PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 16, 2014) – After downing Providence in its BIG EAST opener, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team returns to High Point Solutions Stadium to host Richmond on Monday, March 17 at 3 p.m. The first 100 fans receive a free Rutgers travel mug.
Record: 5-2, 1-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: RV/RV (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 78-71 (10th season)
Record at RU: 13-22 (Third season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 20
Assists: Four players - 7
Points: Scott Klimchak - 22
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 45
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 74
Record: 1-6, 0-1 Atlantic Sun
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Dan Chemotti (Duke, ‘02)
Career Record: 1-6 (First season)
Record at Richmond: 1-6 (First season)
Goals: Mitchell Goldberg - 14
Assists: Brad Burnam - 12
Points: Mitchell Goldberg - 19
GBs: Brendan Hynes - 28
Saves: Benny Pugh – 50
SCOUTING THE RICHMOND SPIDERS
Richmond, in its inaugural season of lacrosse, holds a 1-6 record, including an 0-1 mark in the Atlantic Sun. The squad’s win came at Vermont, 12-11, on March 15. In its season-opener, Richmond lost a tightly-contested matchup, 13-12, to then-No. 7 Virginia.
Offensively, Mitchell Goldberg leads the Spiders with 14 goals and 19 points. Brad Burnam has dished 12 assists and is 16th nationally with 2.00 assists per game.
Defensively, the Spiders are 14th in the nation with 9.17 caused turnovers per game. Brendan Hynes ranks fourth with 2.67 CTs per contest.
In the cage, Benny Pugh has started five games and holds a .532 save percentage.
Richmond is led by first-year head coach Dan Chemotti is in his first season.
Rutgers freshman M Christian Mazzone (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Richmond freshman M A.J. Lapitino each attended Ward Melville HS in New York.
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.
- Rutgers won its BIG EAST opener for the first time since it downed Notre Dame, 10-8, on March 27, 2010.
- The 95 goals for RU in the first seven games of the season are the most for the squad through the first seven games of the season since the 1998 team posted 96 through seven contests.
RU DOWNS PROVIDENCE, 12-6
In its first BIG EAST game of the season, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team defeated Providence, 12-6, in Providence, R.I., on March 15. Freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) paced RU with six points on three goals and three assists.
KLIMCHAK IS BACK
Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has scored three or more goals in five of the seven 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 106. 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) 106
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 followed that up with four points (2g, 2a) at Providence (March 15). He has 18 points this season, second on the team.
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. At Providence, he caused a season-high three turnovers.
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 earned Rutgers Player of the Game honors for his performance against the Seawolves.
Junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has won an impressive 74-of-87 face-offs (.851 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 seven 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 is second on the team in points (18) and Trasolini is second in goals (12).
SAVE-ING THE DAY
Sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) has 74 saves in seven games this season with a .578 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.
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