Saturday Recap: Rutgers and Michigan Earn Bounce-Back Wins, Virginia Holds off Robert Morris

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A week after getting blown out against Maryland in the second half, the Rutgers Scarlet Knight bounced back and defeated the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 15-9 on the road.

The Blue Jays’ offense, which saw Garrett Degnon and Connor DeSimone combine for five goals and eight points, should continual improvement in the first half. After seeing things tied at 2 to end the first, Johns Hopkins outpaced Rutgers 5-3 in the second quarter to pull ahead 7-5 heading into the half.

Two straight from Degnon and Simone helped the Blue Jays pull further ahead late in the second, but an Adam Charlambides goal with 1:24 left in the half helped pull Rutgers back within two at the half.

That Charlambides goal late in the second gave the Scarlet Knights the spark that they needed in the third with Kieran Mullins making it a one-goal game early in the second half. Mullins scored again late in the quarter to tie things up. And while Degnon was able to put Hopkins back ahead by one with just under two minutes left in the third, Jonathan Dugenio made it a tie ball game once again as he found the back of the net less than a minute later.

Rutgers’ offense continued to pick up the pace and the defense clamped down hard in the fourth quarter, as the Scarlet Knights outscored the Blue jays 7-1. They ended the game on a five-goal run to get them to 15 and secure the win.

Kieran Mullins had five goals and three assists to lead Rutgers with eight points. Adam Charlambides and Connor Kirst each had a hat trick and ended the day with five and four points, respectively. Colin Kirst anchored the Rutgers defense with a 12-save performance.

Michigan Tops Penn State

The Penn State Nittany Lions have collected their third loss of the season for the first time since 2018, as they fell to the Michigan Wolverines 14-12 on Saturday afternoon.

A career-high 17-save performance from John Kiracofe and a five-goal performance from Bryce Clay paced the Wolverines on both ends of the field. Josh Zawada also had four goals and one assist in the contest and Nick Rowlett went 17-for-28 (61%) at the faceoff dot.

Mac O’Keefe led the Nittany Lions with three goals and one assist while Colby Kneese made 11 saves in cage.

In what was very much a game of runs, Penn State pulled out to an early 2-0 lead before Michigan four straight to take a 4-2 lead midway through the first. However, a five-goal Penn State run helped them tie things at 4 to end the first and take a narrow 7-6 lead heading into the half.

Michigan got two consecutive goals in the final 2:30 of the second quarter from Josh Zawada and Bryce Clay to make it a one-goal game at the half. That small, two-goal run helped provide a spark for Michigan heading into the second half, as they outscored the Nittany Lions 5-2 in the third alone (7-2 from the 2:30 mark in the second).

While Penn State was able to cut the Michigan lead to 11-10 early in the fourth, the Wolverines continued to answer and counter each and every Penn State goal in the final quarter and stay ahead. Bryce Clay scored the final goal of the contest to secure the Wolverines’ first win of the season.

Maryland Beats Ohio State, Stays Undefeated

The Maryland Terrapins stay undefeated as they took down the Ohio State Buckeyes 16-8 on Saturday afternoon.

Maryland continued to show their talent and depth with seven players finding the back of the net and 10 players registering at least a point in the victory. Logan Wisnauskas led the Terrapins with seven points (4G/3A) while Jared Bernhardt had three goals and two assists for five points and Daniel Maltz netted four goals.

Jack Myers put up four goals and two assists for six points to lead the Buckeyes’ offense. Justin Inacio went 19-for-27 (70%) at the faceoff dot.

Maryland pulled out to a 7-1 lead with 8:09 in the second quarter and was able to head into the half with an 8-3 lead. And while a three-goal Ohio State run was able to cut the Maryland lead to 8-6 midway through the third, the Terrapins stepped on the gas and ran away with things down the stretch. Maryland outscored Ohio State 6-1 in the fourth to pull away and secure the victory.

Virginia Holds off Robert Morris

After seeing Virginia take a 7-4 lead at the half a 9-5 lead early in the third, the Robert Morris Colonials woke up and put together one heck of an effort down the stretch. The Colonials put together a three-goal run midway through the third to cut the Virginia lead to 9-8. After each side found the back of the net in the final minutes of the quarter, the Cavaliers held just a 10-9 lead heading into the final stanza.

Corson Kealy tied things up at 10 early in the fourth for the Colonials, but just when it seemed Robert Morris had the energy and opportunity to possibly force an upset Virginia came roaring back. The Cavaliers put away four straight, which included a long pole goal from Scott Bower, to take a 14-10 lead and essentially put this one to bed. Jimmy Perkins scored the final two goals of the game for Robert Morris.

Payton Cormier and Dox Aitken came up huge for the Cavaliers in the contest Cormier had five goals and one assist while Aitken had his best game of the season with a hat trick. Alex Rode made 15 saves in cage. Petey LaSalla went 23-for-28 (82%) at the faceoff dot.

Ryan Smith had three goals and two assists while Corson Kealey and Jimmy Perkins each had a hat trick.

Delaware Edges Towson in Overtime

After finding themselves down 7-3 at the end of the first quarter and 9-5 at the half, the Delaware Blue Hens were able to put together two monumental runs in the second half to come back and force overtime, and come away with a hard-fought, well-earned victory.

Delaware scored four straight from the 9:53 mark in the third through the 13:50 mark in the fourth to make it a 10-9 game. Following two straight from Towson to answer, the Blue Hens scored three straight, including two from Cam Acchione, to tie things up and force overtime. Following Charlie Kitchen’s overtime-forcing goal, Tye Kurtz scored the game-winner.

Kitchen led Delaware with three goals and two assists while Kurtz had one goal and two assists. Matt Kilkeary made 11 saves.

James Avanzanto led Towson with five points (2G/3A) while Andrew Milani had three goals. Shane Santora went 14-for-28 (50%) at the faceoff dot.

Georgetown Best Providence in Bounce-Back Game

After falling to Denver on the road on Tuesday afternoon, the Georgetown Hoyas bounced back on Saturday afternoon with a 14-9 victory over the Providence Friars.

Whole The Hoyas held just a three-goal, 9-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter, they were able to step on the gas down the stretch to pull away and secure five-goal conference victory. Georgetown got the final quarter started with three straight, including two from Graham Bundy Jr., and added two more late in the contest to officially secure the win.

Bundy Jr. led the Hoyas with with a career-high four goals while TJ Haley dished out six assists. Jake Carraway had a hat trick.

Toby Burgdorf made a career-high 20 saves to anchor the Providence defense.

Other Scores

  • UMass moved to 2-0 on the season, beating Drexel 13-7. The Minutemen used a four-goal fourth quarter run to seal the deal.
  • Ryan Lanchbury put up a SoCon-best 12 points (3G/9A) and Richie Connell had seven goals to lead Richmond past Bellarmine 17-5.
  • Chase Scanlan scored seven goals in a 15-6 Syracuse win over Holy Cross.
  • Chris Gray had eight points (2G/6A) in North Carolina’s 15-5 win over Air Force.
  • Tehoka Nanticoke put up nine points (6G/3A) in UAlbany’s 19-7 won over Binghamton.
  • Brendan Krebs made 15 saves in Manhattan’s 11-7 win over Detroit Mercy.
  • Will Mark had 19 saves and Richie Lacalandra put up seven points as LIU topped Sacred Heart 19-8.

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