Rutgers Scarlet Knights starting attackman Adam Charalambides will miss his second consecutive season due to a season-ending injury, according to Matt Kinnear of Inside Lacrosse.
In the report, Charalambides tore one of his ACL, but it’s unknown which leg he suffered the injury.
Last season, he suffered an undisclosed injury that forced him to miss the 2017 season. During fall ball, he was seen wearing a brace on his left knee.
Head coach Brian Brecht provided a statement to IL on the injury:
“I am saddened for Adam after how hard he worked to get back on the field this spring...He is an exceptional young man and I have full confidence that he will attack his recovery and come back stronger next season. His teammates and coaching staff are fully supporting him during this time as he will continue to be a huge part of our program this season.”
In his freshman year back in 2016, Charalambides scored a Big Ten-high 43 goals to go along with 14 assists in 16 games and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He would’ve joined senior Jules Heningburg and sophomore Kieran Mullins on an attack unit that was predicted to be one of the best in the nation.
Charalambides was one of two big injuries the Scarlet Knights had last year. Midfielder Christian Trasolini also missed the previous season after suffering an injury in mid-February.
Just like it was last year, this is a big blow to the Scarlet Knight offense. The only other attackman that recorded a stat last year is redshirt junior Connor Vercruysse. In 10 games, the Yorktown high school product scored a goal on 10 shots. The team could also move one of their midfielders down to attack or use a freshman or sophomore as well.
The Scarlet Knights had their first scrimmage on Saturday against Holy Cross, where they unofficially tied 8-8. They have another scrimmage on Saturday at home against UMBC, before their season opener against Robert Morris on February 3.