Saint Joseph's vs. Rutgers
March 20, 2002
The Game Story:
PHILADELPHIA, PA (3/20/02) - The Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse team lost its sixth game of the season Wednesday night to Rutgers. The Hawks fell 14-3 to the Scarlet Knights on a rainy and wet Finnesey field. Junior Chris Spay (Swarthmore, PA/Strath Haven) led the way for SJU scoring all three goals while sophomore Tim White scored four goals for the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers dominated the field but remained scoreless as the Hawk's defense was able to contain the Scarlet. Just inside the six minute mark, White connected off a pass from Jamie Lovejoy to open the game at 1-0. Two minutes later Spay caught a feed from Ryan Madairy (Phoenix, MD/Loyola) and blasted one into the net tying the game 1-1. With three minutes left in the first period the Scarlet Knights scored again setting the trend for the second period as Rutgers scored 5 unanswered goals to hold the Hawks scoreless in the second stanza. The Scarlet Knights led at the half 7-1.

In the third quarter Spay opened up the second half scoring just inside the one minute mark off a Kevin McGrann (Washington, DC/Bishop O'Connell) assist. It was the last time SJU would score in the third quarter as Rutgers blasted six goals into the back of the Hawk net. Rutgers gained a 13-2 lead.

In the final period, each team scored one goal as defensive skills played a role in holding off the explosive Scarlet Knight offense. McGrann again found Spay among the sea of Scarlet jersey's to pummel a shot into Knight territory. Rutgers answered with a final game goal for a final tally 14-3.

Freshman Dan Morrissey (West Field, NJ/Westfield) protected the net for the Hawks turning away 21 shots.

Saint Joseph's, now 0-6 on the season, will hit the road for a two game stretch. SJU competes March 30 at Marist. Rutgers improves to 2-5.