GAME 14 - RUTGERS (5-8) vs. MICHIGAN (1-11)
Saturday April 21 7 p.m. Yurcak Field Piscataway, N.J.
SCARLET KNIGHTS VS. WOLVERINES
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team hosts Michigan on Saturday, April 21 in the final home game of the 2012 season, celebrating Senior Night and Alumni Appreciation Day. The 7 p.m. contest at Yurcak Field, broadcast live on RVision, presented by AT&T, matches the Scarlet Knights (5-8) against the 1-11 Wolverines. RU has dropped results to ranked opponents in three-straight games: at home vs. Villanova, at Princeton and against Syracuse at the ESPNU Warrior Classic in Charlotte, N.C. Michigan is in its first year of Division I competition, formerly competing at the club level.
Senior Night and Alumni Appreciation day
Fans are encouraged to be in their seats at Yurcak Field early on Saturday, April 21 as the Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse 2012 Senior Class will be recognized at 6:40 p.m. Additionally, the 1972 Scarlet Knights - RU’s first NCAA tournament team - will be honored during halftime.
LAST TIME OUT - No. 13 SYRACUSE 19, RUTGERS 6
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 13 Syracuse by a score 19-6 inside American Legion Memorial Stadium on April 14. The nationally televised BIG EAST game was part of the ESPNU Warrior Classic, with the Scarlet Knights making their second-straight appearance in the event. Rutgers was led by freshman M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.), who tied his career-high with three points off two goals and one assist. Goss earned his first nod from the league for his performance, as he was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, April 16. Scoring plays for the Scarlet Knights were executed by Goss, sophomore A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.), senior co-captain M Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J), senior A Kevin Hover (Belle Mead, N.J.) and redshirt sophomore M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.).
RUTGERS vs. MICHGIAN SERIES HISTORY
Rutgers matches up against Michigan for the first time in program history on Saturday, April 21. The Wolverines are in their first season of competition at the Division I level after their ascent from club team status. UM will compete as a full-fledged member of the ECAC in 2013 after playing as an affiliate member this season. Rutgers was a member of the ECAC from 2000-09.
Scouting the MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
Michigan (1-11) has dropped six-straight matches in its initial season of Division I status, including a 15-8 setback against No. 8 Loyola (Md.). The Wolverine’s lone victory in 2012 came against Mercer, 14-4, on March 4 in Jacksonville, Fla. The outcome has been UM’s only double-digit goal performance.
Attackman Trevor Yealy leads the Wolverines with 23 points off 22 goals and one assist this season. Midfielder Thomas Paras follows him with 22 points (15 goals, seven assists). Fellow midfield players Alex Vasileff and Willie Steenland both have totaled 20 points.
At defense, UM features a back line of Rob Healy, Dakota Sherman and J.D. Johnson. The latter Wolverine leads the squad with 14 caused 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 13 games, Mangan leads the Scarlet Knights with 35 points coming from a team-best 26 goals and nine assists. He has recorded at least two points in 11 of 13 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 13 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. Goss made the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after he recorded a total of four points in games at No. 15 Princeton (April 10) and against No. 13 Syracuse (April 14), scoring three goals and adding one assist.
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.