PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 2, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell in triple overtime to Stony Brook, 9-8, on the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex, Saturday. The Scarlet Knights were led by three goals and two assists from junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) and two goals and three assists from classmate Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.).
RU moved to 2-3 on the season, while Stony Brook improved to 3-2. Rutgers is now 5-2 all-time against the Seawolves. Freshman GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) tallied 16 saves against 39 shots, while sophomore FO Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) notched 13 faceoff wins in 22 tries. This was the first overtime game for the Scarlet Knights since earning an 8-7 win over Providence in the first overtime on March 31, 2012.
Junior M Benjamin Schwing (Medford, N.J.) recorded two man-up goals and Nardella totaled one score. Nardella collected 11 groundballs, just one shy of his career-high.
Stony Brook held a 3-1 advantage after the first quarter, but Rutgers notched three straight goals to begin the second stanza to take a 4-3 lead, including a man-up goal from Schwing. Following another goal from the Seawolves, Schwing netted his second man-up goal of the game with 1:46 remaining in the half to give the Scarlet Knights a 5-4 lead at the break.
Following two Stony Brook scores to start the third, Klimchak and Nardella found the back of the net to maintain a one-goal lead, 7-6, heading into the fourth quarter.
The Seawolves took an 8-7 lead with 5:35 remaining. Down by one, Klimchak again came through for the Scarlet Knights to keep the game alive by scoring with just 43 seconds remaining in the final period of regulation.
After two scoreless overtime periods, Stony Brook closed out the game with a goal by Brody Eastwood with just 40 seconds on the clock.
DePaolera notched his fourth game with five or more points this season, while Klimchak recorded his third game with five points in 2013.
Rutgers is next in action at home on Tuesday, March 5 taking on Holy Cross at 3 p.m. on the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex.
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