GAME 13 - RUTGERS (5-7, 1-3 BIG EAST) vs. No. 13 SYRACUSE (5-5, 2-1 BIG EAST)
Saturday April 14 11 a.m. ESPNU American Legion Memorial Stadium Charlotte, N.C.
FACING OFF – SCARLET KNIGHTS VS. ORANGE
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team is set to take part in the ESPNU Warrior Classic in Charlotte, N.C. The 11 a.m. game inside American Legion Memorial Stadium matches the Scarlet Knights (5-7, 1-3 BIG EAST) against No. 13 Syracuse (5-5, 2-1 BIG EAST). Both squads enter the nationally televised (ESPNU/ESPN3) contest looking to bounce back after recent setbacks on Tuesday, April 10. RU fell at No. 15 Princeton by a score of 13-4, while the Orange were defeated at No. 5 Cornell, 12-6.
LAST TIME OUT - No. 15 PRINCETON 13, Rutgers 4
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team was unable to match No. 15 Princeton on Tuesday, April 10 inside Class of 1952 Stadium, falling by a score of 13-4. The Scarlet Knights saw scoring plays executed by senior co-captain M Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J), redshirt sophomore M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.), freshman M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and sophomore M Joseph Stottler (Wantagh, N.J.). RU dropped to 5-7 overall with the result, while Princeton improved to 7-3 overall. Mangan, RU’s scoring leader, netted his 25th goal of the season to give the Scarlet Knights their first point, setting the score at 3-1 with 7:27 left in the second period. Rutgers battled Princeton up and down the field in the first half, yielding a 4-1 advantage to the Tigers at the break.
RUTGERS vs. SYRACUSE SERIES HISTORY
Rutgers holds an all-time series record of 9-39 against Syracuse, with the Scarlet Knights’ latest victory over the Orange coming in 2004 by a score of 14-10. RU has faced SU a total of 48 times, including twice in both 1984 and 1986 when Rutgers took on Syracuse in the regular season and in the NCAA tournament. In recent history, the Orange took a 12-2 result over the Scarlet Knights at Syracuse last season.
Scouting the SYRACUSE ORANGE
Syracuse (5-5, 2-1 BIG EAST) enters Saturday’s game inside American Legion Memorial Stadium ranked as high as 13th in the country, according to the USILA Coaches poll. SU dropped its most recent game to No. 5 Cornell by a score of 12-6.
SU is keyed offensively by attackman Tommy Palasek, who has recorded 15 goals and 14 assists to lead the Orange with 29 points. Also in attack is Derek Maltz, who has been Syracuse’s goal-scoring leader thus far, netting 16 goals with six assists. Midfielder JoJo Marasco has notched 12 assists to rank second on the squad.
Defensively, the Orange are anchored by defenseman Brian Megill, who has totaled 28 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers this season. Matt Harris has also pitched in on defense, scooping a team-leading 32 ground balls while causing 13 turnovers.
Tewaaraton adds Mangan
Rutgers men’s lacrosse fans have known senior co-captain M Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J.) is a special player. The Tewaaraton Award Selection Committee also thinks so, officially adding Mangan to its 2012 watch list for the award given annually to the top lacrosse player in the country. Through 12 games, Mangan leads the Scarlet Knights with 33 points coming from a team-best 25 goals and eight assists. He has recorded at least two points in 10 of 12 games in the 2012 season, along with four hat tricks. Mangan’s place as a focal point of the RU offense is cemented by his team-leading 92 shots taken. He has been crucial in the possession aspect of the game, scooping 38 ground balls to rank second on the team. Mangan was named to the Feb. 27 edition of the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. He was honored as the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week on March 19 after scoring hat tricks (seven total points) against Marist (March 13) and St. John’s (March 17).
TIP OF THE HAT
Senior co-captain M Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J.), redshirt sophomore A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) and senior M Michael Diehl (Flemington, N.J.) have combined to score Rutgers’ seven hat tricks this season. Mangan has scored four of the triples, with his latest effort netting him three points in the 7-6 setback vs. St. John’s. He scored the opening three goals of the game in succession for the natural hat trick. Mangan scored four points (three goals, one assist) in the 10-9 victory over Marist (March 13). His first came in the 11-10 win vs. Air Force (Feb. 19) inside the Carrier Dome and the second in the very next game, the 9-5 win at Wagner (Feb. 21). Mangan’s overall output against the Seahawks included two assists to bring his point total to five for the game, which is tied for the team’s individual game high this season.
Klimchak scored his first hat trick and tied for the team’s individual game high with five total points off a three-goal, two-assist performance in the victory over the Falcons inside the Carrier Dome. His efforts at Providence (March 25) netted him four goals, including the game-winner, to lead RU past PC in overtime, 8-7. He earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on April 2 for his work against the Friars.
Diehl scored the second hat trick of his career with a four-goal outing vs. No. 13 Villanova (April 7). Three of his scores came on unassisted efforts. Diehl was named to the BIG EAST’s Weekly Honor Roll (April 9) for his performance.
TRUE FRESHMAN MAKES IMPACT
Rutgers’ starting lineup through the 12 games thus far this season has been bolstered by the presence of freshman M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.). The first-year competitor for RU scored a goal and assisted another in his Rutgers debut at No. 2 Duke (Feb. 11) and again against Air Force (Feb. 19). Goss netted three points (one goal, two assists) vs. Lafayette, which tied him for the team-lead. His efforts against Army (March 6) landed him two goals in the game.
Amongst his teammates, Goss is in good company for true freshmen who started a season opener. Sophomore D Nicholas Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) started the 2011 opener vs. Wagner. Junior G Rudy Butler (Belle Mead, N.J.) got the starting nod to begin the season at Wagner in 2010. Seniors Michael Diehl (Flemington, N.J.), Kevin Hover (Belle Mead, N.J.) and Jacob Fradkin (Brooklandville, Md.) started vs. Villanova to kick off 2009.