|No. 13 Rutgers at No. 9 Penn State|
|Date||Sunday, April 23|
|Location||Penn State Lacrosse Field | State College, Pa.|
|Video||Big Ten Network
(Mike Wolf play-by-play and Mark Dixon analysis)
|Game Notes||Rutgers | Penn State|
|Fact Book||Rutgers Fact Book|
Rutgers Game Notes
PISCATAWAY, N.J - No. 13 Rutgers men’s lacrosse plays its second straight Sunday night conference game, taking to the road for a crucial matchup at No. 9 Penn State at 7 p.m. on Big Ten Network. The Scarlet Knights (9-3, 1-2 Big Ten) can clinch a Big Ten Tournament berth with a win over the Nittany Lions (10-2, 1-2 Big Ten) and wins by Ohio State and Johns Hopkins.
RU is coming off of a triple-overtime showdown with now-No. 2 Maryland. Rutgers came back from a three-goal second half deficit to tie the game with 39 second remaining in regulation, but the Terps prevailed 13-12. Goalkeeper Max Edelmann tied his career-high with 15 saves in the game, and now boasts a .536 save percentage and 8.45 goals-against-average on the season.
The Scarlet Knights remain the nation’s top team in caused turnovers, with 10.25 per game. RU, and the Big Ten, is led by junior All-American candidate Michael Rexrode, who averages 1.75 caused turnovers per game. The team is also fifth in the nation in ground balls per game (33.83) and sixth in man-down defense (.750).
The matchup will feature two of the top scoring freshman in the conference in Rutgers’ Kieran Mullins and Penn State’s Mac O’Keefe. Mullins, who was ranked the #4 freshman in the nation by Inside Lacrosse this week, leads the Scarlet Knights with 32 goals and 47 points. O’Keefe enters the game as the Nittany Lions’ leader with 39 tallies.
Another key matchup to watch is at the faceoff ‘X’. RU’s Joe Francisco is 47-of-71 (66.2 percent) on faceoffs in conference play, setting and matching his career high with 19 faceoffs won in two of the past three weeks. For Penn State, Gerard Arceri is 165-of-259 (63.7 percent) on the year. Following nonconference play, he was second nationally at 69.2 percent, but is only 10-of-35 (28.5 percent) in conference play.
Rutgers holds a 42-21 advantage in the series against Penn State, winning two-thirds of the contests dating back to 1946. It is the third most played series in Rutgers history, behind Princeton and Army. The two squads play for the Friendship Cup, which debuted in 1998, and has been won by Rutgers five times. Last season, the Scarlet Knights reclaimed the Friendship Cup with a thrilling 15-14 win at High Point Solutions Stadium. Jules Heningburg scored six goals and had eight points in that game en route to being named USILA National Player of the Week honors.
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