November 16, 2015
RETURNING TO THE DANCE
Rutgers men host LIU Brooklyn in NCAAs Thursday
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers men will host LIU Brooklyn at Yurcak Field in first-round action of the NCAA Division I soccer tournament Thursday.
“It’s exciting. It’s nice to be back in the tournament. It refreshes you, it reenergizes you. Now everyone is 0-0 and anyone can win at this point. There are 48 quality teams in the tournament,” Rutgers head coach Dan Donigan said. “We’re excited to be able to host a game, which is a bonus. Now it’s time to learn about LIU Brooklyn and what they are all about for Thursday’s game.”
The Scarlet Knights will make their 17th NCAA tournament appearance, last playing in the 48-team bracket in 2011 and advancing to the third round.
Rutgers enters the tournament at 12-6-1 and finishing tied for third in the Big Ten Conference with a 4-4-0 mark. The Scarlet Knights defeated Northwestern, 2-0, in the Big Ten quarterfinals before their run was stopped in the semifinals by Ohio State, the Big Ten regular-season champions.
LIU Brooklyn was both the Northeast Conference’s regular season and tournament champions and sports an 11-5-4 record. The Blackbirds captured the NEC Tournament title by defeating Saint Francis University (Pa.), in penalty kicks. LIU Brooklyn will make its 14th NCAA tournament appearance and first since 2004.
Tournament MVP Logan Keys made a pair of crucial saves in the semifinal and championship shootouts to clinch the title for LIU.
Game time and ticket information will be announced later.