March 16, 2010

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Rutgers Downs Marist to Match '09 Win Total

from press release

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Junior attackman Kory Kelly (Princeton, N.J.) of the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team scored a career-high six goals to lead RU to a thrilling 10-9 victory over Marist Tuesday night at the RU Turf Field.

The Scarlet Knights have now won three straight games for the first time since the middle of the 2006 season and their 4-1 record is the best five-game start for the squad since it posted the same mark in the 2004 season. The Marist victory’s is head coach Jim Stagnitta’s 50th of his RU tenure.
 
The loss drops the Red Foxes record to 3-2. Rutgers is 2-0 all-time against Marist.
 
With Rutgers holding a 6-3 halftime lead, Marist stole the momentum in the third quarter by outscoring the Scarlet Knights 4-1 to tie the contest at 7-7 heading into the final quarter. RU edged MC 3-2 in the fourth stanza to take the 10-9 win.
 
“I think we showed some character tonight and some guys stepped up,” said Stagnitta. “It certainly wasn’t our cleanest or best effort. I think we were a little tired. Tuesday night games our tough. I was a little nervous about this one because Marist is a pretty good team. In the third quarter we had a couple penalties, pipes and the ball didn’t bounce our way so all of a sudden our three-point lead was now tied.
 
“We got back up to a three-goal lead and they came back again. We have to do a better job of holding on to the ball and maintaining our lead down the stretch.”
 
Senior midfielder Gerhard Buehning (Essex Fells, N.J.) scored two goals, and senior midfielder Justin Pennington (Flemington, N.J.) and senior attackman Tad Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) each scored.
 
For the second straight game, Pennington tied a career-best with three assists. He leads the team with eight helpers this season. Pennington gave the Scarlet Knights numerous offensive opportunities by collecting five ground balls and winning seven of his 13 face-offs.
 
Sophomore attackman Kevin Hover (Belle Mead, N.J.) chipped in with two assists.
 
Junior defender Brian Shemesh (Hillsborough, N.J.) and sophomore defender Jacob Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md.) each had strong performances as they caused five and three turnovers, respectively.
 
 Freshman goalie Rudy Butler (Belle Mead, N.J.) earned the victory to improve his record to 4-1. The RU rookie snatched five saves and five ground balls.
 
Junior attackman Corey Zindel and freshman attackman Connor Rice shined for Marist as they combined for nine of the Red Foxes’ 14 points. Zindel posted two goals and three assists and Rice notched three goals and an assist.


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