PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers men's lacrosse team (2-3, 1-1) will face St. John's (3-5, 0-2) in a conference game on Saturday, March 31, at 1:00 p.m. at SJU's DaSilva Memorial Field. The Scarlet Knights are looking for their second win in a row, as well as their second conference win of the season, while the Red Storm are in search of their first ECAC victory. Rutgers is coming off a 12-11 double-overtime win against Hobart on March 24.
Senior Colin Checcio (Wayne, Pa.) scored five goals against the Statesmen, including the game-winner. Six different Scarlet Knights scored in the game, helping guide the team to its first conference win of the season. Rutgers has now won two-straight games over Hobart and evened the all-time series at 2-2-1.
Rutgers rallied from a three-goal halftime deficit to tie the game in the fourth period on a goal by freshman Justin Pennington (Flemington, N.J.) to force overtime. Both teams failed to score in the first overtime period but Checcio's goal just 23 seconds into the second overtime gave Rutgers the win. Rutgers out-shot the Statesmen, 37-32, and won 15-of-27 face-offs.
Checcio finished with a game-high five goals, while Penningtonfinished with two scores and two assists. Checcio now has a team-high 14 goals on the season while Pennington has recorded multiple-points in all five of RU's games. Senior Chris Doctor (Skaneateles, N.Y.) also had two goals while Jeff Rommel (Syracuse, N.Y.) contributed two assists.
Pete Pantages (Roseland, N.J.) got the start in goal, allowing eight of Hobart's 11 scores before rookie Bill Olin (Elmira, N.Y.) entered the game in the second half. In his first-ever collegiate action, Olin allowed just three goals and made seven saves.
Following their performances against Hobart, both Checcio and Pennington earned weekly ECAC honors. Checcio was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week, while Pennington was named Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
The Red Storm most recently defeated Siena, 10-7, on March 21 in the team's final non-conference game of the season. St. John's is led in scoring by Trevor Michaelsen's 14 goals. Tom Michaelsen has 13 scores as well as a team-high 10 assists. Goalie Dan Goldberg has made 84 saves through eight games.
Rutgers holds a 14-3 lead in the all-time series against the Red Storm, including 14-straight wins. The last time the teams met, RU posted a 4-3 victory over St. John's on April 5, 2006, at RU's Yurcak Field.
Following Saturday's game, the Scarlet Knights will host Manhattan College on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m., at Yurcak Field.