Despite a disappointing end to a third straight season for the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team, the program has had two positive roster developmentalready this offseason.
The first bit of good news earlier this month was the news that goalkeeper Max Edelmann was granted an additional year of eligibility and will return as a redshirt senior next season. The All-Big Ten netminder produced nine games with double digit saves in 2018 and will provide Rutgers with some stability in the back of the defense next season, despite the loss of Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Michael Rexrode. In 32 career games at Rutgers, Edelman has a 22-10 record with a a 9.27 goals against average and .516 save percentage.
The second came via twitter this past Sunday night, as Detroit Mercy’s Brennan Kamish announced that he was transferring to Rutgers. The midfielder scored 19 goals as a freshman this past season, earning All-MAAC Second Team honors, as well as All-Rookie honors in his conference.
First, I would like to thank all the coaches who have offered me opportunities over the past couple weeks. With that being, said I will Be transferring to Rutgers University to play lacrosse and continue my academic career.— Brennan M. Kamish (@kamish_m) June 24, 2018
Go scarlet Knights! pic.twitter.com/z5hQRREkWo
Kamish was the third leading scorer on a Detroit Mercy team that went 9-7 this past season, finished with an RPI Ranking of 46 and lost to Canisius in the MAAC Championship game in overtime. He scored twice in the conference tournament final. Kamish also scored twice against Ohio State, but Detroit Mercy suffered a one goal loss in that game as well. For the season, Kamish finished with 21 points overall and had a .279 shot percentage, as well as a .559 shots on goal percentage.
As a recruit in the 2017 class, Kamish was ranked as the 72nd best prospect in the country and 23rd best midfielder by Inside Lacrosse. He earned All-State and U.S. Lacrosse All-American honors as a senior in high school after scoring 57 goals and dishing out 13 assists. The Wixom, Michigan native led Central Catholic to four consecutive MHSSA state finals during his scholastic career.
With the loss of top scorer and Big Ten points leader Jules Heningburg, as well as third leading scorer Christian Mazzone, Rutgers needed help on the offensive end for next season. While the addition of Kamish has not been officially announced by Rutgers, there is precedent that dictates it is likely that he will be eligible to play right away as a sophomore next season. In 2014, Jeff George transferred after his freshman season at UMASS and played the next three seasons for Rutgers, without ever having to sit out.
Adding Kamish, along with the expected return of 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year in Adam Charalambides, who has missed the past two seasons with injuries, the Rutgers attack could be in good shape entering next season. In addition, rising junior Kieran Mullins was second on the team with 31 goals and 17 assists, rising senior Casey Rose was fourth on the team last season with 21 goals and rising sophomore Tommy Coyne scored the fifth most with 16 goals.
Rutgers just graduated a senior class that produced 35 wins during their four year careers, which was the second most all-time of any class in program history. The group also helped the Scarlet Knights to win nine games in three consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. However, earning the first NCAA bid since 2004 eluded this highly decorated senior class. After this past season ended and knowing how much Rutgers was losing on the roster, it was certainly fair to be skeptical next year would be any different. Now, with the return of Edelman and expected addition of Kamish, along with Charalamblides returning from injury, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team has the potential to make a serious run in Big Ten and postseason play in 2019.