PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 3, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team hits the road for the fourth-straight time, taking on Army in West Point, N.Y., on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. The Scarlet Knights will play in New York for the third time in the first five games of the season.
Record: 2-2, 0-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 75-71 (10th season)
Record at RU: 10-22 (Third season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 13
Assists: Scott Bieda - 6
Points: Scott Klimchak - 15
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 27
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 54
Record: 3-1, 1-0 Patriot League
Ranking: 20/RV (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Joe Alberici (Alfred, ‘91)
Career Record: 75-65 (10th season)
Record at Army: 67-59 (Ninth season)
Goals: John Glesener - 11
Assists: Josh Glesener - 7
Points: Josh Glesener - 18
GBs: Alex Daly - 21
Saves: Sam Somers – 24
SCOUTING THE ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS
Army comes into the game with a 3-1 overall record, falling to UMass in the opener, 6-5, on Feb. 8. Since then, the Black Knights have downed VMI, Furman and Lafayette. Army jumped into the rankings at No. 20 in the USILA Poll this week.
Offensively, John Glesener is the focal point. This season, he leads the team in goals (11), assists (7) and points (18). The junior is a member of the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, given annually to the top college lacrosse player in the country.
Defensively, GK Sam Somers has an impressive 4.81 goals against average and a .571 save percentage in 2014. Somers is first in the nation in GAA.
Overall, Army ranks first in the nation in scoring defense (5.00 goals per game).
Army is led by ninth-year head coach Joe Alberici.
Rutgers is 19-56-1 all-time against Army. Last season, the Scarlet Knights dropped a 10-8 contest at home on March 9. RU last defeated Army, 10-9, on March 5, 2007.
Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht was an assistant coach on Army’s staff from 1998-99. Mac Diange, who is in his 25th season as an assistant coach with Army, was on staff when Brecht was there. Brecht and Army volunteer assistant Ted Georgalas each graduated from Springfield College. Brecht graduated in ‘95, while Georgalas graduated in ‘73.
Rutgers freshman Christian Mazzone (Stony Brook, N.Y.) has a brother, Will, who is a sophomore on the Army lacrosse team.
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 held Stony Brook’s Brody Eastwood to just one goal. He came in averaging 4.33/game, which ranked second in the nation.
BIG EAST HONORS
On March 3, senior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) and junior M Rich Rambo (Abington, Pa.) were named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Rambo scored a career-high three goals and totaled four points at Stony Brook, while Contino shut down the Seawolves’ Brody Eastwood, who was previously ranked No. 2 in the country with 4.33 goals per game.
RU DROPS 12-9 CONTEST AT STONY BROOK
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 12-9 contest at Stony Brook in Stony Brook, N.Y. on March 1. 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.
KLIMCHAK IS BACK
Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has scored four or more goals in three of the four games this season, posting career-high tying five goals in the opener vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8). He ranks 14th in the nation with 3.75 goals/game and is currently ninth on RU’s career goals list with 99. Klimchak has a 22-game point scoring streak, dating back to April 14, 2012, with 53-11-64 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 M Rich Rambo (Abington, Pa.) had a career-day at Stony Brook (March 1), tallying personal-bests in goals (3), points (4) and ground balls (4). He was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on March 3 for his efforts. He ranks third on the team with seven goals and nine points and earned Rutgers Player of the Game honors for his performance against the Seawolves.
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, seventh in the country.
SAVE-ING THE DAY
Sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) has 54 saves in four games this season with a .574 save percentage. He totaled 21 saves 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 sixth in the nation with 13.50 saves/game and 20th in save percentage.
Eight Rutgers freshmen have seen action this season, including four 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 (8) and points (10). Classmate Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.) has scored four goals this season.
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.
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