Branford Rogers had always wanted to play at Klöckner Stadium.
Growing up in the shadow of Klöckner at nearby St. Anne's-Belfield, Rogers finally got his wish.
The Rutgers sophomore is a defenseman on the Scarlet Knights' lacrosse team that played Virginia Saturday. The Cavaliers won the game 19-12, but for Rogers, coming home was a memorable experience.
"It was fun, a dream come true," Rogers said after the game. "I've always wished to play on this field and get after it against Virginia. So it was fun."
Rogers played the bulk of the contest, registering one groundball on the game, giving him five for the season.
He was surrounded by family and friends in the stands who came out to watch him play.
"It really meant a lot to me," he said. "I'm in New Jersey and Virginia's a long way from New Jersey so it's nice seeing all these nice faces around and seeing all my friends and connecting with them again."
Rogers was a two-time All-American in his time at STAB, and was also a terror on the football field as a two-time All-State selection at running back.
He says it was nice being back in town and soaking up the experience.
"This is a real nice place, I'd love to come back here and play again but right now I'm just cherishing this moment and having fun."