Rutgers vs. Manhattan
April 3, 2007
The Game Story:
PISCATAWAY, N.J. The Rutgers men's lacrosse team (3-4, 1-2) held Manhattan (4-4) to just three goals en route to a 10-3 victory at Tuesday night at Yurcak Field. The three goals were the fewest allowed by the Scarlet Knights since Manhattan scored three on Feb. 26, 2003, in a 7-3 loss to Rutgers. With the win, RU also improves to 8-0 all-time against the Jaspers.

Senior Colin Checcio (Wayne, Pa.) led the way on offense, scoring four goals against Manhattan's defense. Checcio now has a team-leading 20 scores on the season. Checcio also added in one assist to record a game-high five points. Jeff Rommel (Syracuse, N.Y.) and freshman Justin Pennington (Flemington, N.J.) each added in two goals for RU. Rommel recorded two assists in the game, as well, to finish with four points.

RU's defense was solid all game, limiting the Jaspers to 27 shots, including just three in both the first and third quarters. The Scarlet Knights also forced 17 turnovers by Manhattan, while Rutgers committed just 10. Rutgers was able to capitalize on its extra-man opportunities, going 3-for-5 while Manhattan was 0-for-4 in extra man chances. The Scarlet Knights out-shot the Jaspers, 39-27, and scooped-up a season-beset 39 ground balls.

Checcio got the scoring started with a man-up goal at the 14:18 mark in the first period. Checcio scored Rutgers' first three goals of the game to give the Scarlet Knights a 3-0 lead with 4:29 left to play in the first period. A goal by Rommel with 2:22 remaining in the opening quarter gave the team a 4-0 lead.

The Scarlet Knights scored four more unanswered goals in the second quarter to take an 8-0 lead at the half. RU's offense came out firing to start the second half, scoring two more goals in the third quarter to give Rutgers a 10-0 lead.

Manhattan finally got on the board with a goal by Angel Marrano at the 13:23 mark in the fourth quarter to bring the score to 10-1. The Jaspers would score the final two goals of the game but Rutgers recorded the 10-3 win.

Freshman Bill Olin (Horseheads, N.Y.) got the start in goal for Rutgers, allowing no goals and finishing with eight saves. His Manhattan counterpart, John Geagan, made nine saves and allowed all 10 of the Scarlet Knights' goals.

The Scarlet Knights will close-out their two-game homestand when they host ECAC opponent Loyola on Saturday, April 7, at 3:30 p.m. at Yurcak Field.