PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 14, 2014) – On a two-game winning streak, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team travels to Providence, R.I., to take on Providence on Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. It will be the first BIG EAST game of the season for the both teams.
Record: 4-2, 0-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: RV/RV (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 77-71 (10th season)
Record at RU: 12-22 (Third season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 17
Assists: DePaolera, Terranova - 7
Points: Scott Klimchak - 19
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 34
Saves: Kris Alleyne - 59
Record: 3-3, 0-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Chris Gabrielli (UMass, ‘01)
Career Record: 11-11 (Second season)
Record at Providence: 11-11 (Same)
Goals: Alex Corboy - 14
Assists: Andrew Barton - 9
Points: Barton, Wright - 20
GBs: Ryan Shaw - 15
Saves: Tyler Himes - 47
SCOUTING THE PROVIDENCE FRIARS
Providence has started the season 3-3 with wins at Vermont (8-6) on Feb. 22, at Boston (10-7) on Feb. 25 and at Fairfield (14-11) on March 4. The squad has losses vs. Quinnipiac, at Sacred Heart and at UMass.
Offensively, Alex Corboy has scored a team-high 14 goals this season. He ranks 20th in the nation and second in the conference with 2.80 goals per game. Sean Wright and Andrew Barton have each posted a team-high 20 points on the year.
Defensively, the Friars are sixth in the country with 10.00 caused turnovers per game. Jarrod Neumann ranks 15th in the country with 2.00 CTs per contest.
In the cage, Tyler Himes has started all six games and holds a .475 save percentage.
Providence is led by second year head coach Chris Gabrielli.
Rutgers holds a 3-1 all-time record vs. Providence in a series that dates back to 2010. The only win for the Friars came in a close 10-9 contest on March 30, 2013.
Rutgers senior GK Steven Lusby (Severna Park, Md.) and Providence senior A Adam MacBride each attended Severna High School and are from the same hometown. They also each wear number 14.
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.
- The 55 shots for the Scarlet Knights were the most since the squad recorded 55 at Wagner on Feb. 21, 2010.
- The 83 goals for RU in the first six games of the season are the most for the squad through the first six games of the season since the 1998 team posted 86 through six contests.
- The four goals allowed by the Scarlet Knights were the fewest since letting up just one in an 11-1 victory at St. Joseph’s on March 5, 2011.
RU DOMINATES MONMOUTH, 20-4
Behind seven points from freshman A Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.), the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team won in dominating fashion over Monmouth, 20-4, in High Point Solutions Stadium on March 8. Murphy posted four goals and three assists in his first career start, while 16 Scarlet Knights scored at least one goal.
KLIMCHAK IS BACK
Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has scored four or more goals in four of the six games this season, posting career-high tying five goals in the opener vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8). He ranks 18th in the nation (through March 9) with 2.83 goals/game and is currently eighth on RU’s career goals list with 103. Klimchak’s 23-game point scoring streak, dating back to April 14, 2012, with 57-11-68 GAP in the span, ended vs. Monmouth on March 8.
RU Career Goals List
7. Ed Trabulsy (1984-87) 112
8. Scott Klimchak (2010-14) 103
In his first career start, freshman A Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.) scored four goals and added three assists vs. Monmouth (March 8). His seven points were the most for a Scarlet Knight since Scott Klimchak posted seven against Wagner on Feb. 18, 2011. He earned the Rutgers men’s lacrosse Player of the Week for his performance and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on March 10. He has nine goals this season, tied for second on the team, and is second on the squad with 14 points.
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 nine goals 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 57-of-66 face-offs (.864 percent) this season. His win percentage leads the nation. He also collected a career-high 17 ground balls vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8), the most for a DI player this season. He averages 8.50 GBs/game, ninth in the country.
Ten Rutgers freshmen have seen action this season, including six starts by freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), two by D Chris Groel (Los Angeles, Calif.) and one by A Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.). Murphy and Trasolini are tied for second on the team in goals (9) and Murphy is second in points (14).
SAVE-ING THE DAY
Sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) has 59 saves in six games this season with a .551 save percentage. He totaled 21 saves at Virginia (Feb. 22), the most for a DI player this season. 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 29th in the nation (through March 9) with 9.83 saves/game and 24th 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. Goss leads the team with eight caused turnovers this season.
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