GAME 8 - RUTGERS (2-5, 0-0 BIG EAST) at ST. JOHN’S (3-2, 0-1 BIG EAST)
Saturday March 16 1 p.m. ESPN3 DaSilva Memorial Field Queens, N.Y.
Record: 2-5, 0-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 73-63 (Ninth season)
Record at RU: 8-14 (Second season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 19
Assists: Nick DePaolera - 12
Points: Nick DePaolera - 26
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 60
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 90
Record: 3-2, 0-1 BIG EAST
Ranking: RV/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
Head Coach: Jason Miller (Springfield, ‘93)
Career Record: 32-56 (Seventh Season)
Record at St. John’s: Same
Goals: Kieran McArdle - 12
Assists: Kieran McArdle - 16
Points: Kieran McArdle - 28
GBs: Jordan Rothman - 17
Saves: Jeff Lowman – 58
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team begins BIG EAST play on the road, taking on St. John’s Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. This will be just the second of four away games for the Scarlet Knights in 2013. The Red Storm bring a 3-2 record into the game, including an 0-1 mark in conference play. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 from DaSilva Memorial Field in Queens, N.Y.
Scouting the St. John’s Red Storm
The Red Storm are 3-2 in 2013 and 0-1 in BIG EAST play, while receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse Media poll. The squad is coming off a 13-11 loss to No. 12/10 Syracuse (March 9). RU and St. John’s have common opponents in Holy Cross and Stony Brook. The Scarlet Knights lost to the Crusaders (9-8), who St. John’s beat, 11-9, Feb. 16. Each team lost to the Seawolves, but Rutgers took them to triple overtime.
Rutgers holds a 16-5 record all-time against St. John’s, dating back to 1984. Last Season, the Scarlet Knights lost (7-6) to the Red Storm on March 17.
St. John’s is led by junior A Kieran McArdle, who leads the team in goals (12), assists (16) and points (28). McArdle ranks first in the BIG EAST with 5.60 points per game (third in the nation) and 3.20 assists per game and tied for third with 2.40 goals per game.
Scarlet Knights Drop 10-8 Contest to Army
Despite a balanced scoring attack, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell to Army on March 9 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.
The Klimchak Attack
Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has been on a roll in his past five games, scoring 17 of his 19 goals this season and posting all five of his assists. The junior attackman ranks first on the team with 19 goals and second with 24 points. He has had five-straight games with three or more points in 2013. He was tied for 21st in the NCAA with 2.71 goals per game as of March 10 and is currently second in the BIG EAST.
Closing in on 100
Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has tallied 98 points in his career, with 73 goals and 25 assists. He is just two short of the century mark.
Contino Causing Turnovers
Junior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) leads the team with nine caused turnovers in 2013, including a career-high tying four against Army on March 9.
Facing Off Among the Nation’s Best
Sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has been dominant in the faceoff circle through seven games, ranking second in the country (March 10) and first in the BIG EAST with a mark of .677 percent. The specialist is 109-161 this season, including a 21-24 performance against Manhattan in the opener. He is also sixth in the country (second in the BIG EAST), collecting an average of 8.57 ground balls per game.
RU in the NCAA
The Scarlet Knights ranked 19th in points per game (17.57) and 22nd in goals per game (10.71) as of March 10.
RU in the BIG EAST
In the conference, Rutgers ranks second in assists (6.86/g) and tied for first in man-up goals (8). The Scarlet Knights are third in goals (10.71/g) and second in points (17.57/g).
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 four of the seven games this season. His goals and assists numbers have been identical are 14 and 12, respectively. 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. He leads the team in points (26) and assists. He was tied for 30th in the NCAA with 1.71 assists per game and tied for 34th with 3.71 points per game as of March 10.
Giving it his All-eyne
Freshman GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) recorded an impressive 19 saves in the loss to Air Force (Feb. 16) 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), and tallied his second-best performance of the year with 16 saves against Stony Brook (March 2). He currently holds a 8.68 GAA, and ranked 20th in the NCAA in that category as of March 10. His 12.86 saves per game are first in the BIG EAST and 13th in the nation.
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