PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 19, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team dropped a 17-8 contest at No. 2 Duke in Durham, N.C., on Saturday. Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) and freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) each totaled two goals.
Rutgers moved to 7-7 on the season, while Duke improved to 12-2. Sophomore GK Jake Andersen (Flemington, N.J.) made his second career start, tallying a personal-best 11 saves.
The Blue Devils jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Rutgers answered, as sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) put the Scarlet Knights on the board first. RU cut Duke’s lead to 3-2 just six seconds later, as junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) won the ensuing faceoff and fed it to Trasolini, who put it in the back of the cage with 9:30 to go in the first quarter.
Duke posted four scores in a row and extended its lead to 7-2 with 12:39 to go in the half. Rutgers stopped the run with back-to-back goals from Klimchak and freshman A Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.), trimming Duke’s lead to 7-4 with 7:04 on the clock in the second quarter. Duke tallied three more scores and led 10-4 at the midpoint.
The Scarlet Knights posted the first two scores of the second half, as Klimchak put one past the Duke goalkeeper before Nardella won the ensuing faceoff and took it all the way on his own, cutting the Blue Devils’ lead to 10-6 with 9:43 to go in the third. Duke responded, scoring the next four goals and led 14-6 at the end of the third quarter.
Rutgers received goals from junior M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Trasolini in the final period, but Duke recorded three more scores and picked up the 17-8 victory.
The Blue Devils were led by six goals and two assists from Jordan Wolf, as well as one goal and five assists from Myles Jones.
The Scarlet Knights are back in action in their final game of the regular season, taking on BIG EAST foe Georgetown in Washington, D.C., at noon. A Rutgers win would secure the squad a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament.
- Jake Andersen made a career-high 11 saves. His previous best was nine vs. Villanova on April 12, 2014.
- Brian Goss scooped a career-high four ground balls. His previous best was three, which he had done five times, most recently vs. St. John’s on April 2, 2014.
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