No. 18 Rutgers Men's Lacrosse Falls to Princeton
March 14, 2016
PRINCETON, N.J. - No. 18 Rutgers men's lacrosse (5-2) was unable to capture a road win against an in-state rival Monday night, falling 10-7 to Princeton on a rainy night at the Class of 1952 Stadium. Rutgers outshot Princeton 41-28, but Tyler Blaisdell made 14 saves in the victory. RU held a 40-31 advantage on ground balls and was 13-of-21 on faceoffs.
"I'm disappointed tonight," head coach Brian Brecht said. "We out ground balled them. We outshot them. I thought our focus has been great. It was just a lack of execution tonight. We need to do a better job executing within our systems. We'll take a step back, regroup, and continue to develop."
The first quarter was low scoring, with just one tally. Princeton scored the game's first goal nine minutes in, and led after 15 minutes. Rutgers had five shots on goal, including some high-quality looks in front, but was unable to crack the scoring column.
In the second quarter, Rutgers took advantage of their extra-man opportunities, scoring twice on the EMO. Christian Trasolini scored RU's first goal of the game at the 9:44 mark of the second quarter, firing a laser into the top corner. Princeton answered back however, scoring just 18 seconds later.
Rutgers evened the score again, with Ryan Hollingsworth dunking in a feed from Scott Bieda to make the score 2-2 heading into halftime. Rutgers had a number of high-quality looks in the first half, but Princeton made eight saves to keep the game at 2-2.
The Tigers started the second half off hot, running off a string of four straight goals. The home squad scored four times in the first 3:10 of the stanza, going in front 6-2.
Rutgers mounted a comeback with the next two goals. Zack Sikora tallied in transition with just over two minutes left, and then freshman Josh Jordan scored in the final minute of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 6-4.
As the fourth quarter started, Princeton won the faceoff, went down and scored just nine seconds into the fourth. They extended that lead to 8-4 before Bieda put home a rebound for Rutgers' first goal of the final quarter.
Christian Mazzone added two goals late, but it was not enough and Princeton held on for the victory.
Next up for Rutgers is a game Friday night against NJIT. The Scarlet Knights will host the Highlanders at 7 p.m.
Scott Bieda extended his point scoring streak to 26 games and his goal scoring streak to 14 games.
Bieda has now had a multi-point game in 10 straight games.
Christian Mazzone had two goals, his second career multi-goal game (previously three goals versus Monmouth).
Alex Schoen had a career-high 10 ground balls and was 13-of-19 on faceoffs.
Kris Alleyne made nine saves, but took the loss.
Michael Rexrode led RU with two caused turnovers.
Rutgers was 2-of-5 on extra-man opportunities. They were previously 2-of-15 in the first six games.
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