GAME 7 - RUTGERS (2-4, 0-0 BIG EAST) vs. ARMY (3-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
Saturday, March 9 1 p.m. RU Turf Field Piscataway, N.J.
Record: 2-4, 0-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 73-62 (Ninth season)
Record at RU: 8-13 (Second season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 18
Assists: Nick DePaolera - 12
Points: Nick DePaolera - 24
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 50
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 77
Record: 3-2, 0-0 Patriot League
Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Joe Alberici (Alfred, ‘91)
Career Record: 67-60 (Ninth season)
Record at Army: 59-54 (Eighth season)
Goals: Garrett Thul - 19
Assists: John Glesener - 12
Points: Garrett Thul - 22
GBs: Garrett Thul - 18
Saves: Sam Somers – 35
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team finishes its three-game homestand, taking on Army (3-2) on the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex. It is the sixth home game of the year for RU. The Scarlet Knights (2-4) will face the Black Knights for the 76th time in program history. The game is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.
Scouting the Army Black Knights
The Black Knights hold a 3-2 record in 2013. The squad is coming off a 12-1 win over Michigan on March 2. It’s losses came to No. 18 Syracuse (6-2) on Feb. 24 and No. 12 Massachusetts (16-9) on Feb. 10. Army and Rutgers have a common opponent in Manhattan, who RU beat 15-6 and Army beat 14-8.
This will be the 76th matchup between the Scarlet Knights and the Black Knights in a series that dates back to 1923, as Rutgers is 20-54-1 all-time against Army. Last season, the Black Knights picked up a 9-8 victory over the Scarlet Knights and have won the last five matchups.
Army is led offensively by Garrett Thul with 19 goals and 22 points. He is coming off a seven-goal game against Michigan and is Army’s all-time leading goal scorer with 141. Defensively, Brendan Buckley has caused a team-high eight turnovers.
Scarlet Knights Fall to Holy Cross
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, March 5. 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.
The Klimchak Attack
Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has been on a roll in his past four games, scoring 16 of his 18 goals this season and posting all three of his assists. The junior attackman ranks first on the team with 18 goals and second with 21 points. He has had four-straight games with four or more points in 2013. He was tied for 18th in the NCAA with 2.80 goals per game as of March 3 and is currently tied for the BIG EAST lead with 3.00 goals per game.
Closing in on 100
Klimchak has tallied 95 points in his career, with 72 goals and 23 assists. He is just five short of the century mark.
Facing Off Among the Nation’s Best
Sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has been dominant in the faceoff circle through six games, ranking fourth in the country (March 3) and first in the BIG EAST with a mark of .679 percent. The specialist is 95-140 this season, including a 21-24 performance against Manhattan in the opener.
RU in the NCAA
The Scarlet Knights ranked 14th in goals per game (11.80) and 12th in points per game (19.40) as of March 3.
RU in the BIG EAST
In the conference, Rutgers ranks tied for first in assists (7.00/g) and man-up goals (6). The Scarlet Knights are second in goals (11.17/g) and points (18.17/g).
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 six games this season. His goals and assists numbers have been identical at 12. 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. He leads the team in points (24) and assists. He was tied for 14th in the NCAA with 4.40 points per game as of March 3.
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 8.45 GAA, and ranked 16th in the NCAA in that category as of March 3. His 12.83 saves per game are second in the BIG EAST.
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