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Rutgers men’s lacrosse to play without promising attackman Adam Charalambides in 2018

For the second year in a row, Adam Charalambides’ season has ended before it even began.

The redshirt sophomore attackman’s return from an ACL injury suffered a year ago was cut short when the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team announced Tuesday afternoon that Charalambides will sit out the 2018 campaign after suffering an unspecified injury during a preseason practice.

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“I am saddened for Adam after how hard he worked to get back on the field this spring,” Scarlet Knights coach Brian Brecht said in a statement. “He is an exceptional young man and I have full confidence that he will attack his recovery and come back stronger next season. His teammates and coaching staff are fully supporting him during this time as he will continue to be a huge part of our program.”

The sudden loss might have significant ramifications. Charalambides had 43 goals and 14 assists as a freshman in 2016 and was expected to join senior Jules Heningburg (20 goals and 26 assists in 2017) and sophomore Kieran Mullins (35 G, 16 A) in one of the top starting attack units in Division I.

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With Charalambides, Rutgers was one of the top contenders for the Big Ten championship and appeared primed to qualify for its first NCAA tournament since 2004. Without Charalambides, the offense could turn to redshirt junior Connor Vercruysse, who scored one goal primarily as a contributor for the man-up unit, or shift one of its midfielders to attack.

The Scarlet Knights, who went 10-4 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten last spring, are ranked No. 7 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s coaches poll, which was released Tuesday.

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