CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 14, 2012) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 13 Syracuse by a score 19-6 inside American Legion Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The nationally televised BIG EAST game was part of the ESPNU Warrior Classic, with the Scarlet Knights making their second-straight appearance in the event. First-year head coach Brian Brecht’s squad was led by freshman M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.), who tied his career-high with three points off two goals and one assist.
Scoring plays for the Scarlet Knights were executed by Goss, sophomore A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.), senior co-captain M Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J), senior A Kevin Hover (Belle Mead, N.J.) and redshirt sophomore M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.).
The Scarlet Knights dropped to 5-8 (1-4 BIG EAST) with the result, while the Orange improved their record to 6-5 (3-1 BIG EAST).
Rutgers saw two goals scored by underclassmen in the game’s opening period. Goss started Rutgers’ scoring at 12:43 in the first period off a helping feed from Mangan. After a score by the Orange to equalize the game at 1-1, DePaolera received a dish from Klimchak to score RU’s second goal at 9:49.
Mangan, Rutgers’ scoring leader, netted his 26th goal of the season at the 1:47 mark in the second period while SU had an extra-man opportunity to set the score at 13-3 to the Orange . The unassisted score, along with his earlier assist, brought Mangan’s season total to 35 points. Mangan’s efforts extended his scoring streak to 19 games.
Hover recorded Rutgers’ fourth goal with 26 seconds left in the third period off an assist from DePaolera to set the score at 18-4 in favor of Syracuse.
The Scarlet Knights netted the only goals of the fourth period, with the first coming from Goss off a feed from senior A Jonathan Lefferts (Moorsestown, N.J.) at 2:39. RU was on the scoreboard again when Terranova fired a shot past the Syracuse defense with 1:47 left in the game, with the assist coming from Goss. The goal set the final score at 19-6 to SU.
Redshirt sophomore Christopher Zybrick (Kinnelon, N.J.) produced a team-leading two caused turnovers, while sophomore G Steven Lusby (Severna Park, Md.) and junior G Joseph Donnelly (Newtown Sq., Pa.) combined to make 15 saves in the contest.
Rutgers returns home for Senior Night on Saturday, April 21, taking on Michigan at Yurcak Field. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. with live coverage provided at ScarletKnights.com by RVision, presented by AT&T. The evening’s events also include Alumni Appreciation Day, with Rutgers first NCAA tournament team, the 1972 squad, receiving recognition at halftime for its 40th anniversary.
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