Jason DeBenedictis tallied a pair of goals for the Red Storm in the loss
Feb. 10, 2018
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Battling both a top-ranked opponent and Mother Nature, the St. John’s lacrosse team fell, 12-8, to No. 8/7 Rutgers on Saturday afternoon at a rainy High Point Solutions Stadium.
A 4-1 scoring advantage in the second quarter for the Scarlet Knights (2-0) proved to be the difference as the other three frames were all one-goal differentials.
The Red Storm (0-1) received goals from five-different goal scorers, with Jason DeBenedictis and Colin Duffy both recorded two-goal games.
Corey Haynes also had a multi-point outing for the Johnnies, collecting a pair of assists in the first half.
Making his St. John’s debut, Matt Hanley turned aside eight-of-20 shots while Max Edelmann stopped nine shots on 17 attempts on goal.
In the faceoff circle, Justin Corpolongo was dominant for the Johnnies by finishing 13-of-23 from the X.
Tom Stackpole, Joe Madsen, and Mike Madsen all scored their first goals of the season in the defeat.
Luke Roediger led the Red Storm with six groundballs, shattering his previous career-high of two.
Rutgers finished with a 35-26 shot advantage, including a 20-17 mark on goal.
Winning the opening draw of the season, St. John’s immediately went to work on offense as Duffy circled the net and fired one into the top corner to give the Johnnies an early 1-0 lead.
After the goal, Rutgers began to apply some pressure as the Scarlet Knights fired a quick pair of shots on goal, but Hanley was there to turn them aside.
Rutgers finally broke through following the sustained pressure as Kieran Mullins scored his first goal of the season to even the game at one apiece.
St. John’s dialed up the attack following the equalizer, firing the game’s next four shots. The Johnnies regained the lead with less than four minutes to play in the opening quarter when Stackpole ripped a shot on the short side to put the Red Storm up 2-1.
Moments later, the visitors made it 3-1 as Haynes connected with Joe Madsen on a beautiful passing play that allowed the sophomore to register his first goal of the season.
In the final minute of the first, Rutgers answered back with a goal, but St. John’s held a 3-2 lead after 15 minutes.
After Rose connected on his second goal of the game to even the score at three, the redshirt junior added his third of the afternoon to complete the hat trick and give the Scarlet Knights their first lead of the game.
The Scarlet Knights added three-straight goals in the middle of the period to push their run to five-consecutive goals and a 6-3 lead.
Haynes collected his second assist of the game with a slick pass to DeBenedictis who deposited his first goal of the season to cut the deficit to 6-4 at the halftime break.
Following a 10-5 positive shot differential in the opening quarter for the Red Storm, Rutgers took control for much of the second. The Scarlet Knights outshot the Johnnies, 13-4, in the frame to build their two-goal advantage.
Mike Madsen scored his first marker of the season on an extra-man opportunity to cut the lead down to 7-5, but Rutgers struck again on a tic-tac-toe passing play to restore its three-goal cushion with just over three minutes to play in the third quarter.
Holding possession for the final minutes of the third, St. John’s was unable to solve Edelmann and faced a three-goal climb to start the fourth.
DeBenedictis added his second goal on the afternoon with some slick moves to shake the defender and sniped one to bring the Johnnies closer.
Following an immediate answer by the Scarlet Knights, Duffy scored his second tally off a pass from Matt Oehl, cutting the score to 11-7 with four minutes to play.
Oehl added a goal late, but the Johnnies could not complete the comeback as Rutgers held on for the victory.
St. John’s will open the home portion of its schedule next Saturday as the Johnnies host Harford at 1 p.m. from DaSilva Memorial Field.