February 20, 2011

Rutgers Downs Manhattan to Move to 2-0

from press release

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team (2-0) continued its strong opening weekend play as it downed the Manhattan Jaspers (0-1), 11-3, this afternoon at the RU Turf Field. The game saw seven different Scarlet Knights score, with two posting multiple goal efforts. Junior Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J.) led the way for RU with four goals and an assist.

RU got out to a quick start when Duncan Clancy (Princeton, N.J.) found a cutting Mangan who rifled the shot into the back of the net giving RU a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. With 4:14 left in the first, Clancy connected with Mangan again to push the RU advantage to 2-0. A goal by Clancy with 36 seconds left in the first gave the Scarlet Knights a 3-0 lead going into the second.

Rutgers again got out to a quick start in the second when Andrew D’Agostino (Syracuse, N.Y.) took a groundball off a faceoff win from Chris Mattes (Westfield, N.J.), slashed into the Manhattan zone and fired the ball past the Jaspers’ keeper. After Manhattan answered with a pair of goals to cut the RU lead in half, Mike Diehl (Fleminton, N.J.) was able to find the back of the net with nine seconds left before half to give RU a 5-2 lead going into the break.

Diehl got the scoring going to start the second half when he found the back of the net less than five minutes into the third giving RU a 6-2 lead. After the Jaspers answered with a goal of their own three minutes later, the Scarlet Knights defense took over and shut out Manhattan the rest of the way.

While the defense kept the Jaspers off the board, the Scarlet Knights offense found its groove rallying off the last five goals of the game. RU picked up two more goals from Mangan and goals from Scott Kilmchak (Clark, N.J.), Kory Kelly (Princeton, N.J.) and Jake Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md.) to close out the scoring and give RU the 11-3 victory.     

Rutgers will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 26, when they travel to Baltimore for a 1 p.m. matchup with UMBC.

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