Rutgers vs. Penn State
March 13, 2010
The Game Story:

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 13, 2010) –The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team overcame extreme rainy and windy conditions to defeat Penn State by a 7-4 score Saturday afternoon at the RU Turf Field. The game was delayed two hours in the second half after lighting struck the area.
The Scarlet Knights (3-1) lead the all-time series with the Nittany Lions (0-5) by a commanding 42-19 advantage.

Senior midfielder Gerhard Buehning (Essex Fells, N.J.) and sophomore midfielder Michael Diel (Flemington, N.J.) each scored two goals. Senior attackman Tad Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.), junior attackman Kory Kelly (Princeton, N.J.) and senior attackman Adam Goldberg (Fayetteville, N.Y.) all scored a goal.

Senior midfielder Justin Pennington (Flemington, N.J.) dished out a game-high three assists.

Freshman goalie Rudy Butler (Belle Mead, N.J.) earned his third victory by snatching 11 saves and six ground balls. Butler entered Saturday’s contest with nation’s third-best goals-against average.

“In 26 years (being in lacrosse) that weather was the worst, with the consistency of the rain and conditions,” said Rutgers head coach James Stagnitta. “I thought our guys persevered through it all. I told them after the two-hour delay that we needed to make a run. We had to do something to gain some separation. I thought we played a pretty good first half, but had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.

“I told them once we get back out there we have to make a statement and they did,” continued Stagnitta. “Kory (Kelly), Hunter (Burnard), Gerhard (Buehning), (Justin) Pennington and (Michael) Diel really made some things happen.”

Rutgers will have a quick turnaround, as it wraps up its four-game homestand by hosting Marist Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m.