Storm fall to Rutgers in season opener
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Declan Smartwood (#4) picked up his fifth career hat trick in the loss.
Declan Smartwood (#4) picked up his fifth career hat trick in the loss.
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Leading twelfth-ranked Rutgers 15-12 early in the fourth quarter of the squad’s season opener, the St. John's lacrosse team saw the Scarlet Knights score the final seven goals of the game en route to a 19-15 victory on a frigid Saturday afternoon at DaSilva Memorial Field.

Mike Madsen led the way offensively for St. John’s (0-1), as the junior midfielder ended the day with five points on four goals and an assist. He led the Johnnies with seven of his eight shots on goal.

Two other members of the Red Storm tallied multi-goal games, as Declan Swartwood tallied his fifth career hat trick and Chris Buscemi found the back of the net twice.

In total, 10 Johnnies tallied points in the contest, including a third quarter goal from Jonathan Huber that marked the first of the redshirt freshman’s career.

Brody Agres, a freshman from Farmingdale, minded the net for the Red Storm and recorded eight saves in 60 minutes of action.

Joseph Fitzpatrick and sophomore Colin Bosak split duties at the faceoff, as St. John's topped Rutgers at the X, 22-16. Fitzpatrick, a sophomore, won 21 of his 37 faceoffs attempts.

In what was a clean game that only saw six penalties between the two teams, Rutgers outshot the Johnnies, 45-41, and won the groundballs battle, 35-27.

The Scarlet Knights kept St. John's attack off balance at times, forcing the Johnnies into 16 turnovers, 13 of which were caused.

St. John's hits the road on Saturday to take on the University of Hartford at 1 p.m.

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