PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 23, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell to UMBC, 11-7, in Baltimore, Md., Saturday. The Scarlet Knights were led by a career-high tying five goals from junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.). It marked Klimchak’s second-straight five-point performance following his four goal, one assist output in the win over Wagner (Feb. 19).
Rutgers moved to 2-2 on the season and 9-7 all time against the Retrievers. UMBC is now 1-1 overall. The Scarlet Knights held a 40-35 advantage in shots, while also collecting 28 groundballs to the Retrievers’ 20. In the faceoff circle, Rutgers was 13-21 with all of the wins coming from sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.).
RU scored the first two goals of the game as junior M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) and Klimchak each put the ball in the net in the first 4:11 of the contest. The Retrievers answered with two of their own to tie the game heading into the second quarter.
After an early UMBC goal in the second quarter, Klimchak found the back of the net again with 4:09 remaining in the half to tie the game, 3-3, heading into the break.
The Retrievers notched the first two goals of the second half to take a 5-3 lead with 9:56 on the clock in the third period. Klimchak continued his strong offensive play, cutting the lead to 5-4 at the 4:46 minute mark, but three late scores by UMBC gave the Retrievers an 8-4 lead heading into the final quarter.
UMBC posted the first point of the third, but two goals from Klimchak, including one man-up goal, and a score from freshman M Jacob Coretti (E. Grand Rapids, Mich.), who also notched an assist in the opening quarter, brought RU within two at 9-7. The Retrievers would score the final two goals, though, to hold off the Scarlet Knights.
Freshman A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) set a new career-best with three points, tallying three assists in the contest. In all, three Scarlet Knights scored goals, three had multi-point games and seven posted at least one point.
Rutgers next returns home to take on Stony Brook Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex.
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