RU Lacrosse Ranked No. 1? You Better Believe It

Credits: Rutgers men's lacrosse/Twitter

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s not often that the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team energizes university athletics.

Fans, students and alumni are more inclined to tailgate and cheer for football—even when the team isn’t at its best. Women’s basketball, of course, has also enjoyed a long and successful run at Rutgers.

But lacrosse is making the big waves now.

Sign Up for E-News

The men’s team was ranked No. 1 in the country yesterday in the Maverik Media Poll. Top-dog status came after an 8-0 start to the lax season, the first such breakout streak since 1955, according to the university.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” head coach Brian Becht said. “It’s great for our institution and all our alumni [who] have been playing lacrosse here for the 100 seasons that we’re celebrating this year.”

If Rutgers men’s lax secures its ninth straight victory, it’ll claim the record for the best-ever start in the life of the program, according to the athletics department.

What’s more, this premier ranking is the first among any Rutgers team since 1995, when Soccer America gilded the men’s soccer program in its preseason preview.

“This team is legit,” ESPN’s lacrosse guru, Paul Carcaterra, recently told the Baltimore Sun. “They haven’t just beaten up on some inferior opponents. The way they play, the style, how athletic they are, they’re super fun to watch.”

Indeed, the Scarlet Knights have beaten three ranked teams thus far. That list includes No. 19 Brown, No. 14 Stony Brook and No. 15 Princeton. Rutgers athletics officials also noted that men’s lax has bested No. 8 Army and No. 20 Fairfield in the preseason.

Among the team’s firepower are a number of students who are sophomores and juniors, Carcaterra said.

“So this team isn’t only built for this year,” he added. “Next year, on paper, they’re going to be incredible.” 

While the golden throne might feel nice now, there’s plenty of games left in which the team must defend it. The guys are on the road this weekend, with a 1 p.m. start Saturday in Delaware.

“There is still a lot of lacrosse left,” Becht said, “and we’re certainly excited to focus on Delaware this week and get ready for each day of practice.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Brunswick

The Jaffe Briefing - March 19, 2018


TRENTON - New Jersey, one of the only employers who pays its workers for unused sick time, and then appears mystified when it struggles to balance its budget, may finally be capping sick-leave payouts.  The proposal, obviously unpopular with labor unions, has been discussed before, but not with traction. It is back in the mix again, to cap payouts ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 16, 2018


ON THE RAILS - Another commuting mess this morning, as the antiquated Portal Bridge got stuck in the "up" position at 4:22 a.m.  That caused a bunch of rush hour trains to be cancelled between Newark and Manhattan for four hours or so.  Both NJTransit and Amtrak riders were completely screwed. You may recall the proposed Gateway ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 15, 2018


NEW BRUNSWICK - When you rent out apartments to Rutgers students, expect some surprises. But one landlord received a shocker beyond expectation: a $8,117.07 water bill for the last three months of 2017, TAPInto New Brunswick reports. The landlord went to the City Council meeting this week, pleading that the bill on his Comstock Street ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 14, 2018


TRENTON - Ever since we met Gov. Phil Murphy, he has been talking about the same stuff: higher taxes for the rich, saving NJ Transit, legalizing marijuana, giving more money to public schools and a higher minimum wage. So, when lawmakers went to Trenton yesterday to hear the rookie governor's first budget message, there weren't a lot of ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 13, 2018


TRENTON - As Gov. Phil Murphy prepares to deliver his first budget address at 2 p.m. today, at the State House, observers will be curious if his proposals jive with the state's pension mess. Look for the governor to talk about campaign topics like equal pay, health care, climate change, immigration and offshore drilling, as well as the proposed ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 12, 2018


NEW BRUNSWICK - If you want to succeed in New Jersey, you need to figure out, to some degree, what all these millennials are thinking.  New Jersey Future tried to get to the answer, during a recent day-long event in New Brunswick that NJ Spotlight covered.  Bottom line? Our millennials are fleeing and that is bad. We need them to buy ...

Rutgers Student on Front Lines of Orangutan Conservation, Research

March 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Deep in a tropical forest in Borneo 15 years ago, Rutgers student Didik Prasetyo first encountered a young male orangutan that he named “Jerry.”

The great ape was one of several orangutans that Prasetyo and other researchers followed at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station in the Mawas Conservation Area in Indonesia. Prasetyo was skeptical when colleagues said ...

RU police investigate assault on Douglass campus

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University police are investigating an aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault  reported to March 14 at 3:55 a.m. in front of Hickman Hall on the Douglass campus.


The victim, not affiliated with Rutgers University, reported that she was walking with a male whom she did not know in the area of Commercial Avenue and George ...

Rutgers voices support for proposed state budget

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University officials have often been wary of the governor's annual budget message, wondering what type of budget cuts the university may sustain and how it would potentially impact tuition and the overall quality of education.

This budget message, delivered March 13, appears to be a sigh of relief.

Pete McDonough, Vice President of External Affairs at ...

Technology ‘Hub’ proposed for Hub City’s downtown, covering 12 acres

March 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – State and city officials on Monday unveiled plans for a “hub” for research in the fields of technology and health care services to stretch over 12 acres.

Gov. Phil Murphy, speaking at a meeting at Rutgers University, said the "Innovation and Technology Hub,” which is in the planning stages, would include construction of 2 million to 4 million ...


This National Literacy Month, Let's Rein In Screen Time

March 13, 2018

Dear Editor: As speech-language pathologists across New Jersey prepare to mark “National March into Literacy Month,” let’s address the alarming number of young children who spend countless hours a day on a handheld screen.

According to a study from the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, the more time that children under two years spend on smartphones, tablets and ...

New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters Clinches Gold Certification

March 16, 2018

NEWARK - The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) is proud to announce that the New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters has once again received Gold Certification – awarded to the strongest chapters in the nation.

NJAHU achieved Gold Certification from national headquarters underscoring how well the organization has operated and achieved its lofty goals in the ...