Powless’ seven goals are the fourth-most ever tallied in a game in school history, tied with five other players. The last Scarlet Knight to tally seven goals in a single game was Bill Naslonski (1981-84), against Syracuse, in 1984.
Rutgers fell behind at the start of the game, as the Mids held a 4-1 lead after the first quarter. Rutgers responded with five goals in the second quarter and entered halftime down just one (7-6). The Scarlet Knight defense, anchored by freshman goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY), buckled down in the second half and allowed just one Navy goal, with 12:03 left in the third quarter. The Mids were shut out for the remaining 27:03, while Rutgers scored the final six goals of the game, including four by Powless.
The Scarlet Knights tied the game for the first time on John Flanagan’s (Smithtown, NY) goal 1:21 into the third quarter. Navy’s Graham Gill added a goal and the Mids took the lead again, 8-7, with 12:03 left in the third. It was the last goal for Navy in the contest. Powless tied the score with his fourth goal of the day, and the Scarlet Knights took the lead for good on senior Jeff Duca’s (Fair Lawn, NJ) goal with 3:44 left in the period. Powless went on to score three more goals, and senior Nick Schmidt (Hicksville, NY) added another tally. Havalchak saved 10 shots and played all 60 minutes.
Rutgers will travel to Florida for Spring Break this week and will face Vermont on Saturday, March 22. The game will be played at Jupiter Community Park at 2 p.m. BOX SCORE