Men’s Lacrosse No. 8 plays at Hofstra on Saturday
PISCATAWAY, NJ – The No. 8 Rutgers men’s lacrosse is back in action this Saturday, traveling to Long Island to take on Hofstra. Saturday’s first showdown is at 1 p.m. for the team’s non-conference final.
The game will mark the return to James M. Shuart Stadium for Rutgers, the site of the NCAA quarterfinal game against No. 1 UNC. The road game marks the fourth straight weekend on the road, making it four out of five road games overall.
Saturday will mark the team’s second game this week after a midweek win as RU beat Lafayette 22-10 on Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights had 12 different goalscorers, led by four goals and three assists from Ross Scott and four goals Ronan Jacoby. Mitch Bartolo, Brian Cameron, Jack Aimone and Dante Kulas. Rutgers reached the 20-goal plateau for the second time this season and marked the fifth time in the past two seasons that RU had scored at least 22 goals.
Rutgers now has three players with at least 20 goals this season: Ross Scott (24), Mitch Bartolo (20) and Ronan Jacoby (20). The Scarlet Knights are one of only two schools in the nation with three players with 20+ goals, joining Michigan.
MSL Ethan Rall had four ground balls and four caused turnovers against Lafayette. With 53 career-caused turnovers, he’s poised to pass recent Rutgers All-Americans Michael Rexrode (55) and Kyle Pless (59) in the program’s career record books. He leads the Big Ten and is sixth nationally at 2.29 per game. As a team, Rutgers is third nationally in turnovers (13.57/game) and clearance percentage (90.3%).
The match will air on LSN with Travis Eldridge and Brendan McDaniels on the call. WRSU Student Radio will also have a radio show.
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Hofstra enters the game 4-4 on aggregate, receiving votes in the polls. The team’s 4-2 start included a 1-1 record against common opponents with RU (win against St. John’s, loss against LIU).
The Pride have a striking defense that is in the national top 10 (9.12 goals per game), with Mac Gates 8and at national level with a goals against average of 9.07 and 10and in stopping percentage (57.9). Bryan McIntosh is fourth in the nation with 2.75 turnovers caused per game. Gerard Kane leads the team with 12 goals and 17 points.
It will be the 32n/a meeting between the two programs, the historic series dating back to 1954. Rutgers hold a 16-15 advantage, with the Scarlet Knights winning in 2019 (10-7), the first meeting between the two schools since 1999. Among the current Scarlet Knights , Ryan Gallagher had two goals and an assist in that 2019 game, while Ethan Rall had four balls on the ground, a team high.
Rutgers had 12 different scorers in a 22-10 win over Lafayette, led by four goals and three assists from Ross Scott and four goals Ronan Jacoby. The tally marked the second time this season and the fifth time in the last two seasons that RU have reached over 22 goals.
After completing non-conference play against Pride, Rutgers will return home to start Big Ten play. RU hosts No. 7 Ohio State on Sunday, March 27, a midday game on ESPNU.