PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 22, 2014) – Despite a four-goal performance from redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team (2-1) fell to No. 5/7 Virginia (4-0), 19-12, in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday night.
The Scarlet Knights held the advantage in saves as sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) made 21 stops to the Cavaliers’ 11. Klimchak paced RU with four goals. Senior M Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) and junior M Rich Rambo (Abington, Pa.) each posted three points, recording two goals and one assist apiece.
The Scarlet Knights put the first goal on the board, as Rambo found the back of the net with 10:20 to go in the first. UVa scored the next two goals, to take a 2-1 lead with 7:43 on the clock in the opening stanza.
RU answered, going on a 3-0 run with scores from Klimchak, DePaolera and freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) to take a 4-2 lead at the 1:18 mark in the first.
The Cavaliers scored just before the end of the first quarter, before Klimchak posted back-to-back goals to push the Scarlet Knights’ lead to 6-3 with 12:03 to go in the half. The first of the two goals was assisted by Rambo, giving him his second point of the game.
UVa then went on a 4-1 run, tying the game at 7-7 with 6:36 left in the opening half. Redshirt senior M Matt Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) regained the lead for RU with a laser shot from the top with 3:57 on the clock. The Cavaliers scored the final two goals of the half, and led 9-7 at the break.
Virginia scored first coming out of the break, but Rambo cut the lead to one, 10-9, by firing one by the goalkeeper for his career-high third point at the at the 9:10 mark in the third. Virginia scored the next four goals and led 14-9 following the third quarter.
After a UVa goal to start the final stanza, DePaolera posted his second goal of the game to cut the lead to 15-10 with 12:39 on the clock. Scott Klimchak followed that up with his fourth goal of the game, grabbing a pass from sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) while cutting in front of the net and putting it by the goalie. Junior M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) trimmed the Cavaliers’ lead to three, 15-12, with 10:43 to go, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cavaliers would score the final four goals of the game to secure the victory.
Rutgers is back in action at Stony Brook on Saturday, March 1 at 4 p.m.
- RU has scored 10 or more goals in each of its three games this season. The last time the Scarlet Knights started the season with three-straight 10 or more goal performances was in 2011, when the squad did it in each of the first four games.
- Scott Klimchak has now scored a goal in 20 straight contests, dating back to April 21, 2012 vs. Michigan. He has 53 goals in that span.
- Klimchak moved into ninth on RU’s all-time scoring list with 99 career goals. He is one shy of Bob Kelley (1954-56), who is in eighth with 100.
- Klimchak has now posted at least one point in 21 straight games, dating back to April 14, 2012. He has 53-10-63 GAP in that span.
- Kris Alleyne posted 21 saves, his fifth-straight game with 10 or more saves, dating back to April 13, 2013 at Syracuse.
- The 21 saves marked the fourth time in his career that Alleyne has recorded 20 or more saves in a game.
- Rich Rambo posted a career-high three points (2g, 1a). His previous high was two at Wagner (Feb. 18, 2014).
- Rambo tied his career-high with two goals. He also did it at Wagner (Feb. 18, 2014).
- With 10 FO wins, FO Joe Nardella has won 10 or more face-offs in four straight games dating back to the final game of 2013 vs. Georgetown (April 27).
- Christian Trasolini scored one goal, giving him seven on the season. He has scored in all three games to start the year.
- Sophomore Jacob Coretti tied his career high with two assists. He also did it vs. Providence on March 30, 2013.
- RU moved to 4-5 against Virginia.