New Jersey Rascals to Call Sun National Bank Center its Home
The Professional Lacrosse League (PLL) is coming to Trenton, New Jersey, with the New Jersey Rascals beginning its inaugural season at the Sun National Bank Center in September. Owned and operated by DC Sports and Entertainment, the team recently introduced lacrosse veteran Randy Fraser as its head coach.
“Randy brings a solid understanding and experience of what it takes to be successful in professional lacrosse,” Rascals President Nicholas Desrosiers said of Fraser. “His teams have consistently displayed a high level of toughness, and he has a history of success. Randy knows pro lacrosse very well, and that knowledge combined with his enthusiasm will serve the Rascals and our fans, on and off the turf, very well.”
Fraser registered over 200 points throughout an 11-year playing career in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), making stops with the Boston Blazers, New York Saints and Buffalo Bandits. After playing his last game in 2004, he then turned to coaching, first on the college ranks before heading to the professional platform via the NLL. His most recent tenure was as an assistant coach with the Blazers from 2007-11, and he also served in that same capacity for the U.S. Men's National Indoor Lacrosse Team in both the 2007 and 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
The Rascals, which plays its first-ever match when it hosts the Reading Rockets on September 14th in Trenton, also announced the first player in team history this past week. Vancouver native Nick Schroeder was the man who took part in the historical signing, with the veteran goaltender bringing six years of NLL experience to the club.
"Any championship lacrosse team starts on the defensive end with a solid goaltender,” Coach Fraser remarked. “Nick brings all the qualities I was looking for to build our team around. First and foremost, Nick is a solid stopper and will make the saves needed when called upon. He also possesses great mental toughness and leadership skills that lead to a feeling of confidence by his teammates. Nick will prove to be a difference maker this season for our team."
Schroeder says he is more than ready to take on a pivotal role for the Rascals in its inaugural year of play.
"I am really excited to be playing competitive lacrosse again and am looking forward to playing with some of the guys I met at the end of last year," he confirmed. "These guys had a ton of talent and picked up a lot of indoor skills and systems very quickly. It will be exciting to see how fast these players progress, and hopefully I can help a little as I guess I'll be the 'Old Vet' this time around."
Tickets are on sale now for the Rascals, and they can be purchased by visiting the team’s official website at JerseyRascals.com.