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Rutgers Lacrosse: Men & Women Prep for B1G Openers

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Both squads have topped last year's win totals. It's crunch time as conference play opens up this weekend.

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When you fall out of the rankings, it's tough to get back in.  Rutgers Men's Lacrosse had been as high as No. 16, but with back-to-back losses to then-No. 18 Stony Brook and unranked Princeton, the Knights are receiving votes but aren't in the Top 20.  Currently 7-2, Rutgers begins its 2016 Big Ten season Saturday night at home against No. 9 Johns Hopkins.

Rutgers has already surpassed last season's win total (5-10, 1-4 B1G) and is coming off of a 15-11 victory over Delaware.  Rutgers hasn't lost when they've scored in double digits.

Hopkins is 4-3 on the season and actually fell two spots in the rankings this week. They come off a 13-12 OT loss to unranked (but receiving votes) Virginia. In games against common opponents, RU lost to Princeton, 10-7 on the road while the Blue Jays beat PU, 17-7 at home.

Results and Upcoming Schedule

3/26/16 vs. Delaware Piscataway, N.J. W, 15-11
4/02/16 vs. Johns Hopkins * Piscataway, NJ 7:00 p.m. ET

For the second straight week, Rutgers has the Big Ten's Freshman of the Week.

Freshman of the Week

Adam Charalambides, Rutgers, A - Georgetown, Ontario

  • Scored three goals and added two assists en route to five total points in the Scarlet Knights' win over Delaware
  • Scored at least three goals for the fifth time this season, and recorded his third five-point game
  • Earns his sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week plaudit and second in as many weeks
  • Last Rutgers Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Adam Charalambides (March 22, 2016)

Women's Lacrosse

Sandwiched around a home loss to James Madison, the women's squad has rebounded with two wins to up its record to 3-7.  Like the men, the women have eclipsed last year's win total (2-16, 1-4 B1G) and are now lined up for the Big Ten season, heading to State College for Saturday afternoon's opener.

Kristina Dunphy leads to team with 24 goals, followed by Halley Barnes 22.  Amanda Turturro tops the squad with 12 assists.  The Knights are, though, being outshot by their opponents, 205-188.

Penn State (7-2) is ranked No. 9 in the country and is coming off a 16-10 loss on the road to No. 10 Stanford.  They play Drexel Wednesday night at home.

Results and Upcoming Schedule

3/25/16 at Hofstra Hempstead, N.Y. W, 18-13
4/02/16 at Penn State * University Park, Pa. 1:00 p.m. ET
4/05/16 at Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. 7:00 p.m. ET