GAME 6 - RUTGERS (2-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) vs. HOLY CROSS (2-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
Tuesday March 5, 3 p.m. RVision RU Turf Field Piscataway, N.J.
Record: 2-3, 0-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 73-61 (Ninth season)
Record at RU: 8-12 (Second season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 14
Assists: Nick DePaolera - 11
Points: Nick DePaolera - 22
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 41
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 65
Record: 2-2, 0-0 Patriot League
Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Jim Morrissey (Syracuse, ‘96)
Career Record: 9-19 (Third season)
Record at Holy Cross: 9-19 (Third season)
Goals: Clay Haarmann - 13
Assists: James Kennedy - 7
Points: Clay Haarmann - 14
GBs: Kyle Kadlick - 16
Saves: Kenny O’Connor – 26
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team continues its three-game homestand, taking on Holy Cross (2-2) on the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex. It is the fifth home game of the year for RU. The Scarlet Knights (2-3) will face the Crusaders for the first time in program history at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. The game is set to be broadcast live on RVision, presented by AT&T.
Scouting the Holy Cross Crusaders
The Crusaders come into the game with a 2-2 record on the season. The squad is coming off an 11-9 win over Sacred Heart (March 2) and also beat Hartford, 11-9 (Feb. 23). One of Holy Cross’s two losses came to BIG EAST opponent St. John’s, 11-9, on Feb. 16.
This will be the first matchup between the Scarlet Knights and the Crusaders.
Holy Cross is led offensively by Clay Haarmann, who has totaled 13 goals this season. James Kennedy has posted 11 points in 2013, including seven assists. Kenny O’Connor will be between the posts for the Crusaders, holding an 11.15 GAA and a .413 save percentage.
Scarlet Knights Drop 3OT Game to Stony Brook
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell in triple overtime to Stony Brook, 9-8, on the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex on March 2. 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.).
The Klimchak Attack
Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has been on a roll in his past three games, scoring 12 of his 14 goals this season and posting all three of his assists. He is coming off a three goal, two assist game against Stony Brook (March 2). He earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll accolades on Feb. 25. The junior attackman ranks first on the team with 14 goals and second with 17 points. He has had three-straight games with five points in 2013. He is tied for 18th in the NCAA with 2.80 goals per game.
Facing Off Among the Nation’s Best
Sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has been dominant in the faceoff circle through five games, ranking fourth in the country and first in the BIG EAST with a mark of .672 percent. The specialist is 80-119 this season, including a 21-24 performance against Manhattan in the opener.
RU in the NCAA
The Scarlet Knights rank 14th in goals per game (11.80) and 12th in points per game (19.40).
RU in the BIG EAST
In the conference, Rutgers ranks first in assists (7.40/g) and man-up goals (6). The Scarlet Knights are second in goals and points.
Junior A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) has been strong in all phases of the offense this season for RU, scoring a point in every game and five or more points in four of the five games this season. His goals and assists numbers have been identical at 11. He showed off his scoring skills against Manhattan (Feb. 10) by posting a career-high five goals. He followed that up by providing the helpers against Air Force (Feb. 16), notching a career-best five assists. Then, he tallied four goals and two assists against Wagner (Feb. 19). Against Stony Brook (March 2), he notched two goals and three assists. He leads the team in points (22) and assists. He is tied for 14th in the NCAA with 4.40 points per game.
Giving it his All-eyne
Freshman GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) recorded an impressive 19 saves in the loss to Air Force (Feb. 16) to keep the Scarlet Knights in the game. In the opener against Manhattan, he allowed just six goals. He gave up just five in the win over Wagner (Feb. 19), and tallied his second-best performance of the year with 16 saves against Stony Brook (March 2). He currently holds a 8.34 GAA, ranking him 16th in the NCAA. His 13.00 saves per game lead the BIG EAST (T-14th NCAA), while his .613 save percentage ranks second in the league (Eighth NCAA).
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