NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Jack Rutter (Madison, N.J.) factored into a career-high seven goals as the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team defeated the United States Merchant Marine Academy by a 15-12 score on Wednesday evening at Silfen Field.
The nip-and-tuck battle was close throughout, as neither team led by more than two goals until there were just five minutes remaining in regulation. Rutter, however, broke a 12-12 deadlock, which was the 11th tie of the contest, by finding the back of the net with 5:37 left in the fourth. Junior Maxx Trotsky (Marblehead, Mass.) then tallied an unassisted marker just 36 seconds later to double the margin, and Rutter provided an insurance marker by finishing a pass from senior captain PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) with 3:22 on the clock to pursue the final outcome.
Senior Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) opened the scoring at the 10:56 mark of the first quarter, but Merchant Marine (4-2) answered with back-to-back goals to create the first of eight lead changes between the schools. The evenly-matched squads continued to go back-and-forth through the second frame and found themselves knotted a 6-6 when the field lights failed directly after a Rutter man-up goal with 4:21 on the clock. The unexpected blackout at the facility prompted both teams to head to the locker rooms for an early 10-minute halftime break.
The game continued with the teams continuing to go back-and-forth for the remaining 4:21 before taking a quick two-minute break between the second and third frames with the Camels holding an 8-7 edge at the official midway point. Even though Tristan Kelehan managed to put the Mariners ahead by a 10-9 score at the 11:04 mark, the Camels came back by netting the next two and never trailed again. The hosts then eventually tallied the last three goals of the contest, which was capped by Rutter's game-high seventh point, to come away with their third win of the season.
Rutter scored six goals and added an assist to lead the way for Connecticut College, which outshot the Mariners by a 46-41 margin and had a 40-30 advantage in ground balls. Sophomore Toby Almeida (Cumblerand, R.I.) won 16 faceoffs and picked up a game-high eight ground balls, while Trotsky and Kelleher tallied three assists apiece. Senior Jameson Hill (Wilton, Conn.) picked up the victory in net by making seven saves in the second half when the game was decided.
USMMA was paced by Jack Renard's team-high five points on three goals and two assists. Liam Connors added a hat trick, and Michael Rodriguez finished with two goals and five ground balls. Zac Tilley made 13 saves between the pipes in the losing effort.
Connecticut College (3-3) returns to action on Saturday afternoon when it visits Colby for a 1 p.m. matchup.