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Adam Charalambides & Connor Kirst make Tewaaraton Award Top 25 Watch List

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The two seniors have helped lead Rutgers to its best season in many years.

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No. 6 Rutgers men’s lacrosse (7-2) is having its best season in years and the good news continued on Thursday. Seniors Adam Charalambides and Connor Kirst were included among 25 candidates for the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the top player in collegiate lacrosse.

Charalambides leads Rutgers with 35 goals and 12 assists for a team high 47 points. He is currently fourth nationally with a 3.89 goals per game average and has scored at least four goal in five of nine games this season. His 5.22 points per game average is ninth nationally. His performance last weekend on Saturday to secured the win over Johns Hopkins moved him into fourth place all-time at Rutgers with 140 career goals. This is the second time that Charalambides has been named to the Tewaaraton Top 25 Watch List.

Kirst, who transferred to RU before the season from Villanova, has delivered in a big way this spring. He is second on the team with 25 goals, 14 assists and 39 points, giving the Scarlet Knights a potent third offensive weapon along with Charalambides and Kieran Mullins. Kirst ranks fourth in the Big Ten with a 4.33 points per game average and fifth with a 2.78 goals per game average. He has scored at least a hat trick in six of nine games this season.

Rutgers has now had at least one player nominated for the Tewaaraton Watch List seven seasons in a row. The complete list of nominees for the award can be viewed here.

Mullins was previously nominated twice in his career for the Tewaaraton Award and was named one of 10 finalists for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award earlier this week. Criteria includes notable achievements in four areas of excellence in community, classroom, character and competition. You can vote for him here.

The Scarlet Knights conclude the 2021 regular season on Sunday, April 25 on the road against Michigan (2-7) at noon ET.