GAME 5 - RUTGERS (2-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) vs. STONY BROOK (2-2, 0-0 America East)
Saturday March 2, 1 p.m. RU Turf Field Piscataway, N.J.
Record: 2-2, 0-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 73-60 (Ninth season)
Record at RU: 8-11 (Second season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 11
Assists: Nick DePaolera - 8
Points: Nick DePaolera - 17
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 30
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 49
Record: 2-2, 0-0 America East
Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Jim Nagle (Loyola, ‘92)
Career Record: 160-115 (19th season)
Record at Stony Brook: 9-12 (Second season)
Goals: Jeff Tundo - 12
Assists: Jeff Tundo - 7
Points: Jeff Tundo - 19
GBs: Frank Lucatuorto - 24
Saves: Dan Shaughnessy – 43
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team returns home to the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex for the fourth time this season. The Scarlet Knights (2-2) are set to take on Stony Brook (2-2). The Seawolves are coming off an 11-7 win over BIG EAST competitor St. John’s on Feb. 26. Rutgers holds a 5-1 all-time record against Stony Brook. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2.
Scouting the Stony Brook Seawolves
The Seawolves come into the game with a 2-2 record on the season, with the losses coming against Marist (13-9) on Feb. 16 and No. 6 Virginia (13-7) on Feb. 23. Stony Brook is coming off an 11-7 victory over BIG EAST opponent St. John’s on Feb. 26.
Rutgers holds a 5-1 all-time record against the Seawolves in a series that dates back to 1994. The two squads last met on March 28, 2006 when RU picked up a 6-3 win.
The Seawolves are led offensively by Jeff Tundo, who has compiled 19 points (12 goals, 7 assists) in four games played this season. Defensively, Bryan Judge has caused a team-high six turnovers. Dan Shaughnessy is the netminder, compiling a .506 save percentage in 2013.
Rutgers Falls to UMBC
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell to UMBC, 11-7, in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 23. The Scarlet Knights were led by a career-high tying five goals from junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.). It marked Klimchak’s second-straight five-point performance following his four goal, one assist output in the win over Wagner (Feb. 19). He leads the team with 11 goals this season.
The Klimchak Attack
Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) is coming off an impressive two games last week, earning him BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 25) accolades. Klimchak led the team on the week, tallying 10 points including nine goals. He started by totaling four goals and one assist in a 20-10 win over Wagner (Feb. 19). He followed that up with another five-point performance, all goals, to lead the team in the loss at UMBC (Feb. 23). The five goals tied a career high.
Facing Off Among the Nation’s Best
Sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has been dominant in the faceoff circle through four games, ranking fifth in the country and first in the BIG EAST with a mark of .691 percent. The specialist is 67-97 (.691 percent) this season, including a 21-24 performance against Manhattan in the opener.
RU in the BIG EAST
In the conference, the Scarlet Knights rank first in assists per game (8.25), second in points per game (21.00) and second in goals per game (12.75). The squad is also tied for the league lead with four man-up goals in 2013.
Junior A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) has been strong in all phases of the offense this season for RU, scoring a point in every game and five or more points in three of the four games this season. He showed off his scoring skills against Manhattan (Feb. 10) by posting a career-high five goals. He followed that up by providing the helpers against Air Force (Feb. 16), notching a career-best five assists. Then, he tallied four goals and two assists against Wagner (Feb. 19). He leads the team in (8) and points with 17.
Giving it his All-eyne
Freshman GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) recorded an impressive 19 saves in the loss to Air Force to keep the Scarlet Knights in the game. In the opener against Manhattan, he allowed just six goals. He gave up just five in the win over Wagner (Feb. 19). He currently holds a 8.59 GAA with a .605 save percentage, second-best in the BIG EAST.
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