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Rutgers’ Baker and Naslonski Receive Big Ten Medal of Honor

Rutgers men's basketball star Geo Baker and Rutgers women's lacrosse star Taralyn Naslonski were named Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients on Tuesday. The award which marks the 108th year of the Big Ten Medal of Honor is given to one male and one female student-athlete who has shown excellence both on the field and in the classroom throughout their college career. Both seniors, Baker and Naslonski enjoyed excellent years leading their squads to win campaigns in 2022. Baker averaged 12.0 points per game,  3.9 assists per game, and shot 39.1 percent from the field as the Scarlet Knights won 18 games and made it to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. Baker finished his career second all-time in assists (496), fifth all-time in three-pointers made (237), fourth all-time in steals (180), eighth all-time in points (1,654), and eighth all-time in field goals made (599). Baker was the first and only men's basketball Scarlet Knight to earn two Big Ten Player of the Week awards and became one of the first three-time all-conference selections since 1978-79 with Third Team All-Big Ten honors. Naslonski finished her Rutgers career as the most prolific scorer in Rutgers women's lacrosse history.  Naslonski set new Scarlet Knight records for career points (226) and goals (187). She was a consensus Second Team All-American by the IWLCA and Honorable Mention All-American by USA Lacrosse Magazine and IL Women, First Team IWLCA All-Region, First Team All-Big Ten selection, and IWLCA Senior All-Star Game selection. This year Rutgers Women's Lacrosse went 16-5 and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Stony Brook. Naslonski was second on the team in goals scored with 60 this past season and assists with 19. She led the Scarlet Knights with 79 points and 130 shots.

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