PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 19, 2013) – In its best scoring output since 2010, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team downed Wagner, 20-10, on the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights (2-1) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and wouldn’t look back.
“I’m proud of how the guys responded after a tough loss and quick turnaround,” said second-year head coach Brian Brecht. “I thought our older guys did a good job getting us going on the offensive end and I was pleased with all of the experience our young guys got today. We still need to put a whole game together for 60 minutes, but today was a step in the right direction.”
RU was led by six points (4 goals, 2 assists) from junior A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.), five points (4 goals, 1 assist) from junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) and four points (3 goals, 1 assist) from sophomore M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.).
DePaolera’s six points are a new career-high, with his previous high of five coming in the first two contests of 2013. Goss’ four points and three goals were both career-bests.
Rutgers improved to 2-1 on the season and 5-0 all-time against the Seahawks (0-2). The Scarlet Knights scored 20 goals, its most since tallying 24 in a win over Wagner on Feb. 21, 2010. RU had an impressive offensive charge, notching a 48-28 shot advantage over Wagner and sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) held a 19-29 (.655 percent) mark in the faceoff circle.
The Scarlet Knights scored the first six goals of the contest, including four from Klimchak and two from DePaolera, in the opening period. Senior A Duncan Clancy (Princeton, N.J.) assisted on two of those goals.
The Seahawks scored the next three to cut the lead to 6-3, but RU responded by netting seven of the next eight goals between the second and third periods, with three coming from Goss and both of DePaolera’s assists coming in that time. RU led 14-5 heading into the final quarter.
Six goals went on the board for Rutgers in the fourth period, including two by freshman M Danny Plant (Huntington, N.Y.). The Scarlet Knights led by as many as 13 (20-7) before Wagner scored the game’s final three tallies.
Juniors A Kyle Robinson (Jersey City, N.J.) and M Ryan Scott (Easton, Pa.) also recorded multi-point games with one goal and one assist each. In all, 11 Scarlet Knights scored goals and 13 RU players earned at least one point.
Rutgers next travels to UMBC in Baltimore, Md., to take on the Retrievers Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.
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