Leopards Stumble at Rutgers 9-6
March 3, 2012
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -
Lafayette dropped a 9-6 non-conference decision to Rutgers on Saturday at the RU Turf Field. The Leopards fell to 2-2 despite two goals each from Greg Allis and Doug Prusoff.
Lafayette got on the board first when Allis beat Rutgers goalkeeper Rudy Butler six minutes into the game. Allis’ tally was his sixth of the season.
Rutgers controlled the action for the rest of the period and had a 4-1 lead after the first quarter of play. The Scarlet Knights tied the game when Will Mangan took a pass from Nick DePaolero and beat Lafayette goalie Andrijko Andrusko at the 7:53 mark.
A little more than two minutes after Mangan’s score, Michael Diehl put the home team ahead with an unassisted score. Duncan Clancy and Brian Gross added onto the lead for Rutgers to increase the cushion to three. Gross’ tally came with seven seconds to play in the quarter and was assisted by Diehl.
The Leopards recorded the only goal of the second quarter when Doug Prusoff found the back of the cage at 10:33 to cut the deficit in half as Rutgers took a 4-2 lead into the break.
Nicholas Zerillo opened the third quarter scoring at 9:33 to increase the Rutgers lead to 5-2. Three minutes later, Allis then hooked up with sophomore Jake Mann to pull Lafayette within two.
The Scarlet Knights responded with a goal from Scott Klimchak, assisted by Diehl at 2:57 before Brian Bock capitalized on a man-up goal with 33 seconds to play in the quarter to make it a 6-4 game.
Klimchak added another goal prior to Prusoff scoring his second of the game for Lafayette with 7:55 to play. The Scarlet Knights then added two goals over the next four minutes to go ahead 9-5. Allis added a late marker for the Maroon and White to run the final score to 9-6.
Andrusko totaled 11 saves in the Lafayette cage while Butler made eight stops for Rutgers. Rutgers held the edge in ground balls (23-16) and won 14-of-17 faceoffs while Lafayette forced 15 turnovers and gave the ball away nine times.
Lafayette returns to action on Saturday, March 10, when it opens Patriot League play against Navy at 12 p.m. at Rappolt Field.