RU Men's Lacrosse Edged by No. 19/20 UMBC, 6-5, in Home Opener
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 28, 2010) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team (1-1) opened the 2010 home season with a back-and-fourth battle against No.19/20 UMBC (1-1) Sunday afternoon that came down to the final seconds when senior midfielder Justin Pennington’s (Flemington, N.J.) potential game-tying shot flew wide right as UMBC escaped the RU Turf Field with a 6-5 win.
Pennington scored a RU-high two goals on 11 shots and scooped up a ground ball. Senior co-captains attackman Tad Standwick (Baltimore, Md.) and midfielder Gerhard Buehning (Essex Fells, N.J.) along with sophomore midfielder Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J.) each scored a goal.
Despite the loss, freshman goalie Rudy Butler (Belle Mead, N.J.) had a solid outing in his first full game as a Scarlet Knight as he snatched nine saves on the day and limited an UMBC squad that averaged 12 goals last season to six on Sunday.
Sophomore Jacob Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md.) also had a strong defensive performance with three caused turnovers.
The Retrievers were led by junior midfielder Bobby Stockton who tallied a game-high three goals on seven shots.
“The game didn’t have much flow, because of the penalties,” said Rutgers head coach Jim Stagnitta. “I don't know how many man-downs we had, but we didn't get a lot of possessions to generate a number of shots. I know the guys were a little upset, because they felt they let one slip away."
The Retrievers got on the board first with an unassisted goal from Chris Jones at the 12:20 mark in the first period. The Scarlet Knights retaliated less than two minutes later when Buehning scored off a pass from fellow senior midfielder Erik Stilley (Medford, N.J.).
Stocken began his hat trick by flinging one in the back of the net off an assist from Jamie Kimbles at the 4:23 mark in the first quarter. The tally by Stockton would be the final of the first half.
The Scarlet Knights outdueled the Retrievers in the third period as Pennington and Stanwick each scored along with UMBC’s Rob Grimm to knot the score at 3-3 heading into the final quarter.
Five of the heated battle’s 11 goals would be scored in the final 12 minutes of the game. Stockton notched his second goal of the day at the 12-minute mark off an assist from Grim for the Retrievers to regain the lead at 4-3.
Mangan scored with 7:51 remaining in the game to tie it up at 4-all. UMBC posted two goals over the next three minutes to take their first multi-point lead of the game.
All-BIG EAST selection Pennington willed his team back in the game by hitting a dramatic goal with 2:06 remaining in the game to trim UMBC’s lead to 6-5.
Pennington had a chance to tie it at the end when he drilled a shot with two seconds left but it flew wide as UMBC went on to win 6-5.
Rutgers will remain at home for its next three contests beginning with a game against St. Joseph’s on Saturday, March 6 at 1 p.m.