Rutgers men's soccer fell to Penn 3-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Photo: Rutgers Athletics.


The brilliant 2022 campaign for Rutgers men’s soccer came to a bitter end last night in a 3-0 loss to Penn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Penn out-shot Rutgers 16 – 12 and 9 – 5 on shots on goal. Ben Stitz scored twice with the first goal coming nearly two minutes into the contest. Stas Korzeniowski netted a goal in the 31st minute that gave Penn a 2-0 lead.

Rutgers finished the season 10-5-6 and captured the programs first ever Big Ten Title, which is did last week against Indiana.

“I thought our guys pushed as hard as they could,” said head coach Jim McElderry. “I’m really proud of how they played the game tonight. It’s been a long couple of weeks for our guys in terms of going through the Big Ten and then the Big Ten Tournament and the emotion of winning the conference tournament on Sunday. I asked these players early on in the year to write their own history at Rutgers.

“We have great soccer history at Rutgers and they did that this year in winning the Big Ten Tournament and being the first men’s team to win a Big Ten Conference tournament.. I think it’s been a great journey for our group. We are very disappointed not to advance tonight, but I’m also really proud of the group.”