NOTRE DAME, Ind. — A career-high four goals from Sean Rogers helped No. 6 Notre Dame open Big East play with a 12-9 win against Rutgers on Sunday. The Fighting Irish have won five consecutive games.
Notre Dame (6-1, 1-0) scored six of the game’s first seven goals and never trailed in the contest. The Irish grabbed a 1-0 lead a little more than minute into the game on a goal from Jim Marlatt, who had two goals and an assist on the afternoon. A Pat Cotter tally made it 2-0 with 8:16 left in the opening quarter.
Rutgers (4-5, 0-2) got on the scoreboard with a goal from Will Mangan at the 6:33 mark of the first period. Mangan was one of four Scarlet Knights with two goals on the day.
The Fighting Irish rattled off four consecutive goals to build their lead to five (6-1) with a little more than 11 minutes remaining in the opening half. Scoring goals during the surge were Liam O’Connor, Steve Murphy, Eric Keppeler and Ryan Foley, who also had two assists in the game.
Rutgers sliced the Irish advantage to three (6-3) with tallies from Michael Diehl and Mangan. Diehl had two goals in the game.
Notre Dame’s Will Corrigan netted his first-career goal with 5:23 left in the first half to push the Notre Dame lead back to four (7-3). Corrigan also had an assist in the contest. The Scarlet Knight then got goals less than a minute apart from Zachary Zenda and Nick DePaolera making the score 7-5 at halftime.
The Rutgers run continued on a Scott Klimchak goal less than two minutes into the second half to make it a one-goal affair (7-6).
Rogers responded for the Irish as he negated a clearing attempt by the Scarlet Knights by picking off a pass and scored without Rutgers goalie Steven Lusby between the pipes. Notre Dame led 8-6 with 10:22 left in the third quarter.
The back-and-forth game continued as Klimchak sent home his second goal of the day to trim the Irish lead back to one (8-7) with 5:25 remaining in the third period. Following a man-up goal from Rogers, DePaolera scored with just 16 seconds left in the third quarter to make it a 9-8 contest after three periods of play.
A 3-0 Notre Dame run in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach for Rutgers. The spurt began on Marlatt’s second goal of the game with 13:27 left in regulation.
Consecutive goals from Rogers extended the Irish lead to four (12-8) with a little more than three minutes remaining. A goal from Diehl finished the scoring.
Rogers is the first Notre Dame player with four goals in a game since 2010.
The 12 goals were a season-high total for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame outshot Rutgers 41-30 and the Irish also won the faceoff battle, 14-11. O’Connor was 9-for-18 in faceoffs, while Nick Ossello was 5-for-7.
John Kemp made seven saves for the Irish to improve his record to 6-1. Lusby had 13 stops for Rutgers.