PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 30, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team travels to Philadelphia, Pa., to take on Drexel and Penn in exhibition matchups Saturday, Feb. 2. The Scarlet Knights will take on Drexel at noon and Penn at 2 p.m.
Second-year head coach Brian Brecht has five returning starters from a season ago, including 54 percent of the team’s point-scoring. Leadership will be provided by the four team captains, featuring senior defenseman Edward Bartleson (Morristown, N.J.), junior defenseman Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.), sophomore midfielder Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and redshirt junior midfielder Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.).
Two of Rutgers’ top three point-scorers from 2012 are still on the roster, with junior attackman Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.), who finished second on the team last year with 37 points (15g, 12a), and classmate attackman Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), who tallied 34 points on 27 goals and seven assists in 2012.
Goss returns for his second stint with the Scarlet Knights after posting 11 goals and nine assists last season. He was the fifth-leading point-scorer and the only freshman to start all 15 games for Rutgers. Also at midfield, sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) returns to the faceoff circle after collecting a team-high 52 groundballs in 2012 and recording a 109-206 (.529 percent) win-loss on faceoff attempts.
Defensively, the Scarlet Knights welcome back their top two performers. Contino caused a team-best 24 turnovers in 2012, followed by classmate Christopher Zybrick (Kinnelon, N.J.), who caused 17.
In goal, Rutgers returns two players with starting experience in 2012. Senior Rudy Butler (Belle Mead, N.J.) got the nod in five games, compiling a 9.60 goals against average (GAA). Junior Steven Lusby (Severna Park, Md.) started in seven games and finished the season with an 11.12 GAA.
The Quakers are coming off a 3-10 season in 2012 and are led by fourth-year head coach Mike Murphy. The Dragons went 8-8 last season, losing in the CAA finals to UMass, a team that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Drexel is under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Brian Voelker.
Rutgers is scheduled to open its regular season schedule at home against Manhattan Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersAthletics) and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding Rutgers men’s lacrosse, follow the program and Brecht on Twitter (@RUMLax and @RUlaxCoach) and Facebook. Fans can receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on our social media outlets along withwww.ScarletKnights.com.