Rutgers' 14-7 loss Thursday to Denver in the Big East semifinals ended the Scarlet Knights' season, but showed a glimmer of hope for the future.
The future Big Ten team rebounded from a 2-13 2013 finish to win eight games and make the Big East tournament.
"I don't think there are moral victories, but there's a lot of development that happened over the past few years. We had a few young guys sprinkled in, and we're going to lean on them in the future," coach Brian Brecht said. "The experience of having them in this atmosphere and playing in the month of May, hopefully they build on that over the next few months and come back a year better not just a year older."
Two solid goalies, sophomores Kris Alleyne and Jake Andersen, who had 10 saves in the first half against Denver.
I really feel we have 1 and 1A."
Denver coach Bill Tierney has known Brecht since he was born.
"The way [Brian Brecht] is building the program is the right way," Tierney said. "He's not taking any shortcuts or using any gimmicks like that. He's getting good kids and doing what they do. [The final score] was a little bit of fool's gold today."
The end for Tigers' Schreiber
As the final horn sounded to conclude the Battle at Bethpage on Saturday, so too was it the likely end for Princeton midfielder Tom Schreiber's illustrious collegiate career.
With the Tigers failing to make the Ivy League tournament, falling to 7-6 on the season, there is a minuscule chance of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Had the result been the opposite and Princeton earned a high-RPI win over Cornell, it would have only boosted their slim odds at reaching the postseason.
Schreiber is a generational talent in NCAA lacrosse, a classic midfielder who's game is praised by coaches and fans.
After Saturday's game, Schreiber acknowledged that the players realized they might not play another game together past this weekend. They just wanted to earn one more victory for themselves.
"I did not have high hopes that we would make it either way, but we are all competitors here," said the senior midfielder. "You want to go out on a win."
Schreiber, a resident of East Meadow on Long Island, saw his career come full circle. It was back on Feb. 26, 2011, at James M. Shuart Stadium where the then-highly touted freshman played his first NCAA game. Less than 10 seconds in against Hofstra, he scored his first goal. Minutes later, he tallied his second, and thus his career as one of the game's most dominant offensive players was born.
"It flew by," Schreiber reflected when asked to sum up his career since that first game. "It seems like just a year ago instead of four."
Credit interim coach Matt Kerwick and his defense for their work at limiting No. 22. The thought of no longer game planning against the Tigers scorer will probably let opposing coaches sleep easier at night. Still, Kerwick offered his admiration for Schreiber in the postgame interview.
"I cannot say enough about him and the way he plays," said Kerwick. "It is so impressive to watch him on the sidelines. It is one thing to watching him on film, but to see him in person [is incredible]. He had a tremendous career, and I have a lot of respect for Tom Schreiber."
Schreiber has a long list of accomplishments he has achieved over his four-year career. Here are a few that he has achieved at season's end:
He joins Kevin Lowe (247), former Gilman star Ryan Boyle (233), Jon Hess (215) and Jesse Hubbard (211) as Princeton players who have reached 200 points. He is one of five players in Ivy League history — and the only midfielder — with at least 100 goals and 90 assists (Rob Pannell and Mike French of Cornell; Darren Lowe and Tom Gagnon of Brown are the others). The three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection is almost a shoo-in to earn his fourth consecutive honor. Only three other players (Pannell and Max Seibald of Cornell, and Princeton's Chad Wiedmaier) have ever been four-time first-team All-Ivy League selections. He is the only Princeton player ever with three seasons of at least 20 goals and 20 assists. A third consecutive first-team All-America honor is also a strong possibility.
"It is unfortunate that we did not go all the way, but I do not have any regrets," Schreiber said. "I loved this team, I loved this staff and I loved this university."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun