PISCATAWAY, NJ – Sophomore midfielder Tom O’Toole (Long Beach, NY) and freshman midfielder Chris Doctor (Skaneateles, NY) each earned weekly honors from the ECAC, the conference office announced today.
O’Toole was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week, while Doctor earned Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season.
In Rutgers’ 10-6 victory over Penn State last Saturday, April 24, O’Toole shut down PSU’s Will Cutler, who entered the game with a team-high 13 goals and 20 points. Cutler failed to score a point in the game, as the Scarlet Knights defeated the Nittany Lions for the first time in 11 years. O’Toole has helped a Rutgers defense that has held six of its 11 opponents to six goals or less.
Doctor had two goals and an assist against Penn State, and is currently fourth on the team with 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists). Doctor staked RU to a 5-3 lead with 6:20 to play in the second quarter, and scored again with 5:41 left in the fourth quarter, giving the Scarlet Knights a 10-4 advantage. He assisted on a Matt Apel (Bridgewater, NJ) goal in the first period.
Saturday’s victory over Penn State gave the Scarlet Knights their first-ever Friendship Cup, which was established eight years ago and is awarded annually to the winner of the Rutgers-Penn State game.
Rutgers (8-3, 1-0 ECAC) is currently ranked No. 10 in the latest USILA poll and hosts fifth-ranked Georgetown at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, at Yurcak Field. Prior to the game, the Scarlet Knights will honor their seven seniors.