PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 5, 2013) – In a tightly-contested matchup, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team dropped a 9-8 decision to Holy Cross on the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex, Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights were led by four points, all goals, from junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.). Freshman A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) added three points on one goal and two assists.
Overall, five Rutgers players scored goals and six tallied at least one point.
The Scarlet Knights, led by second-year head coach Brian Brecht, moved to 2-4 on the season, while Holy Cross improved to 3-2 in the non-conference matchup. This was the first game between the two teams in program history. RU collected 31 groundballs to Holy Cross’s 26 and sophomore FO Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) recorded a 15-of-21 (.714) performance in the faceoff circle.
Klimchak continued his hot streak, totaling four or more points for the fourth time this season, all coming in the last four games. Junior D Anthony Parrilla (Wyckoff, N.J.) tied his career-high with three caused turnovers in the game, a season-high for any RU player in 2013.
Rutgers started off strong, scoring the first four goals of the game, all from different players. Freshman M Jacob Coretti (E. Grand Rapids, Mich.) netted the first score of the game just 1:27 into the first quarter. Bieda followed just over a minute later, before junior A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) tallied a goal at the 10:09 mark. DePaolera then assisted Klimchak at the 7:27 mark in the first period to give RU a 4-0 lead. DePaolera has scored at least one point in every game this season.
The Crusaders responded by putting up the next five scores, extending to the 13:14 mark in the third quarter, to take a 5-4 lead. The Scarlet Knights answered with goals from junior M Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.), his fourth of the season, and Klimchak to pull ahead by a score of 6-5.
Following three-straight Holy Cross goals to close out the third period, RU came out strong in the fourth to score the first two goals and tie the game at 8-8 with just 3:49 on the clock. Just 1:23 later, Myles Gillespie of the Crusaders scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 2:26 left in the final stanza.
The Scarlet Knights are back in action at home on Saturday, March 9, taking on Army on the RU Turf Field at the RU Stadium Complex at 1 p.m.
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