PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers senior men’s lacrosse players Jeff Duca (Fair Lawn, NJ) and Nick Schmidt (Hicksville, NY) have been selected to play on the North squad in the annual USILA/STX North-South All-Star game. The game will be played at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, on Saturday, June 7, at 3 p.m. on Campus Field. Tickets may be purchases at www.sacredheartpioneers.com. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for senior citizens (62 and older) and youths (17 years and younger).
The annual North-South All-Star game features the best senior men’s lacrosse players in the nation. Duca and Schmidt were two of the key components that helped Rutgers complete the best turnaround in Division I lacrosse this season. After a 2-12 season in 2002, Rutgers rebounded to go 10-5 this season and was selected to play in the 2003 NCAA Championships for the first time since 1991. The Scarlet Knights hosted its first postseason game since 1986, falling to Georgetown in the first round, 9-6, on Sunday, May 11.
Duca was one of the team’s most potent goal scorers all season, finishing second on the team with 30 goals and 34 points. He scored two game-winning overtime goals this season, helping RU defeat No. 17 UMBC at home, 12-11, and No. 4 Syracuse on the road, 12-11. He tallied four goals in a game twice this season and scored three goals four times. He concluded his career with 61 career points (54 G, 7 A).
Schmidt came into his senior season with 15 career goals and 11 career assists, and exploded for 16 goals and eight assists for the season, finishing his career with 50 points (31 G, 19 A). Schmidt tallied a career-high three goals in the upset of Syracuse on April 12, and recorded a career-high five points (2 G, 3 A) in the overtime win against UMBC on March 29.