The #7 Rutgers Men's Lacrosse team played their most complete game of the season Friday night, defeating #14 Stony Brook 17-4. It was a much hyped game, but a 6-0 lead after the first quarter and an 11-2 half time lead turned it into a laugher. The win was sweet for the Scarlet Knights after losing to Stony Brook 15-6 last season.
Highlights from @RVisionRU as No. 7 #RUMLax Defeats No. 14 Stony Brook, 17-4 https://t.co/7F5KkiT3fW— Rutgers Men's LAX (@RUmlax) March 11, 2017
Freshman Kieran Mullins continued his hot streak, following up his four goal performance against Brown with a six point day on three goals and three assists. Casey Rose also finished with a hat-trick on the day and Jules Heningburg, Connor Murphy, and Jeff George all finished with two goals.
A pair of hat tricks today from #RUMLax underclassmen: Kieran Mullins (career-high 6 points) and Casey Rose (2nd career) FutureIsBright pic.twitter.com/KFw0rkd9Bp— Rutgers Men's LAX (@RUmlax) March 11, 2017
The attack line of Mullins, Murphy, and Heningburg finished with seven goals and eight assists on the day. Two players, Garrett Michaeli and Matthew Chase, scored their first career goals on the day.
One of the reasons that the offense was able to be so dominant was the play of face-off man Joe Francisco, who finished 14-19 on the day and racked up nine ground balls.
#RUMLax FO Joe Francisco with an outstanding 14-of-19 performance at the 'X' tonight - started out 10-of-10 as RU raced out to an 8-1 lead pic.twitter.com/wX6FSEduZg— Rutgers Men's LAX (@RUmlax) March 11, 2017
Max Edelmann and the Rutgers defense continued to dominate, holding Stony Brook to four goals, 11 below their season average. They limited Stony Brook to 12 shots on goal and caused 14 turnovers. Edelmann finished with eight saves on the day, while Michael Rexrode had four caused turnovers and Chris Groel picked up five groundballs.
No. 14 Stony Brook entered the game vs #RUMLax as the No. 5 scoring offense in the NCAA with 15 goals/game. RU held them to just four goals. pic.twitter.com/zV2iS2UKOM— Rutgers Men's LAX (@RUmlax) March 11, 2017
Rutgers has the weekend off before another grudge match Tuesday night when they take on nationally ranked Princeton at home. Princeton defeated the Scarlet Knights 10-7 last season.