PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 25, 2014) – In its final regular season contest, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team heads to Washington, D.C., to take on BIG EAST foe Georgetown on Saturday, April 26, at noon. With a win, the Scarlet Knights would secure the No. 4 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament.
Record: 7-7, 2-3 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 80-76 (10th season)
Record at RU: 15-27 (Third season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 36
Assists: Scott Bieda - 18
Points: Scott Klimchak - 41
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 132
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 116
Record: 4-9, 1-4 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Kevin Warne (Hofstra, ‘00)
Career Record: 10-18 (Second season)
Record at Georgetown: Same
Goals: Peter Conley - 21
Assists: Bo Stafford - 17
Points: Peter Conley - 33
GBs: Tyler Knarr - 138
Saves: Jake Haley – 135
SCOUTING THE GEORGETOWN HOYAS
Georgetown enters the game at 4-9 overall, with a 1-4 record in the BIG EAST. The only conference win for the Hoyas came vs. Providence, 10-8, on April 5. Rutgers downed the Friars, 12-6, on March 15.
Offensively, Peter Conley leads Georgetown with 21 goals and 33 points. Defensively, Preseason All-BIG EAST Team member John Urbank is 36th in the country with 1.38 caused turnovers per game.
FO Tyler Knarr ranks fourth nationally with a .641 win percentage and is second in the country with 10.62 ground balls per game.
Kevin Warne is in his second season as the head coach.
Rutgers is 0-16 all-time against the Hoyas. Last season, the Scarlet Knights fell 15-7 at home on April 27.
Rutgers senior M Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) and Georgetown senior M Steve Grembowiec each attended Kinnelon HS. RU freshman A Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.) and GU freshman M Nick Carpenter each attended Paul VI.
- With a win, Rutgers secures the No. 4 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament, holding a 3-3 conference record. RU can only be the four seed. St. John’s is 3-3, and Villanova (with a loss to Providence on April 26) also has the potential to finish 3-3 in league play. Rutgers would get the four seed with a win because of the head-to-head victory over the Red Storm. Villanova would get the No. 3 seed because of the win over Marquette, which beat both RU and St. John’s.
- 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 eight straight games this season. That’s its longest streak since the 1998 team scored 10-plus goals in eight straight games.
- The 175 goals for RU through the first 14 games of the season are the most for the squad through the first 14 contests since the 1998 team posted 185.
- 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 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 12.50 goals per game. Last season, the Scarlet Knights averaged 9.67 goals per game.
RU FALLS AT NO. 2 DUKE
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.
KLIMCHAK IS BACK
Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has scored two or more goals in 10 of the 14 games this season, tying his career-high with five goals in the opener vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8). He ranks 22nd in the nation (through April 20) in goals/game and is currently seventh on RU’s career goals list with 122. Klimchak has 36 goals this season, four shy of tying for 10th place (40) on RU’s single season list. With three points against Villanova, he surpassed 150 career points. He now has 122-32-154 GAP. The 154 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. Jack Daut (1955-57) 124
7. Scott Klimchak (2010-14) 122
Named an Inside Lacrosse Midseason First Team All-American on March 26, junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has won an impressive 196-of-285 face-offs (.688 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 .688 win percentage is second 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 20) with 11.00 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 26 goals and 37 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 seven of the last eight 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 18 assists.
CONTINO CAUSING CHAOS
Senior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) has been impressive defensively this season, leading the squad with 15 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 (16).
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 also had four points (3g, 1a) at Princeton (April 5). He is tied for third on the team with 16 goals and is third with 13 assists.
Ten Rutgers freshmen have seen action this season, including 14 starts by freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), two by D Chris Groel (Los Angeles, Calif.) and one by A Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.). Trasolini is second on the team in goals (26) and points (37).
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