No. 6 Men’s Lacrosse dominates No. 8/9 Ohio State in Big Ten opener

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers’ No. 6 men’s lacrosse got off to a great start in the Big Ten conference, earning a dominating 18-7 win over No. 8/9 Ohio State. The Scarlet Knights improved to 9-1 on aggregate, the team’s best record in 10 games since 1956. RU picked up their fourth straight victory over the Buckeyes and third league table win this season in front of a record crowd of 4 108 spectators.

Rutgers was by Ross Scottwho registered four goals and three assists, as well as a career-high five ground balls. Mitch Bartolo also scored four goals, while Ronan Jacoby and Shane Knobloch each counted twice. Brian Cameron, Ryan Gallagher, Tommy Coyne, Nick Teresky, Eric Civetti and Zackary Franckowiak also counted the day for RU.

Jonathan Dugenio excelled on faceoff ‘X’, winning 15 of 26. Colin Kirst made 12 saves while allowing OSU, which entered the game as the nation’s seventh forward, to just seven goals.

In the first half, Rutgers went down 3-0 early. However, the Scarlet Knights defense locked in, holding OSU scoreless for the next 15 minutes and RU would dominate from there. The Scarlet Knights tied the game at 3-3, then took the lead for good at 5-4. The home side led 8-5 at halftime, then outscored the Buckeyes 10-2 in the second half.

post game quotes
“Ohio State is a good team, they’re top 10 for a reason. From start to finish, our defense was off. Jaryd Jean-Felix did an amazing job, Jonathan Dugenio did a great job face to face. When you get saves on the defense side and win the face-off battle, it helped us rally from the slow start. I like this team a lot, they are very mature, they had a great week of training and they got better every week. They did a good job coming together and playing well offensively, in transition and in the specialty unit.”

“We had a really good game plan. We had some good practices this week and we really got on top of it. It was a great team effort. We played defense well as a unit holding them down to seven goals. It’s been a great season so far, and now we’re focused on one game at a time, every week counts here in the Big Ten as we look to continue.”

Post-game notes
With victory:

  • Rutgers improves to 9-1 overall. He scored the team’s best 10-game record for the program since 1956, when the team finished with a 9–1 record.
  • It was the third time in program history that RU reached the 10-game mark with just one loss, tying the 1956 and 1955 sides (8-1-1).
  • Rutgers won its fourth straight game against Ohio State and improved to 12-3 in 15 lifetime meetings.
  • RU is 6-2 since becoming opponents Ohio State in 2015.
    • Those six wins over the Buckeyes came with OSU standings.
    • It was their fifth win against a top-10 Buckeyes team in that span.

  • Rutgers won their third game this season against ranked teams, with the victory marking the loss of their highest-ranked foe of the season.
  • The Scarlet Knights are 8-4 over the past two seasons against ranked opponents.
    • RU are now 5-4 over the past two seasons against the top 10 teams.

  • Rutgers has 30 wins against ranked teams since 2003, including 14 against top 10 teams.
  • Under Head Coach Brian BrechtRutgers have won 21 games against ranked teams.
    • 10 of them faced the top 10 teams
    • 6 of them came against Ohio State

Individual remarks

  • Ross Scott tied his career high in assists and points
  • Shane Knobloch surpassed last season’s career highs in goals and points.

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Rutgers will stay home next weekend to face Johns Hopkins. That game is Sunday night at 7 p.m., airing on Big Ten Network.

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