Rutgers men's lacrosse gets set for the Final Four this weekend. Photo: Rutgers Athletics.

Rutgers Head coach Brian Brecht is getting ready to lead his team into the Final Four for the first time in program history, and they will face a stiff challenge from one of the better programs in the country in Cornell (13-4) when they square off on Saturday afternoon at 12 noon in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Rutgers enters the game having broken numerous program records like wins in a season (15) and most wins versus ranked opponents in program history with six, it has been a very special year for men’s lacrosse.  Last weekend Rutgers upended Penn to get to the Final Four.

“Cornell has won national championships and been in the Finial Four before. Any time you play in the month of May there isa  big game atmosphere. We are excited for the opportunity the guys have earned. Business as usual. How we prepare for our opponent will stay the same,” Brecht told reporters during a Zoom call on Tuesday.

Regarding Ross Scott, who scored eight goals in a game earlier this season and led the team in scoring with 49 goals, Coach Brecht added, “He’s been a major impact for us all year. His decision making has been great. He learned from a couple of great ones over the years. We will lean on him as we go through the weekend.”

Cornell Head Coach Connor Buczek praised Rutgers versatility on both sides of the ball, “They are a solid team. They put a lot of pressure on you throughout the entire offensive set. They will be great at the little things. They pick up ground balls, and have a great goalie. I think we have to win the transition game. If we settle into half field sets it will help us. We have to make smart decisions in the middle of the field.”

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN 2 on Saturday.