A Rutgers athletics spokesman confirmed to Inside Lacrosse that redshirt sophomore attackman Adam Charalambides will miss the upcoming 2017 season with an undisclosed injury.
The news was later released on the school’s website.
Charalambides is a huge loss for a Rutgers team that appeared to take big strides last season. He was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year in 2016 and led the team with 43 goals. He was third on the team with 57 points.
With Scott Bieda graduated, the team returns junior Jules Heningburg, who was second on the team with 60 points a year ago, and senior Christian Trasolini, who recorded 16 goals and five assists for 21 points in 2016.
With the injury to Charalambides, you would think it gives Ohio State a better chance to get into the Big Ten tournament after missing out on it last season. Prior to the injury, it seemed that Johns Hopkins, Maryland, and Penn State were locks to make it into the Big Ten tournament in 2017, with Rutgers and Ohio State fighting for the fourth and final spot. Now with Charalambides out of the picture, it may slightly change things around the Big Ten in terms of making the tournament. The two teams play each other in the regular season finale in Piscataway. The Buckeyes took last year’s battle, 12-10.
This is the second big name loss in the past two days. Yesterday, we learned that Denver senior midfielder Zach Miller will miss this season to “take time away from school.” Earlier in the season, we learned of the season-ending injuries from St. Joe’s senior attackman Mike Rastivo and Navy midfielder Casey Rees.