February 21, 2012

Rutgers Improves to 2-1 with Win over Wagner

from press release

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team downed Wagner by a score of 9-5 inside Wagner College Stadium on Tuesday to improve to 2-1 overall in the first year of head coach Brian Brecht’s tenure. The Scarlet Knights outperformed the Seahawks on the offensive and defensive ends, firing 42 shot attempts while only allowing 14. RU was led in scoring by senior co-captain M Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J.), who notched his second hat-trick in as many games and dished two assists to total five points

Rutgers saw multiple-goal performances from senior midfielder Michael Diehl (Flemington, N.J.) and freshman midfielder Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.), who both fired in two goals against the Seahawks (0-2). Goss, Rutgers’ only freshman to crack the starting lineup thus far in 2012, also recorded an assist to bring his scoring total to three points.

Goss started Rutgers off with his first goal at the 11:00 mark in the first quarter. After the Seahawks equalized at 7:20, Goss fired back with a 3:21 goal to put RU back on top, 2-1. Mangan put in the first of his three goals on an unassisted effort with less than one minute remaining to close out the first period with a 3-1 score.

After Wagner drew within 3-2, Mangan gave a helping hand to assist redshirt sophomore attackman Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) with 10:50 on the clock in the second period to put the Scarlet Knights up 4-2. Mangan notched his second assist with a feed to Diehl with 1:06 left in the half to give RU a 5-3 lead heading into the break.

RU outscored WC 4-2 in the second half to control the game’s outcome. Diehl netted his second score with 6:08 left in the third period. Mangan recorded his second and third goals in the fourth period with score times of 13:41 and 6:20, respectively. SophomoreattackmanA Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) got into the scorebook off an assist from Goss with one minute left in the contest to set the final score of 9-5.

Junior goalkeeper Rudy Butler (Belle Mead, N.J.) played 60 minutes between the pipes for Rutgers, saving six shots while allowing only five to record the win.

Sophomore midfielder Joseph Stottler (Wantagh, N.Y.), senior defenseman Ryan Warnick (Boonton Twp., N.J.) and redshirt sophomore Christopher Zybrick (Kinnelon, N.J.) all recorded two caused turnovers. Freshman midfielder Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) won 12-of-18 faceoffs and scooped a career-best seven ground balls.

Rutgers next plays host to UMBC in its 2012 home opener on Sunday, Feb. 26. Action is set to begin at 12 p.m. at the RU Turf Field.


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