Rutgers Club Lacrosse: Operation Richmond


Editor’s note:  Kevin McGuirl is President of the Rutgers Club Lacrosse team, which plays in the NCLL.  This season they are 13-2, with both of their losses coming by one goal; 4-3 to James Madison and 5-4 to Syracuse.  Their goal is Richmond, VA and if things keep up the way they’ve been going, it looks like Rutgers has a great chance of reaching their goal!

It’s postseason time in the NCLL, and my team and I couldn’t be more excited. We came into the playoffs ranked #4 in the polls with a record of 12-2, which is the most successful regular season our club has ever had. On top of a program best record, we not only won, but swept, the Liberty Division for the first time. As President of the club for the past two years, I am incredibly proud of my players for not only their performance on the field, but their increased commitment to the club.

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Team huddle. These guys look good!

The past few years have been frustrating for our club, as we have had tremendous talent, but haven fallen short of reaching our potential. During the past fall ball season, I again saw tremendous potential in our players, but what was different about the squad was their committment level. Higher commitment to understanding the offensive & defensive systems we run, higher level of intesity in practice, and higher commitment to improving every day.

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Rutgers D playing as a team.

In my opinion, the main problem most NCLL clubs run into is falling short of reaching their potential. We’ve competed against teams with tons of talent, but individual talent doesn’t win games. The league isn’t run like the MCLA, there are few programs who have a coach, there is less field time, very little (to no) recruiting, less practices, and we have to carpool to games. NCLL clubs have to overcome obstacles to be successful and their players have to be committed to the club without a coach telling them to be.

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Yes, the Rutgers lids are ridiculously amazing.

One of the league’s most succesful club teams is Penn State. NCLL Polls have the Nittany Lions ranked #1, and they are much deserving of the ranking. If you read the interview LAS Contributer Jimmy Ciccone had with Penn State President Matt Logeman, he attributes most of their success to the commitment of his upperclassmen. Their program has even created a mini video series, where they’re documenting their “Road to the ‘Ship.”

NCLL teams should try to follow Penn State’s model; commitment and chemistry will win games and putting your program out there on Twitter and website’s like LAS and will get people interested in your club. Our club has a twitter (@RutgersClubLax), we use Facebook events to invite fans to games, and we post some of our gear to lacrosse websites like LAS.

As I stated earlier, I think most of our improvement this season is due to the increased commitment the players have shown in our club. Our goal as a team was to win the division and reach the playoff berth, competing for the Championship. That goal has been reached and it’s time that our club focuses on what we’re calling ‘Operation Richmond’ (The host site to NCLL Championship Weekend).

The first test was at home this Tuesday, at 8:45 pm, where we had a re-match against Hofstra, who we beat earlier in the season 8-3. We played well as a team and again, came out victorious, this time 12-3. We have now moved on to the Elite 8 in Richmod, VA, where we will compete against the top teams in our league!  Our first game will against Ohio State on Saturday.

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Keeping the rock hot. 

There will be more to come from the Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse Club as we continue Operation Richmond!




  1. I gotta say I’m a bit torn here on where I stand. I feel like Penn State has a better shot and I’m not basing this off record or being biased because I go there, I’m going off teams they’ve played. Rutgers has done a great job this season and has put up some impressive numbers against the teams they have played and I’m thrilled they are representing Jersey by doing as well as they have but I think it’s not as tough of a schedule as Penn State has had this past season. That doesn’t mean don’t count them out of it, I think Rutgers is gonna come out strong and fight hard in the first round, but anything can happen with anyone. Rutgers has a huge game ahead of them so good luck boys, make Jersey proud. All in all though you guys know where my allegiance stands, LET’S GO STATE!

  2. I couldn’t agree more with this dude. One hundred.

    I ran the Syracuse Club team this year and, with my other captains, we ran it very seriously, kept attendance, mad fallball scrims, regular practices year-round, tons of drills to improve areas we lacked. The biggest thing was just running it seriously to attract serious players. If an NCLL team is run like a joke it will attract jokers. A lot of kids are talented but don’t take club seriously.. they think it’s pickup lax. Well let me just say pickup teams get f-ing smoked in the NCLL, no question.

    We didn’t make it to Richmond but I hope the teams around the league feel we belong there based on our season. I would like to see Rutgers pull it off or Cortland to rep my team’s conference. Great year and NCLL can be as official as any team wants it if they put the work and time in.

    • O btw that dpole num 14 seriously broke my wrist in our game at the Beltway Bash. But I came back in the game a few mins later to score the game winner (my 4th of the game) hahaha had to throw that out there. Good luck in Richmond boys