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Rutgers Edges St. John’s, 4-3, for Third-Straight Win
  • Posted on April 05, 2006 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ  - A stifling defensive effort and 14 saves from senior goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) carried the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team (5-3, 2-1 ECAC) to a hard-fought 4-3 decision over St. Johns (4-5, 0-3 ECAC) on Wednesday night at Yurcak Field.  The win extended RU’s winning streak to three games heading into a critical ECAC showdown with Loyola (Md.) on Saturday in Baltimore, MD.

    The game was not decided until the final seconds, as St. John’s gained possession in its offensive end and called a timeout to set up with it hoped would be the game-tying goal.  The Red Storm ran a play for leading scorer Tom Michaelsen, who was guarded closely by reigning ECAC Rookie of the Week Chris O’Dougherty (Kinnelon, NJ).  The tandem of O’Dougherty and senior Dan Rauch (Broomall, PA) forced a turnover by Michaelsen, who was never able to get off a shot and lost the ball out of his stick while dodging towards the goal.  Rauch picked up the ground ball as time expired, giving the Scarlet Knights their second one-goal victory of the year.

    Havalchak, coming off back-to-back 16-save efforts against Hobart and Stony Brook, put on another clutch performance between the pipes.  He made six fourth-quarter saves, including one 1:23 to play on a point-blank shot from Justin O’Donnell.  Through six games, Havalchak has 87 saves, a 5.61 goals against average and .664 save percentage.  Four times this year, he has held an opponent to three goals or fewer.

    The Rutgers defense, led by O’Dougherty, Rauch, Chris Hoffman (Cazenovia, NY) Chris Gammello (Rockville Centre, NY), Nick Filippone (Northport, NY), once again shut down the oppositions leading scorer, limiting Michaelsen to just one goal.  The Red Storm also had two separate scoring droughts of over 20:00 (15:00-9:30 1st half, 9:30 2nd quarter-12:58 4th quarter).

    The offensive star of the night for Rutgers was senior Devon Britts (Scottsville, VA), who scored twice in a 5:00 span at the end of the third quarter to give Rutgers a 4-1 halftime lead.  Britts has seven goals in the past five games, including the game-winner in overtime against Hobart on March 25.

    Junior Colin Checcio (Wayne, PA) opened the scoring early in the first quarter, bouncing a shot past St. John’s goalie Dave Saccente at the 14:01 mark.  Senior Austin Rodgers (Baltimore, MD) also scored unassisted with 3:13 to play, but that was all the offense Rutgers could muster until Britts’ goals.  The Scarlet Knights were hurt by 19 turnovers.

    St. John’s got on the scoreboard with 9:30 left in the half when Michaelsen scored unassisted, and then drew to within two, 4-2, when O’Donnell picked up a ground ball and stuck at shot past Havalchak with 12:58 left in the fourth.  Graeme Gillespie’s goal with 2:53 left made the sore 4-3, but St. John’s failed to capitalize on an extra-man opportunity one minute later, and Havalchak’s saves allowed RU to escape with the win.

    Tonight’s game can be seen on Patriot Media on a tape-delayed basis on Thursday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 9 at 9:00 p.m.  The Scarlet Knights return to action on Saturday, April 8 when they travel to Baltimore, MD to face Loyola at 1:00 p.m.  That game can be seen live on ESPNU.

                              Lacrosse Box Score (Final)
                              2006 Rutgers Men's Lacrosse
                 St. John's vs Rutgers (Apr 05, 2006 at Piscataway, NJ)
    
    
    
    St. John's (4-5, 0-3 ECAC) vs.                    SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
    Rutgers (5-3, 2-1 ECAC)                           -------------------------------------
    Date: Apr 05, 2006  Attendance: 312               St. John's..........  0  1  0  2 -  3
    Weather: Partly cloudy, cold                      Rutgers.............  2  2  0  0 -  4
    
    St. John's SCORING: GOALS: O'Donnell, Justin 1; Michaelsen, Tom 1; Gillespie,
    Graeme 1.
    ASSISTS: O'Donnell, Justin 1.
    
    Rutgers SCORING: GOALS: Britts, Devon 2; Rodgers, Austin 1; Checcio, Colin 1.
    ASSISTS: None.
    
    
    
    
    SHOTS BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    St. John's..........  4  7  5 14 - 30
    Rutgers.............  5  4  7  3 - 19
    
    GROUND BALLS BY PRD   1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    St. John's..........  7  6  7  9 - 29
    Rutgers.............  9  7  8  7 - 31
    
    FACE-OFFS BY PRD       1     2     3     4     Total
    ----------------------------------------------------
    St. John's..........  1-3   2-4   0-0   2-3  -  5-10
    Rutgers.............  2-3   2-4   0-0   1-3  -  5-10
    
    CLEARS BY PERIOD       1     2     3     4     Total
    ----------------------------------------------------
    St. John's..........  3-3   3-3   5-6   5-5  - 16-17
    Rutgers.............  7-7   3-4   4-5   5-7  - 19-23
    
    EXTRA-MAN OPPS         1     2     3     4     Total
    ----------------------------------------------------
    St. John's..........  0-0   0-0   0-0   0-2  -  0-2
    Rutgers.............  0-0   0-1   0-0   0-0  -  0-1
    
    
    SAVES BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    St. John's..........  0  0  2  2 -  4
    Rutgers.............  2  4  2  6 - 14
    
    TURNOVERS BY PRD      1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    St. John's..........  5  3  4  2 - 14
    Rutgers.............  5  4  6  4 - 19
    
    
    
    
    
    PENALTIES - St. John's 1/1:00; Rutgers 2/1:00.
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