A week in review of Rutgers Athletics as Tournament play begins

As the fall season winds down, last week was full of memorable moments for Rutgers Athletics

With the 2022-2023 college basketball campaign in full swing, the fall athletics season is coming to a close. For Rutgers fans, there is still plenty to look forwards to as the tournament play begins and the seniors look to end their college careers on a high note.

While most sports are winding down, the Rutgers football team still has three games left. However, this past week was a forgettable one for the Scarlet Knights, who welcomed Michigan to Piscataway. Gavin Wimsett threw three interceptions, and the Rutgers defense had no answer for Michigan.

On the soccer pitch, men’s soccer was a bright spot with a win in their first game of the Big Ten tournament play. They will be looking to continue their playoff run this week when they take on Ohio State. They are not the only team to keep an eye on, as Women’s soccer has their first game of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Check out what is going on with fall sports around Rutgers!

How did Rutgers’ Olympic sports do ahead of Big Ten Tournament play?

For Rutgers fall athletics this past week was full of memorable performances and the start of Big Ten tournament play.

For the majority of Rutgers fall athletics, this past week represented an end to the regular season. For the seniors, that means one last run as they look to end their careers on a high note. The past few days were full of highlights and memorable finishes as each team prepared for the next step of their season.

Men’s soccer finished the regular season with a loss, and women’s soccer lost in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. However, field hockey was a bright spot with a dominated Sunday afternoon against James Madison.

It was a tough week for Rutgers football as they traveled to Minnesota and could not get the offense going. However, they still have four games left this season and the chance to finish above .500.

With Big Ten tournament play in full swing and the NCAA tournament only weeks away for some, check out what is going on with fall sports around Rutgers!

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Top New Jersey sprinter Bryce Tucker commits to Rutgers track-and-field

Rutgers track and field lands hurdler Bryce Tucker.

Bryce Tucker committed to Rutgers on Monday, giving the track-and-field program one of the top athletes in the area.

Not just one of the top sprinters it turns out, but the class of 2023 standout is also one of the most versatile runners in the area. In addition to track, Tucker also runs cross country.

Tucker is perhaps best known for last year capturing the Meet of Champions in the 400 hurdles. It was a time that, according to NJ Advanced Media, put him among the top five in the nation.

Following an offer from Rutgers in early October, Tucker committed to the program three weeks later. He posted the news of his commitment on social media:

 

In September, he took an official visit to Rutgers:

 

In August, Rutgers welcomed a solid 2022 recruiting class that includes St. Peter’s Prep standout [autotag]Fitzroy Ledgister[/autotag]. The freshman is also part of the Scarlet Knights football program.

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Marching Scarlet Knights selected for 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Rutgers marching band will participate in the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

On Saturday, the Marching Scarlet Knights received special honors as they were selected to perform in the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. They will represent the state of New Jersey, making it the first time that the band has ever been invited to perform in the prestigious parade.

Under the leadership of the director of university bands and athletic bands Dr. Todd Nichols, and assistant director of bands Dr. Julia Baumanis, the Scarlet Knights will join the event in New York to the call of “Let’s Have a Parade”. The phrase has signaled the start of every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade dating back to 1924.

While the parade is still a month away, it is a date on the calendar that is being circled by many with Rutgers ties. It is also an honor that Nichols is not taking for granted.

“Our entire university band program is thrilled to celebrate the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights being invited to represent our university and the great state of New Jersey in one of the most time-honored traditions for marching bands,” Nichols said in a statement.

“To be invited to march in the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an incredible honor and quite honestly a ‘bucket-list’ wish for our band members, teaching staff, and directors.”

The Marching Scarlet Knights – also referred to as the Pride of New Jersey – were founded in 1915 and are no strangers to performing in high-profile events. The band has also made appearances at Super Bowl XVIII, 2022 Music for All Grand Nationals (in Indianapolis, IN), as well as Monday Night Football at MetLife Stadium. 

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Rutgers field hockey, women’s soccer remain ranked in latest polls

Rutgers field hockey and women’s soccer remain ranked in this week’s polls.

Rutgers field hockey moved up one spot in the latest rankings, this as the women’s soccer took a bit of an undeserved tumble in their own national ranking.

Field hockey, despite a 4-3 loss at No. 2 Maryland on Sunday, still managed to move up one spot in this week’s National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. No. 19 Rutgers (7-7, 3-4 Big Ten) is at No. 12 Syracuse this weekend as their regular season closes out with three ranked opponents in as many games before the Big Ten Tournament takes place in Columbus, OH.

Rutgers is No. 16 in the nation in RPI, indicating just how difficult their schedule has been to date.

As for women’s soccer, it was a bit of an up-and-down week but their slide in the polls is quite surprising. Ranked eighth in the nation last week, Rutgers slipped down six spots in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll.

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The Scarlet Knights have won three of their last four games including a 2-0 home win on Sunday over Wisconsin. On Thursday, they had a disappointing 2-2 home draw against Minnesota.

Rutgers’ only loss of the season came on Sept. 22, a 2-0 loss at No. 24 Penn State.

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How did Rutgers athletics due this week?

Rutgers athletics had a big week with some strong performances.

