PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 30, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss, 10-9, to Providence at Yurcak Field on Saturday night.
Rutgers was led by an outstanding performance in net by freshman Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.), who totaled a career-high 25 saves (11 in the fourth quarter). Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) posted three points on two goals and one assist, while freshman A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) posted a career-high three goals.
Alleyne’s 25 saves were tied for the 11th most in RU history, while Klimchak notched his sixth multi-point game of the season.
The Scarlet Knights moved to 2-8 (0-3 BIG EAST), while Providence improved to 7-3 (1-2 BIG EAST). RU tallied 36 ground balls to the Friars’ 25, but Providence held a 44 to 37 shot advantage. Sophomore FO Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) won 15 of 23 faceoffs.
RU got on the board first with a goal by junior M Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.). Junior M Matt Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) scored later in the opening quarter and the two teams were tied, 2-2, heading into the second stanza.
Bieda notched his first score of the game to open the second period coming from behind the goal and put the ball in the back of the net on a diving effort. Following two goals from the Friars, Bieda scored again in a mirror image of his first goal to start a 5-0 RU run. The Scarlet Knights scored the final four goals of the second quarter, including two from Klimchak, to end the half.
Freshman M Jacob Coretti (E. Grand Rapids, Mich.) started the third with a goal of his own, assisted by Klimchak, at 7:32, to give RU an 8-4 lead. Providence posted the next two scores before Bieda put his third ball in the back of the net to give the Scarlet Knights a 9-6 lead heading into the final quarter.
Providence scored three goals in the fourth period, all coming in the last 2:19 of the game, sending the contest into overtime at 9-9. With 54 seconds remaining in the first overtime, Friar Greg FitzMaurice scored his second-consecutive goal to give Providence the win.
Rutgers is back in action on the road, taking on conference-foe Villanova on the road on Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
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