Rutgers Holds Off Marist to Win Home Opener
from press release
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team defeated Marist by a score of 10-9 at the Stadium Complex on Tuesday, winning the first home night game of the season. First-year head coach Brian Brecht’s squad saw standout performances from senior co-captain M Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J.) and sophomore G Steven Lusby (Severna Park, Md.). Mangan scored three goals for his third hat trick of his final RU campaign, while Lusby recorded his first career win in goal.
The Scarlet Knights (4-3) opened a 5-0 lead on the Red Foxes (2-2) in the first period before finally yielding points to opposing squad. Sophomore A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.), redshirt sophomore A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) Mangan and redshirt freshman D Andrew Parrilla (Wyckoff, N.J.) built the initial lead for RU, with Mangan scoring twice and Parrilla netting the first goal of his career. Freshman M Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.)notched the first assist of his career on Parrilla’s score.
Marist scored the next four goals to tighten RU’s lead to 5-4 with 14:55 remaining in the second period. Rutgers responded with two goals in the second quarter, first from senior M Michael Diehl (Flemington, N.J.) and the second from senior A Kevin Hover (Belle Mead, N.J.) The Red Foxes added one more goal with 1:38 left in the first half to set the score at 7-5 at the break.
The Red Foxes used a 3-2 goal advantage in the third period to tighten the game at 9-8 heading into the final period of play. Mangan secured RU’s victory with an unassisted goal at the 8:39 mark to set the score at 10-8. The tough RU defense held Marist to just one final goal with 36 seconds remaining in the game to set the final score of 10-9 to Rutgers.
Besides Mangan’s three goals, three-point outings were recorded by DePaolera (one goal, two assists) and Diehl (two goals, one assist). Nardella led the squad in ground balls with 12, with a 13-of-20 showing in faceoff opportunities, while senior co-captain D Jacob Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md.) led the defensive effort by stifling Marist’s potent scoring attack. Redshirt sophomore D Christopher Zybrick (Kinnelon, N.J.) assisted in the strong defensive effort with a team-high two caused turnovers. Lusby made six saves and allowed nine goals in the win.
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