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Rutgers Lacrosse off to Fast Start with Blowout of St John’s



One of the bright lights in an otherwise dismal 2015 lacrosse season for Rutgers men’s lacrosse, it’s first as a member of the Big Ten, was the play of Scott Bieda.

Then a junior, the attacker led R.U. with 30 goals and 28 assists, and was drafted by the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse and was named Rutgers’ captain headed into 2016.

The future pro showed his class, and helped the Knights open 2016 with a bang.

The senior registered a 9-pt effort against St John’s that included 5 goals, to help Rutgers get off to a fast start this season as the Knights won their opener against St John’s by a score of 19-11.

Bieda was not a one-man show – talented freshman attacker Adam Charalambides tallied his first 6 goals in a Rutgers’ uniform and provided a lethal tandem strike-partnership with Bieda.

According to Scarletknights,.com, Charalambides was the first Rutgers player to score 6 or more goals in his college debut since Ed Trabulsky in 1984.

Rutgers got off to a bad start, surrendering the game’s first 3 goals, but then, the Knights roared back.

Bieda opened Rutgers’ and his account with a goal to get Rutgers going, cutting the Red Storm lead to 3-1.

From that point, the flood gates opened.

Rutgers would score a total of 8 straight goals opening up an 8-3 advantage before St. John’s closed the first quarter with a goal to stop the bleeding.

However, the Knights would respond.

R.U. tallied 4 of the second period’s 5 goals and opened up a commanding 12-5 lead at the half.

From there, it was a matter of seeing out the game which RU did masterfully, never allowing St. John’s back into the match, outscoring the Queens, NY school by a total of 7-6 in the second half to arrive at the 19-11 final scoreline.

Rutgers travels to national powerhouse Army next weekend which will provide a glimpse as to how far this team has come.  The Black Knights defeated Rutgers on a snowy day at Rutgers Highpoint Solutions Stadium last season.

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