PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers’ No. 4 men’s lacrosse hosts Penn State this Saturday at 4 p.m. in the team’s regular season finale. The annual rivalry match is contested for the Friendship Cup and will be the team’s annual senior day and alumni appreciation day. Rutgers enters the game at 11-2 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten play. A win would give RU a season-high 12 program wins, while the Scarlet Knights can clinch a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a win and a loss at Maryland.
The contest will be broadcast nationally by Big Ten Network. Jason Ross Jr. and Mark Dixon will be on the call, while Jake Schmeid and Chris Tsakonas will be on the radio call for WRSU.
About the Scarlet Knights
Rutgers is No. 4 in all national polls and No. 5 in the NCAA RPI. The Scarlet Knights’ 11-2 record includes wins over No. 5 and No. 11 in the media poll, with defeats on the road to No. 1 and No. 3.
Last weekend, RU held a 9-3, 11-6 lead, then held on for a 13-12 victory at Michigan. RU was led by Ronan Jacoby who scored three goals, including the game-winner with 3:41 to play.
Rutgers has three offensive starters in their first year starting offensively in the UK. Ross Scott (31 goals, 21 assists), Mitch Bartolo (30 goals, 12 assists) and Brian Cameron (25 goals) have all excelled. Besides, Ronan Jacoby (28 goals) and Shane Knobloch (24 goals) contributed to the score from midfield. Sixth offensive starter for Rutgers, Ryan Gallagher, had a season-best four points at Michigan last weekend. Rutgers is one of five teams in the country with five players to have over 30 points.
In Big Ten games, Rutgers have been led offensively by midfielders Shane Knobloch (9 goals, 4 assists) and Ronan Jacoby (8 goals, 4 assists), with striker Mitch Bartolo adding nine goals and one assist.
Nationally, Rutgers is second in turnovers (13.54) and clearance percentage (91.9%), fourth in scoring offense (15.46) and fifth in margin of rating (4.77) and points (23.77). Individually, Ethan Rall is first in the Big Ten and 13and at the national level in turnover generated (1.85). Colin Kirst is the NCAA’s top 15 in save percentage (.553) and goals-against average (10.30), while also second in the Big Ten in saves per game (11.69).
The Rutgers defense has won six of 11 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week awards this season. Jaryd Jean-Felix picked up their third weekly award of the season this week, joined by Ethan Rall (twice) and Bobby Russo.
Rall caused 24 turnovers on the season. He is currently tied with Kyle Pless (2019) and Nick Contino (2013, 2012) for the most-caused single-season turnovers since the program began tracking stats in 2006. Rall has 57 turnovers. business caused in his career, fifth most in RU since 2006, and two away from tying Pless and Andrew D’Agostino for 3rd more.
About Penn State
Penn State, which started the season nationally, is 3-9 overall and 1-3 in conference. The Nittany Lions hold wins over No. 5 Yale, Michigan (in overtime) and Lafayette.
Their attack is led by Mac Costin with 19 goals and Will Peden with 20 assists and 30 points. PSU includes seven players who have scored between 10 and 19 goals.
Penn State leads the Big Ten in saves per game (14.33) behind goalie Aleric Fyock, who has a 13.90 goals-against average and .507 save percentage. Hudson Bohn is 46.4% on faceoffs (115 of 248).
About the series
Rutgers has 45 all-time wins against Penn State since 1946, the most wins for RU against a single team. RU is 45-24 all-time and 4-4 since the teams joined the Big Ten in 2015. Last season, Rutgers swept the series, earning an 11-9 victory over the No. 6 Penn State to open the season, then picking up a 22-10 victory on the road later in the season. That 12-goal margin was RU’s largest in a Big Ten game. The annual rivalry game is contested for the Friendship Cup.
The final home game of the season will include post-game Senior Day ceremonies. RU will recognize 27 seniors at a post-match ceremony as the program recognizes all of its players who graduate from undergraduate or masters this spring.
Graduate Appreciation Day
The final home game will also be the annual Alumni Appreciation Day. This season, RU will recognize the 50and anniversary of the 1972 NCAA Tournament team and the 30and anniversary for the 1992 team. The team also welcomes all Hall of Famers to the program.
Tom Hayes Celebration of Life
This Saturday will include a ‘Celebration of Life’ pre-match event to honor the legacy of former RU head coach Tom Hayes. Hayes led the team from 1975 to 2000 and has the most wins in program history. The team wear ‘Tom Hayes’ on the back of their shirts this season. A pre-match event will pay tribute to the former manager, and his family will also be recognized at half-time and during a pre-match moment of silence.
With a Victory
A victory for Rutgers would represent
- 12 from Rutgersand victory of the season would be a new program record.
- Rutgers can clinch a share of the Big Ten championship for the first time with a win AND a loss to Maryland in its Saturday game (6 p.m., Saturday vs. Johns Hopkins).
- With a win in Maryland, Rutgers would secure a runners-up conference finish for RU for the second consecutive season.
- Rutgers’ 4-1 finish in the Big Ten would be its best conference record in the Big Ten’s traditional single-game (non-COVID) conference format.
- Rutgers is reportedly 12-3 in conference play over the past two years.
- Rutgers would improve to 7-0 this season, 11-1 over the past two seasons and 13-2 over the past three seasons in home games.
- Rutgers would go undefeated in Senior Days since joining the Big Ten.
- Rutgers would finish the regular season conference roster undefeated against all non-Maryland teams for the second consecutive season.
Rutgers University track and field success
As Rutgers University grew into the Big Ten Conference and invested in building facilities, Scarlet Knight teams at all levels began to see increased success on the field. on playgrounds.
Rutgers had nine nationally ranked sports programs in the 2021-22 school year, with men’s lacrosse being joined by men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, women’s lacrosse, rowing and baseball. Four of these programs (Men’s Lacrosse #4, Baseball #8, Women’s Lacrosse #14 and Rowing #17) are currently ranked and in action this spring. Additionally, men’s basketball made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, the first time for that program since 1976.
Rutgers is assured the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament and will receive a bye to the quarterfinals. The Scarlet Knights next play in the semi-finals on Thursday, May 5 at College Park, Maryland.