PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 17, 2014) – In its final nonconference game of the season, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team will take on No. 2 Duke in Durham, N.C., on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Record: 7-6, 2-3 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 80-75 (10th season)
Record at RU: 15-26 (Third season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 34
Assists: Scott Bieda - 17
Points: Scott Klimchak - 39
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 121
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 116
Record: 11-2, 4-1 ACC
Ranking: 2/2 (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: John Danowski (Rutgers, ‘76)
Career Record: 341-170 (32nd season)
Record at Duke: 122-31 (Eighth season)
Goals: Jordan Wolf - 40
Assists: Deemer Class - 23
Points: Jordan Wolf - 59
GBs: Brendan Fowler - 122
Saves: Luke Aaron – 134
SCOUTING THE DUKE BLUE DEVILS
Defending national champion Duke enters the game with an 11-2 overall record, with its only losses coming to then-No. 3 Maryland (March 1) and then-No. 5 Loyola (March 9). The Blue Devils have defeated six ranked opponents this season. Duke is ranked No. 2 in both major polls.
The Blue Devils rank second in the nation in points per game (22.23) and scoring offense (14.15). A 2013 USILA All-America Second Team member and 2014 Tewaraaton Award Watch List honoree Jordan Wolf leads Duke offensively. The senior attackman ranks fifth in the country in goals per game (3.08) and sixth in points per game (4.54).
Defensively, Luke Duprey is 20th nationally with 1.69 caused turnovers per game. In the cage, sophomore Luke Aaron is 13th in the country with a .551 save percentage.
John Danowski is in his eighth season at the helm.
Rutgers is 1-2 all-time against the Blue Devils. Last season, RU dropped a 16-7 contest at home. The Scarlet Knights win vs. Duke came in the first meeting of the series in 1958.
Duke head coach John Danowski is a 1976 graduate of Rutgers. He is a member of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame and was a member of three Scarlet Knight NCAA Tournament teams (‘72, ‘74, ‘75). Danowski ranks eighth on RU’s career points list (177) and second on the school’s all-time assists list (120).
- With a win, RU will secure its first winning season since the 2007 team finished 7-6. It will also be the most wins (eight) for the Scarlet Knights since the 2004 team went 8-6.
- Rutgers has scored in double-digits in each of its last eight games, tied for the longest streak in the country. Princeton has also scored 10-plus goals in eight consecutive contests.
- Rutgers has scored in double-digits in each of its last eight games. That’s its longest streak since the 1998 team scored 10-plus goals in eight straight games.
- The 167 goals for RU through the first 13 games of the season are the most for the squad through the first 13 contests since the 1998 team posted 176.
- RU has two BIG EAST wins, its most since the 2010 team also had two. With one more conference win, it would be the most BIG EAST victories in a season for the Scarlet Knights, who played their first season in the league in 2010.
- Rutgers has posted four wins at home, its most since the 2011 team also recorded four.
- RU ranks eighth in the country in scoring offense (through April 13), averaging 12.85 goals per game. Last season, the Scarlet Knights averaged 9.67 goals per game.
RU FALLS TO VILLANOVA
In its final home contest of the season, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell to Villanova, 15-11, at High Point Solutions Stadium on April 12. Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) tallied his 150th career point and totaled two goals and one assist, while junior M Rich Rambo (Abington, Pa.) led RU with three goals and one assist. The Scarlet Knights scored eight of the final 11 goals, but fell short in their comeback attempt.
KLIMCHAK IS BACK
Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has scored three or more goals in seven of the 13 games this season, tying his career-high with five goals in the opener vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8). He ranks 20th in the nation (through April 13) in goals/game and is currently sixth on RU’s career goals list with 120. With three points against Villanova, he surpassed 150 career points with a 120-32-152 GAP. The 152 points are the most for an RU player in his career since at least 2005. 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. Scott Klimchak (2010-14) 120
Named an Inside Lacrosse Midseason First Team All-American on March 26, junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has won an impressive 182-of-257 face-offs (.708 percent) this season and totaled 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 .708 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. On April 5 at Princeton, he won a season-high 20 face-offs. Nardella is also first in the nation (through April 13) in ground balls per game.
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 24 goals and 35 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. Against St. John’s on April 2, he tied his career-high with a four-goal performance. Trasolini has posted at least one point in all but two games this season.
BANK ON BIEDA
Sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) is on a hot streak for RU, posting multiple points in six of the last seven games. First, he earned Rutgers Player of the Game honors at No. 5 Denver for his five points on three goals and two assists. He followed that up with three more goals and two more assists vs. Marquette (March 29). Most recently vs. St. John’s (April 2), he set a career-high in points with six (three goals, three assists). This season, he has proven to be the squad’s best distributor, leading RU with 17 assists.
SAVE-ING THE DAY
Sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) has 116 saves in 12 games this season with a .504 save percentage. He totaled 21 saves at Virginia (Feb. 22), the most for a DI player in 2014. It marked the fourth time in his career he had 20 or more saves in a game and the first time this season. He is third in the BIG EAST in save percentage.
ROGERS TOUGH ON D
Starting the last seven contests on defense, sophomore D Branford Rogers (Ruckersville, Va.) had his best game of the season vs. St. John’s, tallying a career-high four caused turnovers, the most for an RU player this season. He is second on the team with 10 caused turnovers.
CONTINO CAUSING CHAOS
Senior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) has been impressive defensively this season, leading the squad with 14 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.
Redshirt senior M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition on April 7. He was a key contributor offensively for the Scarlet Knights on the week, posting six points on four goals and two assists. He started by posting a season-high three scores in a 16-13 BIG EAST win over St. John’s on April 2. He followed that up with one goal and two assists at No. 17 Princeton on April 5. He is second on the team in assists (15) and ground balls (26).
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. Later in the season against Villanova (April 12), he matched that, again posting three goals and one assist for four points.
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