GAME 9 - RUTGERS (2-6, 0-1 BIG EAST) vs. No. 3/3 NOTRE DAME (5-1, 0-0 BIG EAST)
Sunday March 24 1 p.m. RVision Yurcak Field Piscataway, N.J.
Record: 2-6, 0-1 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 73-64 (Ninth season)
Record at RU: 8-15 (Second season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 20
Assists: Nick DePaolera - 12
Points: Nick DePaolera - 26
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 74
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 96
Record: 5-1, 0-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: 3/3 (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Kevin Corrigan (Virginia, ‘81)
Career Record: 245-125 (27th Season)
Record at Notre Dame: 235-110 (25th Season)
Goals: Matt Kavanagh - 12
Assists: Conor Doyle - 7
Points: Matt Kavanagh - 18
GBs: Liam O’Connor - 31
Saves: John Kemp – 57
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team (2-6, 0-1 BIG EAST) hosts its seventh home game of the season and its first on Yurcak Field, taking on No. 3 Notre Dame (5-1, 0-0) at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. The game is set to be broadcast live on RVision, presented by AT&T.
Scouting the Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Fighting Irish are 5-1 in 2013, with this contest being the first BIG EAST game of the season for the squad. Notre Dame only lost to Hofstra (March 9), and has ranked wins over Duke, Penn State and Ohio State.
Rutgers holds a 2-5 all-time record against the Fighting Irish in a series that started in 1994. Last season, Notre Dame picked up a 12-9 win on March 25.
Notre Dame is led by a balanced scoring attack, with three players notching 10 or more assists in 2013. A Matt Kavanagh has totaled a team-best 12 goals and 18 points. M Jim Marlatt has a conference-high three game-winning goals this season.
Rutgers Stumbles at St. John’s, 20-13
Despite recording a season-high 54 shots, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team couldn’t capitalize and fell to St. John’s, 20-13, in its first BIG EAST matchup of the season in Queens, N.Y., March 16. Ten different Scarlet Knights scored goals while 12 totaled at least one point. RU dropped to 2-6 on the season and moved to 0-1 in conference play. The Red Storm improved to 3-2 and 1-1 in league play. Rutgers moved to 16-6 all-time against St. John’s and gave up its most goals in a game since surrendering 22 against Syracuse on April 15, 2007.
Rutgers sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) had a career day against BIG EAST foe St. John’s on March 16, setting an RU record with 27 faceoff wins, which ranks fourth in BIG EAST history and tied for ninth in NCAA history. He also collected a career-best 14 ground balls and tied his personal best by helping out on offense with two assists. He won 27 of 37 faceoffs, good for a percentage of .730.
The Klimchak Attack
Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has been on a roll in his past six games, scoring 18 of his 20 goals this season and posting all five of his assists. The junior attackman ranks first on the team with 20 goals and second with 25 points. He was tied for 28th in the NCAA with 2.50 goals per game as of March 17 and is currently third in the BIG EAST.
Closing in on 100
Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has tallied 99 points in his career, with 74 goals and 25 assists. He is just two short of the century mark.
Contino Causing Turnovers
Junior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) leads the team with nine caused turnovers in 2013, including a career-high tying four against Army on March 9.
Facing Off Among the Nation’s Best
Sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has been dominant in the faceoff circle through eight games, ranking second in the country (March 17) and first in the BIG EAST with a mark of .687 percent. The specialist is 136-198 this season. He is also fifth in the country (first in the BIG EAST) as of March 17, collecting an average of 9.25 ground balls per game.
RU in the NCAA
The Scarlet Knights ranked 21st in points per game (17.63) and tied for 22nd in goals per game (11.00) as of March 17.
RU in the BIG EAST
Rutgers is fourth in goals (11.00/g), fourth in assists (6.50/g), third in ground balls (30.62/g) and fourth in points (17.50/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 all but one game and five or more points in four games this season. His goals and assists numbers are 14 and 12, respectively. 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 (26) and assists.
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 9.65 GAA, and ranked 31st in the NCAA in that category as of March 17. His 12.00 saves per game are second in the BIG EAST and tied for 16th in the nation.
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