MANHASSET, N.Y. – Sophomore Kory Kelly (Princeton, N.J.) tied his season-high with four goals to lead the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team to a 14-10 ECAC win over St. John’s. The game was part of the second annual Lacrosse Day of Champions hosted by the Indians Rock Community Foundation and the Boomer Esiason Fund at Manhasset High School.
The 14 scores for RU mark the most of the season. Junior Justin Pennington (Flemington, N.J.) scored a goal and dished out a game-high three assists, while Hunter Burnard (Binghamton, N.Y.) had two goals and two assists in the win.
Rutgers (3-6, 2-1) has won two straight conference games to move into third in the ECAC standings. St. John’s, which is receiving votes in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, falls to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in the league.
St. John’s raced out to 3-0 lead, scoring three goals in a 13 second span early in the first quarter. Kelly would get RU on the board with his first goal of the day off a dish from Pennington at the 10:17 mark. STJ would increase its lead back to three off a goal from Drew Schanen, who tallied a career-high five goals in the game.
The Scarlet Knights battled back though, scoring five straight goals to take a 5-4 advantage early in the second quarter. After back-to-back Red Strom strikes, three different RU players posted goals, capped off by a Jeff Rommel (Syracuse, N.Y.) score at the 1:57 mark. Schanen netted his fourth goal of the opening half with just over a minute to play to cut RU’s lead down to 8-7 at intermission.
Rutgers controlled much of the third quarter, taking 17 shots to St. John’s three. Mike Diehl (Flemington, N.J.) scored twice and Gerhard Buehning (Essex Fells, N.J.) added another to push RU’s lead to 11-7.
With consecutive goals spanning the third and fourth quarters, STJ pulled to within two (11-9), but Kelly drilled back-to-back scores to push the Scarlet Knight lead back to four. The Red Storm would get no closer than three goals the rest of the way.
Rutgers will return home on Tuesday, March 31 to take on non-conference foe Wagner. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Yurcak Field.
Today’s game will be aired Sunday at noon on the Sports Webcasting Network. To see the action, check out www.sportswebnet.com.