Rutgers vs. Manhattan
April 1, 2008
The Game Story:
PISCATAWAY, N.J. The Rutgers men's lacrosse team saw eight different players score in a 13-2 win over Manhattan Tuesday night at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. Sophomore Gerhard Buehning (Essex Fells, N.J.) and junior Jeff Rommel (Syracuse, N.Y.) each finished with a hat trick as RU (4-4) held Manhattan (2-7) to one goal in each half.

"It was a decisive victory," said head coach Jim Stagnitta. "We only had six goals on 30 shots in the first half but we did a much better job of capitalizing on our opportunities in the second half. I was pleased with the intensity and effort the team showed, and they maintained that throughout the game."

Rommel scored all three of his goals in the first half off assists from sophomore Hunter Bernard (Binghamton, N.Y.). The Scarlet Knights led 4-0 before Manhattan got on the board, and RU would tack on two more to go into halftime with a 6-1 advantage.

RU found their scoring touch in the third quarter, scoring five goals on 12 shots. Junior defenseman Chris O'Dougherty (Kinnelon, N.J.) picked up the first goal of his career, racing down the right sideline on a fast break and finishing with a laser into the net. Four other Scarlet Knights scored in the quarter, as Tad Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.), Buehning, Bernard and Kory Kelly (Princeton, N.J.) all posted goals. Holding an 11-1 lead after three periods, RU was able to play most of its roster, as 34 Scarlet Knights saw action in the win.

Sophomore goalie Bill Olin (Horseheads, N.Y.) faced only 12 shots in three quarters of action, posting five saves. Backup goalie Peter Pantages (Roseland, N.J.) entered the game in the fourth quarter, picking up three saves while facing seven shots.

RU has won three of its past four games, including two consecutive, to return to .500. Rutgers tied its season-high with 13 goals against the Jaspers, a feat previously accomplished in wins against UMBC (2/24) and Hobart (3/21). The last time RU scored 13 or more goals three separate times in a season was in 2004, when the team defeated Delaware 13-9, Quinnipiac 17-4 and Syracuse 14-10.

The Scarlet Knights return to action on Saturday, April 5, when they travel to Baltimore, Md., to take on ECAC foe Loyola at 7:00 p.m.