April 30, 2010

Rutgers Heads to D.C. for Clash with Hoyas

from press release

– The Rutgers men's lacrosse team will face its fourth-straight top-15 opponent this Saturday when it travels to battle No. 15/14 Georgetown at the Multi-Sport Field for a 6 p.m. game.

The contest will be shown on Verizon FiOS1 through tape delay. Dave McHugh will be calling the play-by-play with Brian Rodgers on the color.

The Scarlet Knights (5-7, 1-3) are coming off an 8-4 loss against the then-No. 9/9 Villanova Wildcats in their final home game last Sunday. Rutgers outshot Villanova by a 27-25 margin but only 14 of RU's shots were on goal. Senior midfielder Gerhard Buehning (Essex Fells, N.J.) and sophomore attackman Kevin Hover (Belle Mead, N.J.) each scored two goals.

The Hoyas fell to then-No. 16/16 Massachusetts 13-12 in the ESPNU Invitational last Saturday. Most of the scoring took place in the fourth quarter, as UMass held a 6-5 scoring advantage, including the last three scores of the game. The Rutgers game will serve as Senior Day for the Hoyas. Dave Urick is in his 21st season leading GU.

Georgetown leads the all-time series against Rutgers by a 12-0 mark. Last season, the Scarlet Knights fell by a 15-7 score on the road to the Hoyas. Justin Pennington (Flemington, N.J.) netted a season-high three goals and dished out an assist.

"Georgetown is a big, strong and athletic squad," said Rutgers head coach Jim Stagnitta. "They are pretty consistent year in and year out. They aggressively get to the cage. They are not going to be fancy, they just try to overpower you."

Pennington leads the Scarlet Knights in points (35), goals (22) and assists (13). The four-time BIG EAST Honor Roll Selection has tallied an assist or goal in 21-staright games.

Senior co-captain Buehning is second on the team in goals (19) and owns a team-best eight goals in conference play.

Senior goalie Billy Olin (Horseheads, N.Y.) has started the past six games for RU and despite the 1-5 record, he has played well in the past two games against No. 2 Syracuse and No. 9 Villanova as he snatched a combined 25 saves.

For Georgetown, senior attackman Craig Dowd owns a team-best 38 points on 28 assists and 10 goals. Dowd's 2.33 assists per game average ranks fifth in the country. Senior midfielder Andrew Brancacaccio leads the Hoyas in goals with 22.

The Scarlet Knights will close out the regular season on Sunday, May 9 at Providence in a 1 p.m. contest.

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