PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 28, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team hits the road for the third-straight time, taking on Stony Brook in Stony Brook, N.Y. on Saturday, March 1 at 4 p.m. Rutgers has scored 10 or more goals in each of the first three games of the season, the first time RU has done that since the 2011 squad did it in each of the first four games. Head coach Brian Brecht named senior M Peter Noto (Webster, N.J.) game captain.
Record: 2-1, 0-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 75-70 (10th season)
Record at RU: 10-21 (Third season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 13
Assists: Scott Bieda - 5
Points: Scott Klimchak - 14
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 27
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 45
Record: 1-2, 0-0 America East
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Jim Nagle (Loyola, ‘92)
Career Record: 166-125 (20th season)
Record at Stony Brook: 15-21 (Third season)
Goals: Brody Eastwood - 13
Assists: Challen Rogers - 8
Points: Brody Eastwood - 13
GBs: Kyle Rowe - 25
Saves: Patrick Fleming – 15
SCOUTING THE STONY BROOK SEAWOLVES
Stony Brook has started the season 1-2, with its win coming over Lafayette (Feb. 18), 18-10. The Seawolves have fallen to Marist (Feb. 14), 13-12, and most recently at No. 2 Duke (Feb. 23), 14-6.
Offensively, Brody Eastwood leads the Seawolves with 13 goals this season. He ranks second in the country with 4.33 goals per game. Challen Rogers dishes out the assists, ranking 13th in the nation with 2.67 per game. Eastwood was named America East Player of the Week on Feb. 24 after scoring a combined nine goals vs. Lafayette and at Duke.
Stony Brook is led by Jim Nagle, who is in his third season.
Rutgers is 5-2 all-time against Stony Brook. Last season, RU dropped a hard-fought 9-8 triple-overtime contest to the Seawolves on March 2.
Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht is a 1995 graduate of Springfield College. Stony Brook head coach Jim Nagle was an assistant there from 1992-94, and assistant coach Craig Gibson graduated from there in 2004.
TEAM SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
- As a team, RU scooped 41 ground balls, its most since recording 44 at St. John’s (March 16, 2013).
- The 20 goals for the Scarlet Knights were the most since a 20-10 win over Wagner on Feb. 19 last season.
- The 15-goal victory for RU was its largest margin since downing Wagner on the road, 24-4, on Feb. 21, 2010.
- The 46 shots for Rutgers were the most since the squad tallied 54 at St. John’s on March 16, 2013.
- 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.
RU FALLS AT NO. 5/7 VIRGINIA
Despite a four-goal performance from redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), Rutgers (2-1) fell to No. 5/7 Virginia (4-0), 19-12, in Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 22. The Scarlet Knights held the advantage in saves as sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) made 21 stops to the Cavaliers’ 11.
BIG EAST HONORS
Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) earned recognition on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Feb. 24. Klimchak scored nine goals in two games, while Alleyne totaled 33 saves on the week.
KLIMCHAK IS BACK
Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has scored four or more goals in all three games this season, posting career-high tying five goals in the opener vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8). He ranks second in the nation with 4.33 goals/game and is currently ninth on RU’s career goals list with 99. He has now scored at least one goal in 20 straight games, the fourth-longest goal-scoring streak in the country, dating back to April 21, 2012 vs. Michigan. He has posted 53 goals in that span. Klimchak also has a 21-game point scoring streak, dating back to April 14, 2012, with 53-10-63 GAP in that span.
RU Career Goals List
7. Ed Trabulsy (1984-87) 112
8. Bob Kelley (1954-56) 100
9. Scott Klimchak (2010-14) 99
Junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has won an impressive 46-of-54 face-offs (.852) this season. His win percentage leads the nation. He also collected a career-high 17 ground balls vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8). He averages 9.00 GBs/game, fourth in the country.
Eight Rutgers freshmen have seen action this season, including three starts by freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) and one by freshman D Chris Groel (Los Angeles, Calif.). Trasolini is second on the team in goals (7) and points (9). Classmate Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.) has scored four goals this season.
SAVE-ING THE DAY
Sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) has 45 saves in three games this season with a .616 save percentage. He has six-straight games with 10 or more saves, dating back to April 13, 2013 at Syracuse and totaled 21 at Virginia (Feb. 22). It marked the fourth time in his career he had 20 or more saves in a game and the first time this season. He ranks second in the nation with 15.00 saves/game and 15th in save percentage.
GOSS THE BOSS
Junior M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) had a big game at Wagner (Feb. 18), tying his career high with three goals and three ground balls, earning him Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Game honors. He is third on the team with five goals.
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