2023 Schedule Breakdown: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are the 59th DI program to release its 2023 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 2022 campaign in which they went 15-4 overall and 4-1 in Big Ten play. Rutgers saw its season end with a loss to Cornell in the NCAA Semifinals.

Rutgers’ 2023 slate features 13 games with eight coming at home and five on the road. Rutgers opens the season at home against Marist on February 4th. They open Big Ten play on the road against Ohio State on March 26th.

Scarlet Knights’ 2023 Schedule

DateHomeAwayNotes
2/4RutgersMarist
2/11RutgersStony Brook
2/18Army West PointRutgers
2/25RutgersLoyola
2/28RutgersSt. John’s
3/4RutgersUtah
3/11RutgersPrinceton
3/18UMassRutgers
3/26Ohio StateRutgersBig Ten
4/1Johns HopkinsRutgersBig Ten
4/8RutgersMichiganBig Ten
4/16RutgersMarylandBig Ten
4/22Penn StateRutgersBig Ten

New Opponents

UMass, Utah

Teams Dropped

Hofstra, Lafayette, LIU

Key Games

3/11 vs Princeton: Rutgers’ likely biggest non-conference test comes against in-state arch-rival Princeton, who the Scarlet Knights welcome in for the annual battle for the Meistrell Cup. Playing for the first time since 2020 last year, Princeton knocked off the Scarlet Knights 16-11. Princeton has won three of the last five and holds a 65–31–3 all-time series lead. As always, expect this one to be a battle.

3/26 @ Ohio State: Rutgers opens Big Ten play on the road against the Ohio State Buckeyes in a game that could be very crucial in the Big Ten with both having high hopes this spring. The Scarlet Knights beat the Buckeyes twice last season, winning 18-7 in the regular season and 12-10 in the Big Ten semifinals.

4/16 vs Maryland: Of Rutgers’ four losses last season, two came against the eventual undefeated national champion Maryland Terrapins. They fell 17-9 in the regular season and then 17-7 in the Big Ten title game. Rutgers will, once again, be looking to beat Maryland for the first time as Big Ten foes and for the first time since 1980.

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