March 5, 2011

Rutgers 4-0 After Dominating St. Joseph's

from press release

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Rutgers men's lacrosse team (4-0) continued its impressive start to the 2011 season picking up an 11-1 road victory at St. Joseph's (0-3). The Scarlet Knights were led by Duncan Clancy (Princeton, N.J.), who tallied five points on two goals and three assists, and Chris Mattes (Westfield, N.J.) who got the offense going by winning 13 of 14 faceoffs.

After a defensive first 10 minutes of action, Rutgers struck first when Mike Diehl (Flemington, N.J.) found the back of the net to give RU the 1-0 lead. Just over a minute later the lead had ballooned to 3-0 behind a man up goal from Jack Matthews (Baltimore, Md.) and an even strength goal from Clancy.

St. Joseph's was able to get a goal back at the end of the first scoring with three seconds left on the clock but RU didn't let it affect them as they rallied off the only three goals in the second to take a 6-1 lead into the locker room. Kevin Hover (Belle Mead, N.J.) got the RU surge going when he took a beautiful pass from Clancy and beat the St. Joe's keeper. Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) quickly followed the Hover goal with one of his own off of another nice feed from Clancy. Kory Kelly (Princeton, N.J.) closed out the first half scoring for RU when he took another pass from Clancy and fired a rocket past the Hawks' keeper.

The Scarlet Knights carried the momentum gained in the second into the third and quickly built their lead to 7-1 when Kelly scored his second of the game less than two minutes into the frame. Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) added another a minute and 50 seconds later to end the RU scoring in the third period.

In the fourth, RU got goals from Clancy, Nick Zerrillo (Brewerton, N.Y.) and Mike Stagnitta (Brewerton, N.Y.) to take close out the game with an 11-1 victory.

Joe Donnelly (Newton Square, Pa.)earned his fourth win of the season in net playing 40:14. He was spelled by Rudy Butler (Belle Mead, N.J.),who made four saves the rest of the way to keep RU's advantage at double digits.

The Scarlet Knights return to action next Saturday, March 12, when they travel to State College, Pa. for a 3 p.m. matchup with the Penn State Nittany Lions.


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