The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team has begun this season by winning two of its first three games and have seen a newcomer become a major contributor from the start. Freshman Marin Hartshorn from Allentown, New Jersey has made an immediate impact and has already become just the second player in program history to garner Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors multiple times in a season. She has earned the accolades the last two weeks.
The freshman has scored multiple goals in all three games so far, tallying 9 total, which is tied for the team lead with sophomore Taralyn Naslonski, who also won multiple Big Ten weekly rookie honors last season. Marin is also netting more than half of her shots on goal (9-17 for 52.9%). She is tied for third on the team with 3 assists and is second with 12 points overall.
Hartshorn also leads Rutgers with 15 draw controls and her 5.0 per game average is tied for third best in the Big Ten. She is also tied for fifth in the conference by averaging four points per game.
Her sister Kali stars for Maryland and won Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2017. The siblings will meet as opponents last this season after being teammates previously at Allentown High School.
With returning players Naslonski, Samantha Budd and Allie Ferrera, Rutgers currently has four players averaging 2 or more goals per game this season. Abbey Brooks, who was fifth on the team last season with 17 goals, had 4 so far as well. After losing a combined 54 goals from last season’s team with the graduation of Paige Paratore and Kerri Puckhaber, adding Hartshorn to the mix has been a huge addition for the program.
This Saturday, February 23rd, Rutgers (2-1) visits Delaware (1-1), a team they beat last season but have lost to at their place the previous two meetings in Newark back in 2015 & 2017. The game is at 3 p.m. ET can be watched live here. The Scarlet Knights are averaging over 14 goals per game this season and will look to keep things going in this matchup.