PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 6, 2014) – Following a big win at No. 20 Army, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team returns home to take on Monmouth at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday, March 8 at 6 p.m. The Scarlet Knights play in the 52,454-seat facility for the first time in 2014, its inaugural season in the stadium.
Record: 3-2, 0-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 76-71 (10th season)
Record at RU: 11-22 (Third season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 17
Assists: Bieda, DePaolera - 6
Points: Scott Klimchak - 19
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 27
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 59
Record: 0-3, 0-0 MAAC
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Brian Fisher (Rutgers, ‘01)
Career Record: 0-3 (First season)
Record at Monmouth: 0-3 (First season)
Goals: Bloodgood, Daly - 4
Assists: Chris Daly - 2
Points: Chris Daly - 6
GBs: Ryan Horsch - 8
Saves: Garrett Conaway – 27
SCOUTING THE MONMOUTH HAWKS
In its inaugural season of men’s lacrosse, Monmouth enters the game with an 0-3 record, suffering losses to UMBC (Feb. 22), 10-8, Wagner (Feb. 26), 7-6 (4OT) and Saint Joseph’s (March 4), 11-6. Rutgers also played Wagner this season, defeating the Seahawks 20-5 on Feb. 18.
Offensively, Chris Daly leads the charge with four goals, two assists and six points.
Defensively, the Hawks rank fourth in the country with 11.50 caused turnovers per game. Ryan Horsch is first in the country with 3.50 CTs per game, while teammate Stephen Murawski is 18th with 2.00 per game.
In the cage, Nick Hreshko has started all three games, but Garrett Conaway has split time in net, playing more minutes this season than Hreshko.
Monmouth is led by first year head coach Brian Fisher.
Monmouth head coach Brian Fisher is a 2001 graduate of Rutgers. A faceoff specialist for the Scarlet Knights, Fisher received the “Knight Cup” in 2001 and earned the Rutgers men’s lacrosse Scholar-Athlete Award, given to the member of the team with the highest GPA.
Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht was an assistant coach at RU during Fisher’s senior season in 2001.
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.
- The win marked the first for Rutgers over a ranked opponent since downing No. 11 Notre Dame, 10-8, on March 27, 2010.
- The Scarlet Knights won an overtime game for the first time since winning 8-7 at Providence on March 31, 2012.
- Rutgers beat Army for the first time since a 10-9 win on March 5, 2007.
- RU scored nine goals, the most scored against Army this season. The previous most was six by Lafayette and UMass.
- Coming in, Army ranked first in the nation in scoring defense, allowing an average of 5.00 goals per game.
RU UPSETS NO. 20 ARMY IN OT
In thrilling fashion, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team upset No. 20 Army in West Point, N.Y., 9-8, on an overtime goal with just 45 seconds remaining from redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) on March 4.
KLIMCHAK IS BACK
Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has scored four or more goals in four of the five games this season, posting career-high tying five goals in the opener vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8). He ranks 14th in the nation (through March 2) with 3.75 goals/game and is currently eighth on RU’s career goals list with 103. Klimchak has a 23-game point scoring streak, dating back to April 14, 2012, with 57-11-68 GAP in that span.
RU Career Goals List
7. Ed Trabulsy (1984-87) 112
8. Scott Klimchak (2010-14) 103
CONTINO CAUSING CHAOS
Senior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) has been impressive defensively this season. At Stony Brook (March 1), he shut down the Seawolves’ Brody Eastwood, who was previously ranked No. 2 in the country with 4.33 goals per game. At No. 20 Army (March 4), he helped hold Tewaaraton Award Watch List member John Glesener to just one goal.
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 tied for second on the team with eight goals and 10 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.
Eight Rutgers freshmen have seen action this season, including five starts by freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) and one by freshman D Chris Groel (Los Angeles, Calif.). Trasolini is tied for second on the team in goals (8) and points (10). Classmate Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.) has scored five goals this season and tallied two assists.
SAVE-ING THE DAY
Sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) has 59 saves in five games this season with a .551 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 (through March 2) with 13.50 saves/game and 20th 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.
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. 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.
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