Rutgers Edged by St. John's in Big East Opener

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 17, 2012) Despite the fourth hat trick of the season from senior co-captain M Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J), Rutgers was overtaken by St. John's in the final minute of play to fall in the squad's opening Big East game, 7-6.

The Scarlet Knights were led in scoring by Mangan's three points, who now has a team-leading 25 points (20 goals, five assists). First-year head coach Brian Brecht's squad dropped to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in league action with the setback. St. John's improved to 4-2 (1-1 Big East) with the result.

Mangan additionally led the RU squad in ground balls with six, also causing one turnover. He immediately started the scoring for RU with the opening goal of the game at the 14:21 mark. He was assisted on the play by freshman M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) to put Rutgers up 1-0. The senior leader scored two more goals in the initial period to secure the hat trick. Mangan's second goal was at 2:13 off an assist from redshirt sophomore M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.), and his third score came with 10 seconds left in the period off a feed from junior A Duncan Clancy (Princeton, N.J.)

In second period action, the Red Storm recorded one goal at 9:31 to set the score at 3-2 in favor of Rutgers. That would change at the last second of the half when senior A Michael Diehl (Flemington, N.J.) scored on an unassisted play to give the Scarlet Knights a 4-2 halftime lead.

Rutgers and St. John's both scored two goals apiece in the third period. The Scarlet Knights were helped by scores from senior co-captain M Nick Zerrillo (Brewerton, N.Y.) and redshirt sophomore A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J), Zerrillo's goal came at the 8:50 mark on the second helping feed of the day for Clancy. Klimchak recorded his score on the second assist of the game by Terranova to give RU a 6-3 lead. St. John's added one score to end the third period with a 6-4 Rutgers advantage.

The decisive fourth period went to the Red Storm after the visiting squad scored three times to secure the lead. Ryan Fitzgerald, Kieran McArdle and Charlie Holenstein netted the goals for St. John's, with Holenstein's game-winner coming with just two seconds left in the game.

Sophomore D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) and senior co-captain Jacob Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md.) led RU defensively with two caused turnovers each. Fradkin was second to Mangan in ground balls for Rutgers, bringing in four. Sophomore G Stevn Lusby (Severna Park, Md.) made 12 saves while allowing seven goals in the loss.

RU next heads to Notre Dame on Sunday, March 25 for its second Big East game of the year. The game at Arlotta Stadium is set to start at 1:00 p.m. CT.

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QUEENS, N.Y. (March 13, 2012) St. John's (4-2, 1-1) had trouble finding the net all day long against Rutgers (4-4, 0-1) but was able to convert when it mattered most, as the Red Storm scored two goals in the last 18 seconds to capture a 7-6 Big East victory in Piscataway, N.J.

Charlie Holenstein notched the game-winner with two seconds left on the clock off a nice find from Kevin Cernuto. Kieran McArdle had scored seconds earlier following a St. John's timeout that set up the game tying opportunity.

Will Mangan was the high scorer with three goals for the Scarlet Knights. St. John's outshot Rutgers 34-to-24 and won 10 of 16 faceoffs.

The Scarlet Knights defense did an excellent job containing the Red Storm attack throughout the day as midfielders Ryan Fitzgerald and Alex Lagodich carried the offensive load early on with two goals apiece. In the low scoring game, there were a couple instances where Rutgers had chances to extend leads but was turned away on the doorstep by Tewaaraton Award Watch List member Jeff Lowman. Lowman finished the day with 12 saves.

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