Delaware vs. Rutgers
March 5, 2005
The Game Story:
NEWARK, DE -- Senior Jamie Lovejoy scored his only goal of the game with 45 seconds left to play as Rutgers rallied with two goals in the final two minutes to upend host University of Delaware in a closely-fought non-league men's lacrosse game Saturday afternoon at Rullo Stadium.

Lovejoy scooped up a rebound off a missed shot by Chris Doctor and fired a shot past Delaware goalkeeper Chris Collins to complete the comeback and give the Scarlet Knights (1-0) the win in their season opener. Delaware, which opened the season 2-0, dropped their second straight game to fall to 2-2. Rutgers downed the Hens for the third straight year.

Joe Trentzsch, who has scored a goal in seven straight gamees since last season, contributed two goals for Delaware while Cam Howard (right) scored one goal and dished out three assists, Jordan Hall had one goal and two assists, and Andy Hipple had one goal and one assist. The Hens outshot Rutgers 30-25, held a 12-4 advantage in faceoffs, and a 33-23 edge in groundballs but could not overcome seven penalties.

Rutgers, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago and was ranked No. 12 in the pre-season Inside Lacrosse Top 20 poll, got two goals from Doctor while Lovejoy added an assist and John Flanagan dished out three assists. All-American goalkeeper Greg Havalchak recorded 12 saves in the nets.

Delaware overcame a 6-3 deficit late in the third quarter by scoring four straight goals and taking a 7-6 lead with just under four minutes left to play. Hall started the spurt as he ended a nearly 20-minute Blue Hen scoring drought with a goal with 54 seconds left in the third quarter. Howard fed Trentzsch for a goal early in the fourth stanza to cut the lead to two and then scored himself off a feed from Hipple with 4:31 left to tie the score at 6-6.

Blue Hen freshman Vincent Giordano, last week's Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week, then put the Hens ahead for the first time since early in the first quarter on a goal off a feed from Howard with 3:53 left for a 7-6 lead.

But Rutgers rallied to win it as Flanagan fed Mooney for a goal with 1:54 left to knot the score at 7-7 and Lovejoy followed with the game-winner just 69 seconds later.

The game featured five ties with three coming in the first half. Hipple scored his 50th career goal one minute into the second quarter to tie it at 2-2 and after Doctor scored to give the Scarlet Knights at 3-2 lead, Delaware's Dave Powers sent the game into intermission tied at 3-3 on a goal with 5:33 left. Rutgers scored three goals in a span of three minutes early in the third quarter to take a 6-3 lead before Delaware's comeback.