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Previewing Rutgers’ 2019 men’s college lacrosse schedule

Is this the year the Scarlet Knights get into the NCAA Tournament?

Darryl Marshke/Rutgers Athletics

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are the 22nd team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the second team from the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights finished 9-6 in 2018 and 2-3 in Big Ten play. Rutgers lost to Maryland in the Big Ten semifinals and once again missed out on the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s their entire 2019 schedule:

Rutgers’ 2019 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
1/19 Villanova Rutgers Scrimmage
1/26 Albany Rutgers Scrimmage
2/2 Lafayette Rutgers First meeting since 2012
2/9 Rutgers St. John's
2/16 Army West Point Rutgers
2/23 Loyola Rutgers First meeting since 2009
3/2 Rutgers Fairfield
3/9 Princeton Rutgers
3/12 Lehigh Rutgers
3/16 Rutgers Syracuse
3/23 Hofstra Rutgers First meeting since 1999
3/30 Rutgers Ohio State Big Ten
4/6 Rutgers Johns Hopkins Big Ten
4/14 Maryland Rutgers Big Ten
4/20 Michigan Rutgers Big Ten
4/27 Rutgers Penn State Big Ten

Who’s In?

Who’s Out?

Average Winning Percentage From 2018 Teams

  • Overall: .526
  • Nonconference: .468
  • Big Ten: .632

Circle These Dates

  • 2/23 (vs. Loyola): Slowly, the Scarlet Knights have built a solid nonconference schedule. But they haven’t been able to use that to their advantage. With the Greyhounds (and Hofstra) on this year’s slate, Rutgers needs to capitalize on this opportunity.
  • 3/12 (vs. Lehigh): The Mountain Hawks could be the darkhorse team in college lacrosse with the amount of talent coming back. Rutgers took last year’s meeting by a goal thanks to Jules Heningburg’s lone score.
  • 3/16 (at Syracuse): The former Big East rivals meet in the Carrier Dome this year in a St. Patrick’s Day weekend matchup. The Scarlet Knights scored nine times in the second half, including seven straight to earn the win. Heningburg had another big game with six goals and eight points in the win.
  • 4/14 (vs. Maryland): Big Ten play is a brutal five-week stretch for all the teams involved. It might be the worst for Rutgers who could have afforded a win or two more in conference play to get into the NCAA Tournament. The past two regular season meetings have been thrillers, but the Terrapins won both of them by a goal.
  • 4/27 (at Penn State): This is slowly becoming a rivalry in college lacrosse. Since the two teams became members of the Big Ten, the home team has won every contest. It might become an even bigger rivalry if Rutgers can steal the season finale in Happy Valley. Plus, it could decide who makes the Big Ten Tournament and who doesn’t.

For other schedules and team rosters, check out our Men’s Division I matrix.