After sophomore attackman Kieran Mullins tied a career high of 8 goals in leading Rutgers to a dominating 16-8 victory over then ranked Michigan this past Sunday, it seemed obvious he would earn the honor of Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. It was made official when he was named as such on Tuesday afternoon.
Mullins produced as many goals, as well as one assist, as the entire Wolverines team did on Sunday, and equaled his 8 goal performance that he also produced against Michigan last season. After such a strong outing on Sunday, Mullins is now second on the team with 25 goals, 14 assists, and 39 total points.
In addition, Michael Rexrode was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and Max Edelmann was named Big Ten Specialist of the Week. Rexrode, who is a senior captain, forced two turnovers and scooped up two ground balls in holding Michigan to their second lowest scoring total of the season.
Edelmann had a season high 14 saves and held the Wolverines scoreless for the first 34 minutes of the game. It was the fourth straight game that Edelmann had double digit saves, has the second most saves in the Big Ten and he is allowing just 9.25 goals per game this season. It was the first time Rutgers held an opponent scoreless in the first half in over a decade.
Rutgers picked up their fourth win of the season over a ranked opponent in beating Michigan and are now ranked 8th in the country per this week’s Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The Scarlet Knights are now 8-3 on the season and 1-1 in Big Ten play. They are set for another top ten showdown this coming Sunday night, as Rutgers travels to take on the #1 team in the country, the Maryland Terrapins (9-1; 2-0). The game will air live on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m.