PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 22, 2014) – Despite a career-high four goals from freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team (6-3, 1-1 BIG EAST) fell to No. 5 Denver (7-2, 1-0 BIG EAST), 17-11, in Denver, Colo., Saturday. Trasolini added an assist, while sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) also posted five points on three goals and two assists.
The Scarlet Knights matched the Pioneers with 25 shots on goal apiece. Junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) won 16 of 30 at the face-off “X.”
The Scarlet Knights got on the board first as junior M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) found the back of the cage just 1:33 into the game on an assist from Trasolini. Following two goals from the Pioneers, Trasolini posted back-to-back scores, giving him three points in the game and Rutgers led 3-2 with 7:03 on the clock in the first quarter.
Denver tallied the next two goals, taking a 4-3 lead. On the ensuing face-off, Nardella scooped the ground ball before going coast-to-coast and putting it past DU GK Ryan LaPlante to tie it at 4-4 with 1:42 remaining in the first period.
The Pioneers scored six-straight goals to start the second quarter, before Rutgers redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) notched one of his own with 17 seconds to go in the half, cutting Denver’s lead to 10-5 at the break.
In the third quarter, DU scored the first four goals to take a 14-5 lead. RU’s only third-period score came with 15 seconds in the period on a shot off the stick of Bieda from right outside the crease on a pass from freshman A Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.), who fed it to Bieda after coming around the back of the cage. Denver scored the final goal of the quarter with just 0:02 on the clock and the Pioneers took a 15-6 lead heading into the final stanza.
Rutgers cut Denver’s lead to 15-9 to start the fourth quarter, highlighted by two more goals and one assist from Bieda. The sophomore found the back of the cage before later assisting on Trasolini’s third goal of the contest with 11:35 remaining. He then posted his third goal of the half with 9:48 to go.
The Pioneers scored two straight before Trasolini earned his fourth goal of the game and redshirt senior M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) netted his first with 1:57 to go, but it wouldn’t be enough as Denver held on for the victory.
The Scarlet Knights are back in action at home vs. Marquette at noon on Saturday, March 29.
- The 116 goals for RU through the first nine games of the season are the most for the squad through the first nine contests since the 1998 team posted 137.
- Freshman Christian Trasolini scored a career-high four goals. His previous best was three, which he did twice, most recently at Providence on March 15.
- Sophomore Scott Bieda totaled a career-high five points on three goals and two assists. His previous best was four (three goals, one assist) vs. Providence on March 30, 2013.
- Bieda tied his career-high with three goals. He also did it vs. Providence on March 30, 2013.