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Rutgers is for real, Y’all!
A week after taking down Penn State 11-9 in their season-opener, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights marched over to Columbus, Ohio, and trampled the Buckeyes 22-12.
The Scarlet Knights’ offense was led by Adam Charalambides (5G/1A) and Kieran Mullins (2G/4A) with six points each. Shane Knobloch (4G/1A) and David Sprock (3G/2A) each had five points and Connor Kirst scored four goals. Jon Dugenio went 17-for-34 (50%) at the faceoff dot and added two goals. Colin Kirst made 10 saves in cage.
Griffin Hughes and Tre LeClair led Ohio State with five and three goals, respectively. Skylar Wahlund made 9 saves in cage and Justin Inacio went 18-for-36 (50%) at the dot in his first game of the season.
While the two sides traded goals early on with things tied up 3-3 at the 6:53 mark of the first, Rutgers soon stepped on the gas and never seemed to let up. Two consecutive goals from Connor Kirst proved to be the catalyst for a six-goal run from late in the first through early in the second to take a 9-3 lead. After that run, Ohio State was never able to gain any kind of foothold on the contest again.
Rutgers outscored Ohio State 5-4 in the second quarter to end the first half and 11-5 in the entirety of the second half, including a 7-1 third quarter. Rutgers ended the game with a 38-28 edge in the ground ball battle and with 13 turnovers opposed to 19 from Ohio State. They also outshot the Buckeyes 58-31. 33 of those shots were on goal.
Rutgers moves onto face Michigan at home next week while Ohio State will travel to take on Penn State.
Tierney’s Career Day Leads Hofstra Past Stony Brook
In what can only be described as a shooting clinic, the Hofstra Pride took down the Stony Brook Seawolves 20-17 to take a 7-5 series lead in the Long Island Rivalry.
Ryan Tierney had 11 points (8G/3A) to lead the Pride. His 12 points ties the program record for points in a game and puts him two points shy of the CAA all-time career points record of 212 which was set by former Delaware standout Curtis Dickson. In addition to Tierney’s gaudy performance, Alex Concannon tallied four goals and Justin Lynskey had a hat trick and an assist. Mac Gates made 16 saves in cage for the Pride.
Dylan Pallonetti tallied eight points (5G/3A) for the Seawolves while Tom Haun and Mike McCannell each had five points (3G/2A).
While the contest was a back-and-forth affair through the first 23-plus minutes with Hofstra holding a 9-7 lead with 6:19 in the second, Stony Brook hit a hot streak to end the half. The Seawolves got four goals from four different goals scorers to close out the first half and take an 11-9 lead into the locker room.
Ryan Tierney and James Philbin scored the first two of the third to tie things at 11 for Hofstra but Stony Brook had an answer. Two from Dylan Pallonetti and one from Wayne White put the Seawolves back up 14-11. However, that would be the last bit of any serious momentum for Stony Brook the rest of the game. A power play goal from Alex Concannon at the 3:30 mark in the third jump-started a five-goal Hofstra run that saw them get ahead and stretch their lead out to 16-14 by the 13:13 mark in the fourth.
Hofstra found the back of the net four more times, including two from Tierney, to outscore Stony Brook 9-3 in the final 18:30 of the game and secure the 20-17 victory in the rivalry contest.
Second Half Burst Leads Syracuse Past Virginia
After dropping their first contest of the season to Army West Point last Sunday, the Syracuse Orange bounced back with a 20-10 victory over rival Virginia.
Following a fairly back-and-forth first half where the Orange were able to get up 9-7 at the half, Syracuse really put the pedal to the metal in the second half. In the final two quarters of play, the orange only allowed three Cavalier goals and put up 11 of their own, which included a hat trick from freshman Owen Hiltz. The freshman also had two assists in the game to end the day with a total of five points. Additionally, Brendan Curry (3G/4A) and Stephen Rehfuss (3G/3A) led the Orange offense with seven and six points, respectively.
Jakob Phaub went 22-for-23 at the faceoff dot and Drake Porter made 13 saves with a .565% save percentage.
Ian Laviano (3G) and Connor Shellenberger (2G/1A) led the Cavaliers’ offense.
Georgetown Burns St. John’s
The Georgetown Hoyas moved their winning streak, which dates back to March of 2020, to seven on Saturday as they dominated St. John’s 19-1. The Hoyas have now outscored their opponents 35-2 in their first two games of the season.
Jake Carraway led the way, again, with six points (3G/3A). Carraway’s performance puts him atop the record books as the all-time career goal leader in Georgetown history and only seven points away from the program’s all-time career points record.
Additionally, Nicky Petkevich had five points (4G/1A) and Owen McElroy made 10 saves with a 91% save percentage.
Villanova Edges Marquette
After getting blown out 16-1 in their opener against Georgetown, the Villanova Wildcats bounced back and defeated the Marquette Golden Eagles 16-14 on the road. Matt Campbell led Villanova with seven points (5G/2A) in the win. Keegan Khan also had six points (3G/3A).
Devon Cowan had six points (4G/2A) for Marquette.
While both teams started slow with Villanova leading 2-1 at the end of the first, both offenses woke up in the second. Zach Granger got the scoring started for Marquette in the quarter and Patrick Daly followed up with one for Villanova. Each side found the back of the net six more times in the quarter to make it a 9-8 Wildcats lead heading into the half.
The two sides tied 4-4 in the third and Villanova outscored Marquette 3-2 in the fourth and final quarter to secure the victory. Two straight from Corey McManus and Keegan Khan finished the contest and sealed the deal for the Wildcats.
- The rematch of one of the best games of the season thus far did not live up to the hype as North Carolina took down High Point 27-12. Nicky Solomon and Chris Gray each had seven points (4G/3A) to lead the Tar Heels.
- Joe Robertson had an impressive 10-point (7G/3A) outing to lead Duke past Air Force 17-7.
- Despite missing 11 players, including Tehoka Nanticoke, UAlbany got hot late and took down Colgate 15-9. Freshman Camden Hay tallied six points (2G/4A) in the victory.
- In their season-opener, Notre Dame took down Robert Morris 19-7. Pat Kavanagh had nine points (2G/7A) in the win.
- The J.L. Reppert era started off with a bang at Holy Cross, as they defeated Sacred Heart 11-10 in their season-opener. A.J. Fox recorded 17 saves with a 63% save percentage in the contest.
- UMBC opened their season with a thrilling 8-7 comeback victory in overtime against Mount St. Mary’s. Mason Edwards had the game-winner of a ground ball following the opening faceoff of the overtime period.