PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 9, 2013) – Despite a balanced scoring attack, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team (2-5) fell to Army (4-2) Saturday afternoon at the RU Turf Field by a score of 10-8.
Sophomore FO Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) won 14-of-21 faceoffs, including all nine in the first half, and junior A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) led the charge offensively for the Scarlet Knights with two goals. Junior M Ben Schwing (Medford, N.J.) dished out two helpers in the loss.
Defensively, freshman goalie Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) stopped 13 shots, but drops to 2-5 on the season. The Black Knights were led by John Glesener with five points on four goals and an assist and Garrett Thul with two goals.
After trading goals to begin the contest, Army spurted off the next three to take a 4-1 lead with just under eight minutes to play in the second quarter. Rutgers answered before the half, as DePaolera and junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) each found the back of the net. RU trailed by one, 4-3, at the break.
After Army posted three of the first four goals coming out of the break, Rutgers answered with a 3-1 spurt of their own to come within one, 8-7, with just under nine minutes to play. Sophomore M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) stated the run off a pass from Schwing. Freshman M Jacob Coretti (E. Grand Rapids, Mich.) notched an unassisted score and Rich Rambo (Glendale, Pa.) corralled a pass from Klimchak to end the rally.
RU would come within one again at the 6:54 mark, as DePaolera buried a shot, but Army would score its final tally to account for the final score.
The Scarlet Knights begin BIG EAST play on the road next weekend at St. John’s. Game time is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at DaSilva Memorial Field.