In the words of Hank Williams when he sang for Monday Night Football....are you ready for some football?
How about some field hockey or volleyball or, well, other stuff related to Rutgers? If you haven’t been thinking about anything but football, a) you really do need to get out more, and b) we’ve got it covered for you!
I happen to think that the Canadian National Anthem is a stirring piece of music. That being said, RU has not one but two players from up north. One of whom played in the 29th World Universiad in Taiwan.
Mael Gilles had a tournament-high 6 pts, however @CanBball ended Summer Universiad pool play with a loss to Japan.— Rutgers W.Basketball (@RutgersWBB) August 23, 2017
The 6’1” Gilles (pronounced: my-el j-eye-els) will be a freshman playing for C. Vivian Stringer this season. She was a member of the 2016 Canadian Development National Team and Canadian Junior Women’s National Team that placed eighth at the U19 World Championships in Russia, as well as the 2014 Canadian Women’s National Team that competed at the FIBA U17 Championship.
The sun, the moon, the sky above
Did you see the eclipse? Were you wearing protective glasses? I hope so!
Bad news: these won't work for #SolarEclispe2017— Rutgers Athletics (@RUAthletics) August 21, 2017
Good news: first 2,000 @rutgersU STUDENTS get a pair on Sept. 1 #WarBeforeTheShore pic.twitter.com/5spff2YEYj
The Rutgers marketing folks have been on overdrive - lots of Red Bull and lots of coffee - to promote everything, and especially the football opener against Washington. OTB will be back to talk more about that. A lot over the next week.
Taking the sticks on tour
All of our student athletes are involved in various service activities. Some are right in New Brunswick, such as working with Embrace Kids. Others take the players to far off lands.
FEATURE: Jenna & Katrina Martinelli reflect on volunteer trip to Costa Rica to teach lacrosse: https://t.co/cENADUM7yj pic.twitter.com/OeLvNp933s— Rutgers Women's Lax (@rulaxbrand) August 23, 2017
Current player Jenna Martinelli joined her older sister and former RU player Kristina on a trip to the Central American nation as chaperones with Student Cultural Exchange. The program saw Jenna and Katrina chaperone 21 student-athletes from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose and Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California on a volunteer trip to Playa Samara, Costa Rica, from Aug. 1-9. "What an amazing and fulfilling experience for Katrina and Jenna to have had," said head coach Laura Brand Sias. "Lacrosse provides so much opportunity to bond people of different backgrounds and we are all really proud of what they represent."
Preseason Big Ten recognition for Field Hockey
It’s always a good sign when your underclassmen are recognized on preseason honor rolls. Such is the case with RU Field Hockey.
3 #RUFH players named #B1GFH Preseason Honorees: Katie Larmour, Alanna Gollotto, Linde van Schaik. Story: https://t.co/MBBbPpQwpg @bigten pic.twitter.com/w4nS01Xiad— Rutgers Field Hockey (@RUFieldHockey) August 21, 2017
Rutgers field hockey had three players named as Big Ten Preseason Honorees Monday in a conference announcement. Sophomores Katie Larmour and Alanna Gollotto, alongside junior Linde van Schaik, earned the recognition.
The Knights begin their 2017 campaign today at 1 p.m., hosting Kent State. RU also welcomes Towson on Saturday at 1 p.m.
From the “Where are they now?” file
Remember Mike Dare?
6'6 Lackawanna QB Mike Dare in action. Mike will be the top JUCO QB in the country. One of highest recruited kids in HS. Kid is special. #QB pic.twitter.com/nBae57QVAQ— Tony Racioppi (@Tonyrazz03) August 21, 2017
The former RU recruit stepped away from Rutgers and is looking for a new place to land after some juco field time in Scranton.
Not everything is about sports
Sometimes, as with the Martinelli sisters, it’s about giving to others. Serving your community. Such is the case with Ryan Houser.
Rutgers student named EMT of year by national group https://t.co/HvPN4AqoUt pic.twitter.com/99opbMog8m— NJ.com (@njdotcom) August 22, 2017
The Morristown resident is a member of the town’s Minute Men First Aid Squad. Nice going, Ryan.
Wait a minute....my season tickets just arrived
Seriously. As I’m writing this on Wednesday, UPS pulled up and the guy says, “Didn’t you just get Jets tickets?” My shoulders drooped, my head fell, and I sadly confessed, “Yes.”
But, hey, my Rutgers football tickets are here!!
No, there is not a blue line across the tickets. I added that - as well as not including the barcode - for security. As a nice gesture, Rutgers threw in free tickets for other events: one each for men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s hoops, gymnastics, wrestling, and men’s and women’s lacrosse. There are some restrictions: for example, the men’s basketball is only good for the non-conference schedule and excludes the Seton Hall contest. Still, pretty cool.
Now, about that wrestling match in the Bronx....
The season tickets included the separate tickets for the Yankee Stadium game plus a diagram for the field and the wrestling match. It was my understanding that the mat was originally going to be in the home plate area. Scratch that. We are now wrestling in the left field corner, interestingly enough below where the Rutgers sign is on the mezzanine facade.
I will be getting my exercise walking from the match to my football seats. And, yes, I’m bringing binoculars.
From the House that “the Captain” Built to to RU captains
#RUvball NEWS: Volleyball Names Holze, Swackenberg Captains https://t.co/JCIfYUmjDT— Rutgers Volleyball (@RUvball) August 22, 2017
Rutgers volleyball will be led by a pair of captains in 2017 in senior setter Talia Holze and sophomore libero Karysa Swackenberg, it was announced by head coach CJ Wernke.
Holze is a two-time captain following her first time as a junior in 2016. She has played in 70 matches through her first three seasons. With 382 assists last fall, she brings a career total of 712 into her final year "On the Banks."
Swackenberg had an outstanding first season in 2016, serving as the team's primary libero and defensive specialist on the backline. She finished her rookie season with a team-high 309 digs and burst onto the scene in the opening tournament of the season with a spot on the Bryant Hampton Inn-vitational All-Tournament Team.
Players Weekend and a classy Patrick Kivlehan
We wrap up this edition of Knight Caps with baseball. This weekend, MLB is doing a tribute of sorts to the players, allowing them to use nicknames on their uniforms, which are themselves a tip o’ the hat to youth league unis. Rutgers’ own Patrick Kivlehan is wearing BELIEVE on his back, a tribute to teammate Eric Legrand.
WATCH: @PatrickKivlehan & @EricLeGrand52 talk #bELieve on @MLBNetwork https://t.co/dqgkHoNbxf#RBaseball @RFootball #PlayersWeekend pic.twitter.com/p3zMonGFS9— Rutgers Baseball (@BaseballRU) August 23, 2017
“I still remember the hit and the aftermath. We struggled afterwards, but Eric was always with us and still is," Kivlehan said of his decision to wear the word "Believe." #Rutgers
Eric also spent time in Princeton recently speaking to the Tigers’ football team. The man is legendary in my mind.
A BIG thank you to @EricLeGrand52 for sharing his wisdom with @PUTigerFootball! #Inspiration pic.twitter.com/DqeKG8dS6F— Princeton Football (@PUTigerFootball) August 22, 2017