PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 1, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 12-9 contest at Stony Brook in Stony Brook, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon. Rutgers was paced by junior Rich Rambo (Abington, Pa.), who tallied three goals and one assist in the contest.
The Scarlet Knights (2-2) matched the Seawolves (2-2) in shots with 35 apiece and sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) made nine saves to Stony Brook’s eight.
Rutgers got on the board first just nine seconds into the first quarter. After junior FO Brian Lenskold (Webster, N.Y.) won the opening faceoff, Rambo scooped the ground ball sprinted down field before putting the ball in the back of the cage.
Stony Brook then went on a run, scoring the next four goals of the game. Redshirt senior M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) broke the streak, putting one in the top right corner of the net with just 1:56 to go in the first stanza. RU scored first in the second quarter, as senior M Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.) fired in a one-timer on an assist from Rambo to cut the Seawolves’ lead to 4-3.
Following a Stony Brook goal, RU again cut the lead to just one, this time on a score from sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) with 1:42 to go in the half. The Scarlet Knights were down, 5-4, at the break.
Coming out of the midpoint, Rambo was on a role. He knotted the game at 5-5 just 22 seconds into the third quarter, before making a nice turnaround move from the top at the 9:12 mark, firing one in for another score to give Rutgers a 6-5 lead.
Stony Brook scored the next three and took an 8-6 advantage. Freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) trimmed the lead to one, firing one in from the wing with 8:24 to go on an assist from Bieda. The Seawolves scored the next goal, but on the ensuing faceoff, Terranova scooped the ground ball and took it down the field before putting it in the cage to cut the lead back to one, 9-8, with 7:23 to go.
The Seawolves posted the next two scores, gaining an 11-8 advantage with 3:45 on the clock. Junior M Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) scored with 1:25 to go to cut the lead to 11-9, but it wouldn’t be enough as Stony Brook scored again to secure the victory.
Rutgers is next in action on the road, taking on Army in West Point, N.Y., on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
- Rich Rambo had a career-high with four points (3g, 1a). His previous best was three at Virginia (Feb. 22, 2014).
- Rambo tallied a career-high three goals. His previous best was two, which he did twice.
- Rambo tallied a career high with four ground balls in the game. His previous best was three, which he did twice.
- Christian Trasolini scored one goal, giving him eight on the season. He has scored in all four games to start the year.
- Junior M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) caused a career-high two turnovers. His previous best was one, which he did three times.
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