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No. 13/14 Rutgers defeats No. 5/6 Loyola with dominant third period



Shane Knobloch had a monster performance for the Scarlet Knights. Photo credit Rutgers Athletics

No. 13/14 Rutgers men’s lacrosse responded in a big way on Saturday after a one goal loss at Army last weekend. They upset No. 5/6 Loyola Maryland by the score of 10-6, on Saturday afternoon at SHI Stadium. It was a massive win considering the Greyhounds had beaten then No. 1 Maryland and then No. 9 Johns Hopkins by five goals apiece to start the season. It was a huge non-conference win for RU’s postseason resume. The Scarlet Knights improve to 3-1 on the season after their first ranked victory of the 2023 campaign.

After being tied 4-4 at the half, Rutgers dominated the third period with five straight goals. Each score was made by a different player. However, Shane Knobloch was involved in four of those goals, scoring once and assisting on three others. He finished with a career high seven points with three goals and four assists.

The scoring attack included a hat trick from Dante Kulas, two goals and an assist from Brian Cameron as well as a goal apiece from Ross Scott and Jack Aimone.

The Scarlet Knights outshot Loyola 40-35 overall and 24-22 in shots on goal. Goalkeeper Kyle Mullin made 16 saves in denying just under 73% of the shots taken by the Greyhounds.

While it was an even split on face-offs at 10-10, Rutgers was a perfect 25 of 25 on clears and committed just 11 turnovers. First Team All-American, Long-stick midfielder Ethan Rall, caused two turnovers and is now tied for second all-time in program history. Rall also had three ground balls in the game.

Rutgers will next host a midweek game against St. John’s on Tuesday, February 28 at 3 p.m. ET. They’ll then host RV Utah Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. ET at SHI Stadium.

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  1. pj43

    February 26, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    Nice win against a ranked opponent early in the season will hopefully bode well for the start of the Big Ten season. Yet another reason to open the wallet and subscribe to BTN+.

    • Biochemist01

      February 27, 2023 at 3:23 am

      Yes, this team is good. Maybe not as good as last year yet but close. Let’s wait and see. This is a big win.

  2. Biochemist01

    February 27, 2023 at 3:21 am

    Got to watch this game. Both goalies were on fire. Kudos to Kyle Mullin (RU) and Luke Staudt (Loyola). Both defenses played very well. RU had more offensive firepower. Dante Kulas had a great game and we saw the re-emergence of Shane Knoblach. Cameron and Ross pitched in too. Dugenio went 10-20 on FOs. Huge win for RU after the tough loss to Army.

    I love this rivalry. I hope that this game gets played every season. Loyola is a top tier program.

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