB1G— Rutgers Women's Lax (@rulaxbrand) June 10, 2015
Quality players can make a difference! Information on the rest of the recruiting class is here.
Pennington was a two-time All-American at Rutgers, earning Honorable Mention honors in 2008 and 2010. A 2008 and 2009 First Team All-ECAC and 2010 First Team All-BIG EAST selection, Pennington led the squad in assists his final three years in a Scarlet Knights uniform. Playing for the defending champion Denver Outlaws, Pennington has recorded six goals and three assists in seven games this season. The midfielder from Flemington, N.J. has played in 54 career games in the MLL with 36 goals and 13 assists.
Bernhardt recently completed his first season as a Rutgers assistant coach. He joined RU's staff after a highly decorated playing career collegiately and with Team USA. Bernhardt was the fourth overall pick by the Bayhawks in the 2013 Collegiate Draft. The defenseman is in his third season with the team, and has recorded 21 ground balls in seven games, while scoring two goals and adding one assist.
The Scarlet Knights have six former players on MLL rosters this season, including recent graduate Joe Nardella, who is set to join the Boston Cannons. Nardella will be teammates with RU alumn Brendan Porter. Chris O'Dougherty is teammates with Pennington on the Denver Outlaws, while Chris Mattes and Duncan Clancy are members of the Florida Launch.
Anthony Ashnault posted a 4-1 record and finished third at 66 KG at the 2015 USA UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials on Friday in Madison, Wisc. Ashnault, who earned a spot on the USA University World Team last summer, defeated Freddy Stroker by decision, 7-6, to earn the third-place designation.
Women's World Cup
Rutgers' two participants (Carli Lloyd and Jonelle Filigno) were in action last week as the U.S. tied Sweden, 0-0, and Canada equaled the Americans with a 0-0 finish with New Zealand. For the record, and in the interest of full disclosure, neither player scored.
The U.S. takes on Nigeria next in Group D on Tuesday, June 16 at 5:00 pm local time. Canada plays China at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Monday at 7:30 pm local.
Got tickets? It seems that Rutgers and the Big Ten are still a, well, a hot ticket. There are 2,000 new season ticket sales thus far. Having defending national champion Ohio State and Michigan State on the home docket certainly helps, but there is also interest in the Knights, too!
I never realized what a nasty streak I had. I will first admit that I came across the term schadenfreude in the Broadway musical, Avenue Q. But what a great term. And that brings us to something you may have already seen but is definitely worth mentioning again....and again:
The UConn Rivalry Trophy
That's the trophy that the other team - UCF - doesn't know/acknowledge exists.
You really can't make that stuff up!