VILLANOVA, Pa. (May 1, 2014) – The No. 4 seeded Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell to top-seeded and No. 2 ranked Denver, 14-7, in the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals Saturday. Senior M Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.) and junior M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) led RU with two goals apiece, while sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) notched three assists.
The Scarlet Knights moved to 8-8, while the Pioneers improved to 13-2.
Sophomore GK Jake Andersen (Flemington, N.J.) tallied 11 saves for the Scarlet Knights, including 10 in the first half.
Denver scored the only two goals of the first quarter, including an extra man goal 3:38 into the contest.
The Scarlet Knights got on the board early in the second quarter as Goss zipped one past Pioneers GK Ryan LaPlante on a feed from redshirt senior M Matthew Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) just 47 seconds in. Soon after, senior M Nicholas DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) netted one of his own to knot the game at 2-2 with 11:35 to go in the half.
Denver followed that up with three-straight goals, including another man-up, and led 5-2 going into the break.
The Pioneers scored six of the eight goals in the third period. Both Rutgers goals came from DiGiovanni and Denver led 11-4 at the end of the third stanza.
The Scarlet Knights received goals from redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), Goss and redshirt senior M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) in the final quarter, but it wouldn’t be enough as Denver posted three of its own to secure the win.
Wesley Berg led the Pioneers with seven points on five goals and two assists.
- RU's eight wins in 2014 is its most since the 2004 team also posted eight.
- The 8-8 record for the Scarlet Knights is its best since the 2007 team went 7-6.
- Steve DiGiovanni finished with two goals, tying his career high. He had previously done it two other times, most recently at Georgetown on April 26, 2014.
- Scott Bieda tied his career high with three assists. He has done it three other times, most recently at Georgetown on April 26, 2014.
- Jake Andersen tallied 11 saves, his third-straight game with double-digits in that category.
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