PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 16, 2014) – With graduation approaching on Sunday, May 18, 14 Rutgers seniors have concluded their RU careers and left their mark on the program, including: Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.), Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.), Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.), Matt Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), Steven Lusby (Severna Park, Md.), Jack Matthews (Baltimore, Md.), Peter Noto (Webster, N.Y.), Andrew Parrilla (Wyckoff, N.J.), Kyle Robinson (Jersey City, N.J.), Benjamin Schwing (Medford, N.J.), Ryan Scott (Easton, Pa.), Joe Stottler (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.).
These 14 student-athletes played a vital role in the resurgence of the Scarlet Knights, leaving the program better than they found it with eight wins (8-8) in 2014, the most for RU since the 2004 team also won eight games. Rutgers made its first BIG EAST Championship since joining the conference in 2010 and made its first postseason appearance since 2004.
“I am proud of this senior class as student-athletes and for all they have accomplished,” said head coach Brian Brecht. “They put their stamp on Rutgers lacrosse and now become alumni after all the hard work they put in during their careers. All 14 had an integral role both on and off the field to help Rutgers earn its first BIG EAST Tournament postseason berth in its final season in the league as we enter the Big Ten conference next year.”
The seniors also led the Scarlet Knights to an 8-7 record in the regular season, its best record since the 2007 team went 7-6, and three BIG EAST wins, its most since joining the league.
Combined, the seniors totaled 554 games of experience, 276 goals, 142 assists and 484 ground balls in Scarlet Knight uniforms. Together, these 14 student-athletes tallied 47 percent of RU’s goal scoring and 43 percent of the team’s total points in 2014.
Three of the seniors earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors in their careers. In 2014, Contino and Terranova were each recognized. As a freshman in 2011, Scott Klimchak also earned second team honors.
Contino was a force for Rutgers defensively, causing 84 turnovers in his career and collecting 102 ground balls. He started in all 61 of the squad’s games since he arrived at RU. Klimchak scored 124 career goals, tied for sixth on RU’s all-time list and Terranova finished with 37 goals, 30 assists and 75 ground balls.
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