For the second consecutive game, the Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse team was able to overcome a slow start to beat St. John’s 12-8 on a rainy day on the banks.
St. Johns, perhaps channeling the the spirit of their men’s basketball team, raced out to a 3-1 lead, but then it was Casey Rose time. Rose had a first half hat-trick, and Kieran Mullins, Austin Dvitcos, and Owen Mead added their first goals of the season to give the Scarlet Knights a 6-4 lead at the half.
While the first half belonged to Rose, Jules Heningburg and Max Edelmann took over in the second half. Heningburg poured in four second half goals and Edelmann rebounded from a slow start to make several spectacular saves against a St. John’s team that refused to go away.
A week after finishing over 50% at the face-off X, the Scarlet Knights struggled as Alex Schoen finished 8-17 and Kyle Pless was 2-6.
Christian Scarpello starred the defensive midfield, finishing with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. In just his second career game, redshirt freshman Garrett Bullett added four ground balls and a caused turnover of his own.
Edelmann finished with nine saves on the day, an improvement from a tough game against Robert Morris.
Edelman with great save in front for his ninth save of the day! Rutgers holds an 11-7 lead with five minutes left in the game.— Rutgers Men's LAX (@RUmlax) February 10, 2018
- Tommy Coyne, the midyear enrollee, earned his first career start and earned an assist.
- Kieran Mullins, last seasons scorer, finished with two goals and an assist.
- Owen Mead’s second quarter goal was the first of his career.
- Rutgers dominated the ground ball battle, winning 33 ground balls to 21 for St John’s.
- Rutgers finished with 12 turnovers, compared to 18 for St. John’s.
Rutgers has their biggest test of the early season next week when they take on a very tough Army team at West Point.