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Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Manhattan in Opener at RU Turf Field
First 150 fans receive a free hot chocolate
  • Posted on February 06, 2014 11:20:55 AM
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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 6, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team opens the 2014 season hosting Manhattan on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. The location of the game has changed and it will now be played at the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex. Last season, Rutgers downed Manhattan, 15-6, in Piscataway, N.J. The first 150 fans in attendance will receive a free hot chocolate.


    2013 Record: 2-13, 0-6 BIG EAST

    Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)

    Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)

    Career Record: 73-69 (10th season)

    Record at RU: 8-20 (Third season)


    Returning Statistical Leaders

    Goals: Scott Klimchak - 32

    Assists: Nick DePaolera - 14

    Points: Scott Klimchak - 39

    GBs: Joseph Nardella - 126

    Saves: Kris Alleyne – 196



    2013 Record: 4-11, 1-5 MAAC

    Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)

    Head Coach: Steve Manitta (Nyack, ‘06)

    Career Record: 26-31 (Fifth season)

    Record at Manhattan: 4-11 (Second season)


    Returning Statistical Leaders

    Goals: Patrick Hodapp - 20

    Assists: Brett Madarasz - 13

    Points: Ryan Payton - 27

    GBs: Sean McMahon - 62

    Saves: Michael Wiatrak - 113



    Manhattan returns after a 4-11 (1-5 MAAC) mark last season. The Jaspers return three of their top four scorers from 2013, including Ryan Payton (18g, 9a, 27 pts.), Marcel Godino (15g, 11a, 26 pts.) and Patrick Hodapp (20g, 4a, 24 pts.).

    Defensively, GK Michael Wiatrak returns, who started 10 games last season and recorded a .504 save percentage. D Sean McMahon comes back after causing a team-high 24 turnovers in 2013.

    The Jaspers are led by Steve Manitta, who is in his second season.


    Rutgers is 11-0 all-time against Manhattan in a series that dates back to 2001. Last season, the Scarlet Knights picked up a 15-6 victory on Feb. 10 at home.


    Rutgers’ junior FO Brian Lenskold (Martinsville, N.J.) played his freshman season at Manhattan, compiling a .506 faceoff win percentage, which ranked 39th in the nation in 2012.

    Lenskold and RU sophomore A Ryan Hollingsworth are both from Martinsville, N.J., and attended Bridgewater-Raritan HS. Manhattan sophomore A Mike DiPascali also attended Bridgewater-Raritan.


    The Scarlet Knights return all but one starter from last season and 31 players who saw action in 2013. The offense welcomes back 98 percent of its point-scoring from a year ago, including its top 13 players in that category. RU also welcomes 16 newcomers.


    Sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) and junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) were each named 2014 Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook DI All-Americans. Nardella was also named to the 2014 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Last season, Alleyne finished fourth in the nation and first in the conference with 14.00 saves per game.  His .596 save-percentage ranked seventh nationally. He was named the 2013 BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year. Nardella ranked fourth in the nation with a .622 faceoff win percentage and 8.40 ground balls per game. He earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors last season.


    Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) led RU with 32 goals and 39 points last season. He currently has 86 career goals, just five away from tying him for 10th all-time in RU’s record book.


    Rutgers men’s lacrosse head coach Brian Brecht has named senior defenseman Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.), junior midfielder Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.), junior FO/M Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.), senior defenseman Andrew Parrilla (Wyckoff, N.J.) and senior midfielder Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) team captains for the 2014 season. Contino, Goss and Terranova will serve as captains for the second-straight season.


    Slated to play its first season in High Point Solutions Stadium, the 2014 schedule includes 15 regular season games and six BIG EAST contests. RU is scheduled to play six home games and nine road matches. This season, the Scarlet Knights play two teams that made the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Denver and Duke. Both teams made it to the Final Four, as the Blue Devils were eventually named national champions. The squad also travels to Princeton, which finished No. 14 in the Inside Lacrosse rankings last season.


    The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team will be a member of the newly formed Big Ten lacrosse conference beginning with its inaugural season for the 2014-15 academic school year. The Scarlet Knights join a six-team conference that includes sport affiliate member Johns Hopkins, as well as Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersAthletics) and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding Rutgers men’s lacrosse, follow the program and Brecht on Twitter (@RUMLax and @RUlaxCoach) and Facebook. Fans can receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on our social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.

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