For Rutgers Athletics, the Big Ten season is now in full swing.

Wins are at a premium with the playoffs on the horizon.

This past week, women’s soccer continued their impressive start with a win over Indiana that included a stellar effort from Megan McClelland. The Men’s team was able to force a tie in a matchup with Indiana that saw little offense past the opening thirty minutes,

On the gridiron Rutgers fell short in front of a sold-out stadium at SHI Stadium. While the Scarlet Knights lost their third straight game, there were a few career performances in a matchup against Nebraska that went down to the wire.

As Rutgers athletics continued to battle it out in October, Women’s Soccer and Men’s soccer continued to rise in the Big Ten standings.

Check out what is going on with fall sports around Rutgers!

A week in review of Rutgers Athletics as September winds down

With September winding down, Rutgers athletics was looking to end the month on a high note. But with fall sports now in full swing, the start of the Big Ten schedule for all Rutgers teams means that the competition level was ratcheted up …

With September winding down, Rutgers athletics was looking to end the month on a high note. But with fall sports now in full swing, the start of the Big Ten schedule for all Rutgers teams means that the competition level was ratcheted up considerably.

As such, Rutgers athletic teams suffered some setbacks, even as they maintain a still strong position nationally.

Football, for instance, got their first loss of the season but is halfway towards the needed win total for bowl eligibility.

Field hockey and women’s soccer continue to be ranked and the men’s soccer team had some solid wins last week.

Check out what is going on with fall sports around Rutgers!

Eight Rutgers female athletes sign NIL deal with New Brunswick Development Corporation

Eight Rutgers female student-athletes forge a historic NIL deal with the New Brunswick Development Corporation.

In celebration of Title IX, eight Rutgers female athletes have inked Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) deals. The announcement of the deals came via the Knights of the Raritan.

The Knights of the Raritan is a (relatively) new collective that partnered with Student Athlete Empowerment (SAE) to promote and foster opportunities for Rutgers student-athletes. The group is led by an executive committee of 10 individuals.

The eight athletes who are part of the deal with the New Brunswick Development Corporation represent five different sports:

  • Antonia Bates (basketball)
  • Ashley Campo (lacrosse)
  • Carly Snarksi (field hockey)
  • Kayla Bock (softball)
  • Lauren Delo (volleyball)
  • Megan Herka (softball)
  • Sara Carolonza (lacrosse)
  • Sophia Cardello (lacrosse)

The New Brunswick Development Corporation has done NIL deals in the past with the Melton brothers to help promote the local businesses in and around the Rutgers campus as well as the downtown area.

 

This year, the group struck a similar deal with quarterback Gavin Wimsatt.

 

The development corporation has had a strong impact on the local area as, under the leadership of Christopher Paladino, “DEVCO has overseen nearly $1.6 billion of investment in New Brunswick.”

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Two Scarlet Knights Nominated for 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year

Rutgers athletes Amirah Ali and Gianna Glatz have been nominated for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Two women representing Rutgers athletics received a great honor this week. Amirah Ali from the women’s soccer team and Gianna Glatz from the field hockey team have both been nominated for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The award was established in 1991. It is intended to recognize female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in their community, in athletics, and in academics throughout their college careers. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have earned her undergraduate degree by Summer 2022.

Both student-athletes are not new to receiving accolades. Ali was named a 2021 Third-Team All American, making her the program’s first four-time All-American. Meanwhile the Voorhees, New Jersey native registered career single-season highs in points with 30, goals with 12, and assists with 6. She also became the first five-time All-Region honoree in program history.

Glatz – a Medford, New Jersey native – was the top goalkeeper in the nation last season. She was a three-time All-American, four-time First Team All-Big Ten and four-time First Team All-Region. Glatz also won the 2021 Big Ten Co-Player of the Year and Regional Player of the Year. Glatz finished the season with her best career save percentage at 79.6 percent while going 17-4 in 21 games.

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Before a winner is chosen, the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee identifies the Top 30 nominees – 10 from each division –and from there they select three finalists from each division. The committee then selects the NCAA Woman of the Year from one of those nine finalists. For the first time in the award’s history, the award ceremony will take place during the NCAA Convention in January.

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The voice of Rutgers, Bruce Beck, posts tribute to his mother

Bruce Beck remembers his mother’s groundbreaking life.

Bruce Beck took the time on Tuesday to commemorate the accomplished life of his mother, a woman who was a trailblazer in New Jersey politics.

Beck, the lead sports anchor at NBC New York and one of the most respected news people in the market, marked the second year since his mother’s passing in a touching way. Rutgers fans know Beck’s voice well from his time hosting ‘R Football’ and ‘Inside Rutgers Basketball.’

The groundbreaking Doris Beck was the first woman to serve as the mayor of an Essex County town when she assumed the role in Livingston in 1975. She was highly involved in the north Jersey town’s council as well as the local League of Women Voters.

In a social media post on Tuesday, Bruce remembered the woman he called his mother but who others called “Mayor Beck.”

 

Bruce is currently hosting his annual summer broadcasting camp, which has become an institution for young broadcasters aspiring to break into the sports reporting business.

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The week-long camp introduces teenagers to the concepts of sports broadcasting and news reporting.

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