NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Feb. 10, 2013) – In its season opener, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team defeated Manhattan, 15-6, on the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights were led by a career-high five goals from junior A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) as well as multi-goal games from classmate M Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.) and freshman A Nick Kilkowski (Summit, N.J.).
“It’s certainly exciting to start the season,” said second-year head coach Brian Brecht. “To get out here at home on a nice day and play well, I’m excited about it. The players make plays. Fortunately, we got a lot of guys in today for quality minutes. They all did their job. Give a lot of credit to the players today.”
The 15 goals were the most by a Rutgers team since the season opener on Feb. 12, 2011 when that squad tallied 17 against Wagner. The Scarlet Knights improved to 11-0 all-time against the Jaspers.
DePaolera’s previous career-best in goals was two, which he had done five times, most recently against Villanova on April 7, ,2012. His five total points tied a career-high. Freshman GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) started in net for the Scarlet Knights and recorded 13 saves.
Overall, Rutgers doubled Manhattan with 28 groundballs to 14 for the Jaspers and outshot the Jaspers, 50-38. The Scarlet Knights went 22 for 25 in the faceoff circle with the help of a 21 of 24 (.875 percent) performance by sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.). Nardella finished third on the team with three points on one goal and two assists.
Rutgers started the game off by scoring the first four goals of the contest and held a 6-1 lead heading into halftime. DiGiovanni opened up the scoring at the 8:28 mark in the opening quarter. He would later find the net again with 41 seconds on the clock in the second stanza.
After an early second-half goal by DePaolera, the Jaspers responded with four-straight goals of their own to make the score 7-5. The Scarlet Knights responded, notching the next six goals in the game, led by two from DePaolera, who netted three goals in the third period.
RU tallied three goals in the fourth quarter and held Manhattan to one to secure the victory.
The Scarlet Knights are back in action at home on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. against Air Force. The game will be played in the RU Field Turf at the Stadium Complex.
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