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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights move to 2-0 on the season after taking down the Marist Red Foxes 13-10 in what was an exciting, fast-paced Wednesday afternoon battle.
Colin Kirst tied his career-high of 19 saves to anchor the Scarlet Knights’ defense. On the other end, Anthony Novellano also had a career day, making 21 saves (13 in the first half) in his first career start for the Red Foxes.
Rutgers won the battle at the faceoff dot with Jonathan Dugenio going 20-for-27 (74%) and scooping up 12 ground balls.
The Scarlet Knights and Red Foxes went back and fourth the entire contest, with Rutgers leading 3-2 at the end of the first quarter and 4-3 at the half. Rutgers looked to be pulling away a bit in the third quarter, holding Marist scoreless while finding the back of the net three times.
Ross Scott got his third of the day at 7:53 mark of the third quarter to break the nearly eight minute scoring drought that engulfed the start of the second half. Ryan Sanguinetti followed up with two of his own, including a man-up goal, to help put the Scarlet Knights ahead by five heading into the final stanza.
Marist, however, would not go away. Vitto Musso scored two consecutive goals early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 10-7. Musso recorded his fourth goal of the day with 4:08 remaining to once again make it a three-goal game. A Kellen Pulera goal less than a minute later cut the Rutgers lead to two.
The Red Foxes outscored Rutgers 5-3 in the final period of play and out shot them 9-7, that includes two shots on cage in the final two minutes of play. However, Colin Kirst, who made four saves during the fourth quarter, and the Scarlet Knights defense were too much to overcome.
A Marist penalty late allowed Shane Knobloch to put the finally cherry on top with 32 seconds remaining in regulation, which all but secured the 13-10 victory for Rutgers. Ronan Jacoby and Brian Cameron, who made his debut as a Scarlet Knight on Wednesday, also found the back of the net in the fourth to help Rutgers stay ahead.
Ross Scott led the Rutgers offense with five points off three goals and two assists. Mitch Bartolo had a first-half hat trick and dished out one assists for four points on the day. He took a game-high 18 shots. Two of Bartolo’s goals came in transition as the Scarlet Knights were able to get their NASCAR transition offense up and running early on in the contest.
Vito Musso’s four goals led the way for the Red Foxes’ offense. Jamison Embury had two goals and one assist for three points on the day. Embury went out in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury and didn’t return.
Rutgers outshot Marist 63-48 and put 34 of their shots on goal while the Red Foxes put 29 shots on goal. The Scarlet Knights also won the ground ball battle 48-28 and had 13 turnovers (nine caused) to Marist’s 15 (nine caused).
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday. Rutgers travels to face St. John’s. Marist will travel to Binghamton.