PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 28, 2014) – With the conclusion of the Division I men’s lacrosse season Monday, the 2014 season is officially in the books. In its final year in the BIG EAST, Rutgers had its best season in 10 years. RU posted an 8-8 record, its most wins since the 2004 team went 8-6.
The Scarlet Knights made their first BIG EAST Championship since joining the conference in 2010, their first postseason appearance since 2004. RU posted an 8-7 mark in regular season play, its best winning percentage in the regular season since the 2007 team went 7-6. Rutgers tallied three BIG EAST victories, its most in a season since joining the league.
The program notched four Second Team All-BIG EAST members, being represented with one player in each of the position groups: attack, midfield, defense and specialists. Sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.), senior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.), junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and redshirt senior M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) were each recognized.
This season, the Scarlet Knights’ offense went off, scoring 194 goals. Rutgers averaged 12.12 goals per game in 2014, compared to a 9.67 mark a year ago, scoring 10 or more goals in 12 contests. The squad ranked 10th nationally and second in the conference in scoring offense, and eighth in the country in points per game (19.56).
RU was led offensively by redshirt senior Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), who posted 38 goals and five assists. He finished his RU career with 124 goals, tied for sixth on the school’s all-time list.
Bieda also had an impressive sophomore campaign, leading the team with 24 assists and finishing second with 42 points. He concluded the season 11th overall in the conference with 2.80 points per game, and third in league contests with 4.17 per game.
Midfield play was led by Terranova, who tied for third on the team with 18 goals and was second with 17 assists, concluding the season fourth on the squad with 35 points.
Defensively, Contino caused 19 turnovers, including 11 against BIG EAST opponents. He finished eighth in the BIG EAST with 1.19 caused turnovers per game. Senior Andrew Parrilla (Wyckoff, N.J.) scooped 35 ground balls, ranking second on the team and first among the Rutgers defenders.
Nardella finished fifth nationally and second in the BIG EAST with a .632 face-off winning percentage (206-of-326), and was fourth in the country and second in the conference with 9.79 ground balls per game. He added a perfect 18-of-18 mark vs. Richmond (March 17), the sixth-best 1.000 percent performance in NCAA Division I history.
In goal, sophomores Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) and Jake Andersen (Flemington, N.J.) each contributed at a high level, posting .504 and .512 save percentages, respectively. Alleyne made 13 appearances, including 12 starts. Andersen played in eight games and got the nod four times, including the final three games of the season.
Freshmen also had a large impact on RU’s success in 2014. Ten rookies saw action for the Scarlet Knights and A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) started in all 16 games. Trasolini ranked second on the team with 40 points (27 goals, 13 assists).
Rutgers started the season 6-2, its best start since the 2004 squad also started 6-2. Among those first six wins was a thrilling overtime victory on the road over No. 20 Army (March 4), the first victory for RU over a ranked opponent since downing No. 11 Notre Dame on March 27, 2010. It gave the seniors their first win over the Black Knights.
Following two losses, the Scarlet Knights rebounded at home, defeating rival St. John’s on April 2 for their first win over the Red Storm since 2009.
Four games later and needing a win to secure a spot in the BIG EAST Championship in the final game of the regular season, Rutgers took down league foe Georgetown on the road. The win over the Hoyas was the first in program history. The Scarlet Knights received the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament and fell to No. 2 Denver (May 1) in Villanova, Pa.
Next season, Rutgers will play in the newly-formed Big Ten lacrosse conference. The six-team league includes sport affiliate member Johns Hopkins, as well as Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.
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