Rutgers vs. Manhattan
March 14, 2006
The Game Story:
PISCATAWAY, NJ (March 14, 2006) - Eight different players tallied
multiple points as the Rutgers men's lacrosse team (2-2) scored 13
unanswered goals and held Manhattan (2-3) scoreless for the final 46:13
of regulation in a 15-2 victory on Tuesday afternoon at the Rutgers
Stadium Complex.



Senior attackman Austin Rodgers (Baltimore, MD), junior midfielder Matt
Gaines (Abingdon, MD) and junior midfielder Josh Ashcraft (Carthange,
NY) all finished with four points. Rodgers and Gaines had two goals and
two assists while Ashcraft had a goal and three assists. Senior Devon
Britts (Scottsville, VA), junior Colin Checcio (Wayne, PA) and freshman
Mike Dugan (Summit, NJ) each had three points while freshman Tad
Stanwick (Baltimore, MD) and junior Chris Doctor (Skaneateles, NY)
finished with two points.



Just four days after generating 40 shots against Fairfield, the Rutgers
offense fired 47 shots against Mahattan goalies Justin Henry and Keith
O'Connor. Rutgers' top goal scorers were Checcio and Dugan, who each
notched hat tricks. Rodgers, Gaines and Britts had two goals while
Ashcraft, Doctor and Stanwick finished with one apiece.



On the defensive end, the Jaspers had just 10 shots in the first three
quarters and didn't score after the 1:13 mark of the second quarter.
Sophomore Ted Melanson (Baltimore, MD) had another solid day in the
face-off X, winning 12-of-19 draws and picking up four ground balls. As
a team, the Scarlet Knights had a season-high 38 ground balls. Senior
goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) made six saves before being relieved
in the fourth quarter by sophomore Lyle Farrar (Lexington, VA) and
freshman Peter Pantages (Roseland, NJ).



Manhattan went ahead early in the first quarter on a Jack O'Malley goal.
The lead was short lived, however, as Gaines scored unassisted 23
seconds later. Rutgers and Manhattan traded goals for the remainder of
the quarter before Britts took a pass from Rodgers and gave RU a 3-2
lead with two seconds left in the opening stanza.



Satnwick's first career goal gave RU a 4-2 edge in the second quarter,
and the Scarlet Knights would score four more times in the period to
take a 8-2 lead at intermission. Rutgers' goals came from four
different players in that span, including when Checcio converted on an
extra-man opportunity.



The second half was more of the same for RU on the offensive end, as
Rodgers and Gaines scored in the first four minutes of the third quarter
to push the lead to 10-2. Dugan and Checcio each scored two of their
three goals in the second half, as Rutgers closed out the scoring at the
8:15 mark of the fourth quarter.



Through four games, Doctor leads Rutgers with 11 points (seven goals,
four assists) while Ashcraft has eight points (two goals, six assists)
and three other players - Checcio, Gaines and Rodgers - has chipped in
with seven points. The Scarlet Knights have outshot their first four
opponents 148-110 and have won 44-of-76 face-offs (.579).



Rutgers returns to action on Saturday, March 18, when it ventures to
West Point, NY, to face Army at 1:00 p.m. The Scarlet Knights will be
seeing their first win over Army since 1998.