GAME 14 - RUTGERS (2-11, 0-5 BIG EAST) vs. No. 7/6 DUKE (10-4, 2-1 ACC)
Saturday, April 20 7 p.m. RVision Yurcak Field Piscataway, N.J.
Record: 2-11, 0-5 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 73-69 (Ninth season)
Record at RU: 8-20 (Second season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 29
Assists: Nick DePaolera - 14
Points: Scott Klimchak - 35
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 115
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 155
Record: 10-4, 2-1 ACC
Ranking: 7/6 (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: John Danowski (Rutgers, ‘76)
Career Record: 324-167 (30th season)
Record at Duke: 105-28 (Sixth season)
Goals: Jordan Wolf - 35
Assists: Tripucka, Wolf - 19
Points: Jordan Wolf - 54
GBs: Brendan Fowler - 136
Saves: Kyle Turri – 82
Following a near upset of No. 7/8 Syracuse on April 13, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team returns home to host No. 7/6 Duke at Yurcak Field on Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m. This will mark just the third meeting all time between the two schools, with the series tied, 1-1. This will be the 10th home game of the season for the Scarlet Knights and it is scheduled to be broadcast live on RVision.
Scouting the Duke Blue Devils
The No. 7/6 Blue Devils hold a 10-4 record this season, including a 2-1 mark in ACC play. Duke maintains eight-game winning streak, dating back to a loss against No. 1 Maryland on March 2. This season, the Blue Devils have defeated No. 4 Loyola (March 8), 9-8, and No. 6 North Carolina (March 13), 11-8.
Duke’s head coach, John Danowski, is a 1976 Rutgers graduate, and was team captain of the Scarlet Knights’ lacrosse team his senior season. He is Rutgers’ all-time leader in points in a single game (14) and assists in a game (9). He is second on the program’s career assists list with 120.
The Scarlet Knights and Blue Devils are knotted at 1-1 all-time, with the Rutgers victory coming in the form of a 12-3 win on April 1, 1958. Last season, the Bule Devils defeated Ruters, 16-8, on Feb. 11.
The Blue Devils lead the four-team ACC in goals per game (13.36), assists per game (7.93) and points per game (21.29).
Individually, the squad is balanced with seven players totaling 23 or more points this season. Junior A Jordan Wolf paces Duke with 54 points, while also leading the team in goals (35) and assists (10). He ranks second in the ACC in points per game (3.86). FO Brendan Folwer tops the conference with 9.71 ground balls per game and a .649 faceoff percentage.
Rutgers Nearly Upsets No. 7/8 Syracuse
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaking 12-11 game to No. 7/8 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., April 13. The Scarlet Knights held a five goal lead heading into the fourth quarter and didn’t trail until the Orange scored the game-winning goal with just 10 seconds remaining in the contest.
Redshirt junior M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) had a career day at Syracuse (April 13), notching a personal-high four goals while tallying one assist for a career-best five points. His previous high in both categories was two. The midfielder also collected a personal-best seven ground balls, shattering his previous mark of four. He now has nine goals this season, with four coming against the Orange.
Facing Off Among the Nation’s Best
Sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has been dominant in faceoffs all season, ranking third in the country (as of April 15) and first in the BIG EAST with a mark of .655 percent. The specialist is 203-310 this season. He has notched 312 faceoff wins in 516 attempts in two seasons.
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). At Syracuse (April 13), he tied his career-best performance with three points (one goal, two assists). Bieda also collected a career-high three ground balls against the Orange. He has notched one point in each of the last six games and has totaled eight multi-point games.
The Klimchak Attack
Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has been on a roll in his past 11 games, scoring 27 of his 29 goals this season and posting all six of his assists. He has eight multi-point games this season and is coming off his fifth game with three-or-more goals this season at Syracuse (April 13). The junior attackman ranks first on the team with 29 goals and leads the squad with 35 points. He ranks fourth in the BIG EAST with a 2.23 goals per game average.
RU in the NCAA
The Scarlet Knights ranked tied for 33rd in goals per game (10.08) and 30th in points per game (16.23) in the nation as of April 15.
RU in the BIG EAST
Rutgers is second in ground balls (31.31/g), second in saves per game (13.46), first in save percentage (.557) and first in faceoff percentage (.651).
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