GAME 11 - RUTGERS (2-8, 0-3 BIG EAST) at VILLANOVA (3-6, 2-0 BIG EAST)
Saturday April 6 7 p.m. Villanova Stadium Villanova, Pa.
Record: 2-8, 0-3 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 73-66 (Ninth season)
Record at RU: 8-17 (Second season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 23
Assists: Nick DePaolera - 14
Points: DePaolera, Klimchak - 29
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 90
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 135
Record: 3-6, 2-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: RV/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Michael Corrado (Villanova, ‘87)
Career Record: 55-46 (Seventh season)
Record at Villanova: Same
Goals: Jack Rice - 15
Assists: Kluh, O’Neil - 6
Points: John Kluh - 18
GBs: Thomas Croonquist - 58
Saves: Reed Carlson – 34
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team (2-8, 0-3 BIG EAST) hits the road for the third time this season to take on BIG EAST opponent Villanova (3-6, 2-0) on Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. The two squads will meet in Villanova Stadium. The Scarlet Knights hold a 6-4 all-time record against the Wildcats and the contest can be followed on Game Tracker.
Scouting the Villanova Wildcats
This season, the Wildcats hold a 3-6 record, including a 2-0 mark in conference play. Villanova is coming off a 8-6 win at Georgetown (April 3). The squad also downed No. 4 Syracuse, 11-10, on March 23. The Wildcats have played seven ranked opponents in 2013.
Rutgers holds a 6-4 advantage all-time against Villanova, dating back to 1992. Last season, the Scarlet Knights dropped a 14-9 contest at home.
Offensively, the Wildcats generate the most shots per game in the conference (39.11). The team leads the league in man-up goals per game at 1.44 and caused turnovers per game at 10.56.
Individually, Villanova is led by Jack Rice (team-high 15 goals) and John Kluh (team-high 18 points). Defensively, John LoCascio leads the nation with 4.14 caused turnovers per game as of March 31.
Scarlet Knights Fall Short in OT vs. Providence
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss, 10-9, to Providence at Yurcak Field on March 30. 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.
Career Game for Alleyne
Freshman GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) was a force in net for the Scarlet Knights, tallying a career-high 25 saves in the overtime game against Providence (March 30). The freshman gave up just 10 goals against 35 shots on goal from the Friars. Only 10 goalkeepers in Rutgers history have recorded more saves in a game. Alleyne also totaled a career-best five ground balls and earned his second BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll spot on April 1.
Bank on Bieda
Freshman A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) has been on a hot streak lately and tallied a career-high three goals against Providence (March 30). He is third on the team with 18 points and second with seven assists.
RU in the NCAA
The Scarlet Knights ranked 23rd in goals per game (10.30) and tied for 23rd in points per game (16.60) in the nation as of March 31.
RU in the BIG EAST
Rutgers is second in ground balls (30.80/g), third in assists (6.30/g), third in goals against average (10.04) and first in saves (14.20/g).
Giving it his All-eyne
Freshman GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) has been solid between the posts for RU this season, receiving two BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll spots this season. He currently holds a 9.34 GAA, and ranked 26th in the NCAA and a .603 save percentage, sixth in the nation (third in BIG EAST) as of March 31. His 13.50 saves per game are second in the BIG EAST and tied for seventh in the nation.
Facing Off Among the Nation’s Best
Sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has been dominant in the faceoff circle all season, ranking third in the country (March 31) and first in the BIG EAST with a mark of .660 percent. The specialist is 157-238 this season. He is also third in the country (first in the BIG EAST) as of March 31, collecting an average of 9.00 ground balls per game.
The Klimchak Attack
Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has been on a roll in his past eight games, scoring 21 of his 23 goals this season and posting all six of his assists. He has six multi-point games this season. The junior attackman ranks first on the team with 23 goals and tied for first with 29 points. He was tied for 41st in the NCAA with 2.30 goals per game as of March 31 and is currently fourth in the BIG EAST.
Contino Causing Turnovers
Junior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) leads the team with 13 caused turnovers in 2013, including a career-high tying four against Army on March 9. He is coming off a two CT game against Providence (March 30).
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.
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