GAME 15 - RUTGERS (6-8, 1-4 BIG EAST) at GEORGETOWN (6-6, 2-3 BIG EAST)
Friday April 27 Verizon Fios1 7 p.m. Multi-Sport Field Washington, D.C.
FACING OFF – SCARLET KNIGHTS AT HOYAS
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team finishes the 2012 regular season at BIG EAST opponent Georgetown on Friday, April 27. The 7 p.m. matchup at Multi-Sport Field is set to be broadcast on Verizon Fios1 (simulcast on GUHoyas.com) with the Scarlet Knights (6-8, 1-4 BIG EAST) and the Hoyas (6-6, 2-3 BIG EAST) both looking for their seventh win of the season. The two squads each tasted victory on Saturday, April 21. RU won its game against Michigan by a score of 13-9 on Senior Night. GU took a 10-8 win at No. 15 Syracuse.
LAST TIME OUT - RUTGERS 13, MICHIGAN 9
Led by a career-high five goals and six total points by redshirt sophomore A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team bested Michigan, 13-9, Saturday at Yurcak Field. Senior A Kevin Hover (Belle Mead, N.J.) added his first hat trick of the season with three goals and one assist, as the Scarlet Knights (6-8) earned the win on Senior Night. Rutgers found itself tied with the Wolverines (1-12) at 9-9 with 8:25 to go in the evening contest. RU found its offensive groove in the fourth period, pouring in four unanswered goals to close out the victory. Freshman A Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) scored his second point of the game with 7:29 left, then Klimchak netted his fourth and fifth goals off feeds from sophomore A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.), who finished with four points from four assists. Senior A Jonathan Lefferts (Moorestown, N.J.) scored his first goal of the season on Hover’s assist to set the final score of 13-9.
RUTGERS vs. GEORGETOWN SERIES HISTORY
Rutgers heads to Washington seeking its first victory over Georgetown. The Scarlet Knights have dropped 13 contests to the Hoyas, starting with the two programs’ first meeting in 1999. Last season, Georgetown escaped Piscataway with a 12-9 result. The Scarlet Knights fell in their last visit to GU by a score of 14-9 in 2010.
Scouting the GEORGETOWN HOYAS
Georgetown (6-6, 2-3 BIG EAST) enters the RU-GU matchup fresh off a 10-8 win at No. 15 Syracuse. Junior attackman Brian Casey scored three goals and added one assist to lead the Hoyas over the Orange. Senior goalie Matt Winter was big for GU, making 12 saves to keep out the Orange’s tough offensive attack.
Casey leads Georgetown with 31 points in 2012, who is followed by Zac Guy’s 25. Teammates Zack Angel, Travis Comeau and Jason McFadden are tied behind Guy with 21 points each.
Defensively, the Hoyas are anchored by Winter between the pipes. He has allowed 96 goals in 2012, while making 105 saves for a .522 save percentage. Defesemen Chris Nourse and Michael Morris have recorded 19 and 17 caused turnovers this season, respectively.
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 believed so, adding Mangan to its 2012 watch list for the award given annually to the top lacrosse player in the country. Through 14 games, Mangan leads the Scarlet Knights with 36 points coming from a team-best 27 goals and nine assists. He has recorded at least two points in 11 of 14 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 105 shots taken. He has been crucial in the possession aspect of the game, scooping 44 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.), senior M Michael Diehl (Flemington, N.J.) and senior A Kevin Hover (Belle Mead, N.J.) have combined to score Rutgers’ nine 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. Klimchak’s Senior Night efforts against Michigan (April 21) netted him five goals and six points for his third hat trick of 2012 and sixth of his career. RU defeated the Wolverines 13-9.
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.
Hover used the last game of his career at Yurcak Field to his advantage, scoring three goals and adding one assist. His first hat trick of 2012 helped turn away the Wolverines.
TRUE FRESHMAN MAKES IMPACT
Rutgers’ starting lineup through the 14 games thus far this season has been bolstered by the presence of freshman M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.). He has scored points towards RU’s overall efforts in 10 contests this season. The first-year competitor scored one 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. Goss scored one goal and one assist in the 13-9 victory over Michigan (April 21).
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.