PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Junior midfielder Justin Pennington (Flemington, N.J.) tied his season-high with two goals, but the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell, 9-6, to No. 20 Army Saturday afternoon at RU Turf Field.
Jeff Rommel advances against Army. (Tom Ciszek/NJSportsPhoto) PHOTO GALLERY
Army (4-2), which has won three straight games, was led by Jason Peyer and Jeremy Boltus who combined for six goals and three assists.
Peyer got the scoring started for the Black Knights, netting the first two goals of the game. The Scarlet Knights would get on the board with 1:31 remaining in the opening stanza as sophomore Colin Donahue (Camillus, N.Y.) posted his second goal of the season.
Rutgers would start the second period hot, getting back-to-back goals from Jeff Rommel (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Pennington to take its first lead of the day at 3-2. After the squads traded possessions, Army would get the lead back, scoring twice in a 39 second span to take a 4-3 lead into intermission.
Out of halftime, Rutgers would quickly tie the game as freshman Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J.) would score his first goal of the season. Army would control the remainder of the third quarter though. The Black Knights scored five consecutive goals spanning the third and fourth periods, including two scores from Boltus.
The Scarlet Knights would make a late charge, getting goals from Pennington and Brendan Porter (Maplewood, N.J.) to pull to within three goals, but RU could get no closer.
Rutgers will return to the road on March 21, traveling to Hobart. The ECAC tilt will begin at 1 p.m.