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Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse Falls at No. 17 Princeton, 15-11
Murphy posts three goals and one assist
  • Posted on April 05, 2014 9:31:02 PM
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  • PRINCETON, N.J. (April 5, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 15-11 contest at No. 17 Princeton in Princeton, N.J., on Saturday night. The Scarlet Knights held a 6-3 advantage in the first half, but couldn’t hold off the Tigers. RU received goals from nine different players, including a hat trick and one assist by freshman A Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.).

    Rutgers (7-5) held a 39-37 advantage in shots and collected 14 more ground balls (43-29) than Princeton (5-4). Junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) went 20-for-30 at the face-off “X” (.667 percent).

    Rutgers got on the board first. Following an RU shot, redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) scooped the ground ball in front of the cage and put in in the back of the net to give the Scarlet Knights a 1-0 lead with 12:55 on the clock in the opening quarter.

    Following a man-up Princeton goal, Rutgers regained the lead. After a caused turnover by senior M Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.), redshirt senior M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) found freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park. N.J.) in transition to put RU up 2-1 with 7:08 to go in the first.

    The Tigers scored to tie it up again, before Klimchak found Terranova and Rutgers went up, 3-2, at the 3:08 mark in the first period. Terranova was in the action again at the start of the second quarter, finding Murphy on a no-look pass in front of the cage, who scored to put RU up 4-2 with 12:34 to go in the half.

    After Princeton trimmed Rutgers’ lead back to one, DePaolera and senior M Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.) each posted goals from distance to give the Scarlet Knights a 6-3 lead with 8:54 on the clock in the second quarter. The Tigers responded, scoring five-straight goals to end the half and led 8-6 at the break.

    Rutgers came out of the midpoint scoring first as junior M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) found the back of the net at the 13:57 mark in the third quarter.

    The Tigers scored the next goal before Murphy scored his second of the game after a dodge in front of the cage to bring Rutgers within one, 9-8, with 11:15 to go in the quarter.

    Princeton pushed its lead to five, 13-8, following four-straight goals.

    Rutgers was able to stop the run with two man-up goals, including one by redshirt senior M Matthew Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) and one by Murphy, cutting Princeton’s lead to 13-10 with 10:55 remaining in the contest.

    The Tigers pushed their lead to five with two-straight scores, before Nardella won a face-off and took it down the field, posting a goal of his own. Princeton held a 15-11 advantage with 8:20 on the clock.

    Rutgers wouldn’t be able to close the gap further and Princeton held the 15-11 lead for the victory.

    The Scarlet Knights are back in action at home, taking on BIG EAST foe Villanova on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The game is set for “Senior Night” and “Alumni Night.”

    POSTGAME NOTES

    • With 11 goals, Rutgers has scored in double-digits in each of its last seven games. That’s its longest streak since the 1998 team scored 10-plus goals in eight straight games.
    • The 156 goals for RU through the first 12 games of the season are the most for the squad through the first 12 contests since the 1998 team posted 165.
    • Rutgers collected a season-high 43 ground balls, its most since scooping 44 at St. John’s on March 16, 2013.
    • Connor Murphy led RU with three goals, his third three-plus goal game of the season.
    • Joe Nardella won a season-high 20 face-offs. His previous best was 19 vs. St. John’s on April 2.
    • Rutgers received goals from nine different players in the contest.

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersAthletics) and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding Rutgers men’s lacrosse, follow the program and Brecht on Twitter (@RUMLax and @RUlaxCoach) and Facebook. Fans can receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on our social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.

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