PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 27, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team welcomes Marquette in the first-ever meeting between the two teams at noon on Saturday, March 29 at High Point Solutions Stadium. The game is set for Youth Day, and will be broadcast live on RVision, presented by AT&T. Danny Breslauer and Rick Mercurio will be on the call.
Record: 6-3, 1-1 BIG EAST
Ranking: RV/RV (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 79-72 (10th season)
Record at RU: 14-23 (Third season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 25
Assists: Scott Bieda - 11
Points: Scott Klimchak - 28
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 72
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 96
Record: 2-6, 0-1 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Joe Amplo (Hofstra, ‘99)
Career Record: 7-14 (Second season)
Record at Marquette: 7-14 (Second season)
Goals: Tyler Melnyk - 22
Assists: Tyler Melnyk - 10
Points: Tyler Melnyk - 32
GBs: Jacob Richard - 30
Saves: Jimmy Danaher – 25
SCOUTING THE MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES
Marquette enters the contest 2-6 overall and 0-1 in BIG EAST play. The squad has victories at now-No. 19 (IL Media Poll) Hofstra (Feb. 15), 11-9, and at Detroit (March 15), 15-10. The Golden Eagles suffered a 20-9 loss to Duke on March 11. The Scarlet Knights play the Blue Devils on April 19.
Offensively, redshirt senior A Tyler Melnyk leads the team in goals (22), assists (10) and points (32). He ranks 15th in the nation in goals per game (2.75) and points per game (4.00).
Defensively, freshman Jimmy Danaher has been between the pipes the last three games, holding a .379 save percentage and a 12.12 GAA.
Joe Amplo is in his third season as head coach, and holds a 7-14 record in his second season of Division I lacrosse.
Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht was an assistant coach at Loyola University Maryland from 2002-2004. Marquette assistant coach Stephen Brundage was a player on the Greyhounds during Brecht’s time at Loyola, playing his senior season in 2004.
TEAM SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
- 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.
- RU has started the season 6-3, its best start since the 2004 team also started 6-3. The 2004 squad finished the year 8-6.
- Rutgers has scored in double-digits in each of its last four games, tied for the seventh longest streak in the country. Cornell leads, having posted 10 or more goals in each of its last 19 contests.
- RU ranks seventh in the country in scoring offense, averaging 12.89 goals per game. Last season, the Scarlet Knights averaged 9.67 goals per game.
- 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 first 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 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.
- Rutgers collected a season-high 42 ground balls, its most since scooping 44 at St. John’s on March 16, 2013.
- Junior Joe Nardella put together the fifth-best 1.000 percent face-off performance in NCAA Division I history and the best all-time in the BIG EAST.
RU FALLS AT NO. 5 DENVER
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., on March 22. Trasolini added an assist, while sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) also posted five points on three goals and two assists.
KLIMCHAK IS BACK
Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has scored three or more goals in six of the nine games this season, tying his career-high with five goals in the opener vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8). He ranked 14th in the nation (through March 23) in goals/game and is currently eighth on RU’s career goals list with 111. 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
5. Ryan O’Shea (1992-95) 128
6. Jack Daut (1955-57) 113
7. Ed Trabulsy (1984-87) 112
8. Scott Klimchak (2010-14) 111
Named an Inside Lacrosse Midseason First Team All-American on March 26, junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has won an impressive 108-of-135 face-offs (.800 percent) this season and totaling 10 or more wins in every game he has played. Against Richmond, he won 18-of-18 face-offs, the fifth-best 1.000 percent performance in NCAA DI history. His .800 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 10.29 ground balls per game, third in the country.
TRASOLINI ON A TEAR
Freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) has made an impact this season, sitting second on the team with 17 goals and 25 points. Against Providence on March 15, he posted a career-high six points on three goals and three assists, earning BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition. He earned weekly honors again on March 24 after tallying a career-high four goals at No. 5 Denver. He also added an assist for five points.
BANK ON BIEDA
Sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) earned Rutgers Player of the Game honors at No. 5 Denver for his career-high five points on three goals and two assists. This season, he has proven to be the squad’s best distributor, leading RU with 11 assists.
SAVE-ING THE DAY
Sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) has 96 saves in eight games this season with a .561 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 17th in the nation in save percentage (through March 23).
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 11 goals and 20 points this season, third on the team.
CONTINO CAUSING CHAOS
Senior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) has been impressive defensively this season, leading the squad with 11 CTs. 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. At Denver, he helped RU hold 2013 USILA Honorable Mention All-American and 2014 Tewaaraton Award Watch List member Wesley Berg to just one goal.
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