PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Dec. 2, 2013) – Slated to play its first season in High Point Solutions Stadium, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team released its 2014 schedule, head coach Brian Brecht announced Monday. The slate includes 15 regular season games and six BIG EAST contests. RU is scheduled to play six home games and nine road matches.
“My staff and I have been pleased with how hard the team has been working this fall,” said head coach Brian Brecht. “We have five excellent captains and 14 seasoned seniors that I have been proud of over the past few months. We have returning players and young guys that are ready to sprinkle in and help us have success on game day. Our schedule will certainly challenge us this spring. I look forward to seeing the team prepare and rise to the challenge on game day this year.”
This season, the Scarlet Knights play two teams that made the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Denver and Duke. Both teams made it to the Final Four, as the Blue Devils were eventually named national champions. The squad also travels to Princeton, who finished No. 14 in the Inside Lacrosse rankings last season.
Brecht enters his third season “On the Banks,” and returns the 2013 BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year in sophomore Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) and junior faceoff specialist Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.), a 2013 Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree. Rutgers welcomes back nine of its 10 starters, as well as Nardella in the faceoff circle, from a season ago.
Season tickets for 2014 will be on sale starting Friday, Dec. 6 via the Rutgers Athletics ticket office. Fans can purchase season tickets by calling 1-866-445-GORU (4678) or by visiting ScarletKnights.com. Fans who purchase season tickets will receive a t-shirt. Prices are listed below:
- Regular Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children/seniors, $5 for groups
- Men’s Season Ticket: $50 adults, $25 child/senior
- Men’s/Women’s Combo Season Ticket: $99 adults, $49 child/senior
Rutgers opens the season with its only home appearance of the month against Manhattan on Feb. 8.
After taking on the Jaspers, RU hits the road for four contests. The team starts at Wagner in Staten Island, N.Y., on Tuesday, Feb. 18, before facing ACC opponent Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 22.
The road stretch concludes with games at Stony Brook (Saturday, March 1) and at Army in West Point, N.Y. (Tuesday, March 4). Rutgers next welcomes Monmouth on March 8 before opening its conference slate at Providence on Saturday, March 15. The Scarlet Knights host Richmond on Monday, March 17. Following the matchup with the Spiders, RU faces off with first-year league foe Denver in Denver, Colo. The Pioneers finished No. 4 in the national rankings in 2013.
The Scarlet Knights return home for two contests, its only back-to-back home games of the season. Rutgers hosts Marquette, which is in its first season in the BIG EAST and second season in Division I lacrosse, on Saturday, March 29. RU then hosts St. John’s on April 2 for its first game of the month.
Next, the squad hits the road to face the Tigers in Princeton, N.J., on Saturday, April 5. The Scarlet Knights’ final home game of 2014 is schedule for Saturday, April 12 vs. Villanova.
Rutgers concludes the season with two road games, first taking on defending national champion Duke in Durham, N.C., on Saturday, April 19, before traveling to Washington, D.C., to face conference-foe Georgetown on Saturday, April 26.
The BIG EAST Tournament is slated for May 1-3 in Villanova, Pa., as the Wildcats play host.
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Sat., Feb. 1 at Hofstra (Exhibition) Hempstead, N.Y. Noon
Sat., Feb. 8 MANHATTAN Piscataway, N.J. 1 p.m.
Tue., Feb. 18 at Wagner Staten Island, N.Y. 3 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 22 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 5 p.m.
Sat., March 1 at Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. 4 p.m.
Tue., March 4 at Army West Point, N.Y. 7 p.m.
Sat., March 8 MONMOUTH Piscataway, N.J. 2 p.m.
Sat., March 15 at Providence* Providence, R.I. 1 p.m.
Mon., March 17 RICHMOND Piscataway, N.J. 3 p.m.
Sat., March 22 at Denver* Denver, Colo. 1 p.m.
Sat., March 29 MARQUETTE* Piscataway, N.J. 1 p.m.
Wed., April 2 ST. JOHN’S* Piscataway, N.J. 7 p.m.
Sat., April 5 at Princeton Princeton, N.J. 7 p.m.
Sat., April 12 VILLANOVA* Piscataway, N.J. 7 p.m.
Sat., April 19 at Duke Durham, N.C. 1 p.m.
Sat., April 26 at Georgetown* Washington, D.C. Noon
May 1-3 BIG EAST Tournament Villanova, Pa. TBD
May 10-11 NCAA First Round Higher Seed TBD
May 17-18 NCAA Quarterfinals Hempstead, N.Y./Newark, Del. TBD
Fri., May 24 NCAA Semifinals Baltimore, Md. TBD
Mon., May 26 NCAA Finals Baltimore, Md. TBD
*BIG EAST Game
All times are subject to change