PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 16, 2013) – Despite recording a season-high 54 shots, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team couldn’t capitalize and fell to St. John’s, 20-13, in its first BIG EAST matchup of the season in Queens, N.Y., Saturday. Ten different Scarlet Knights scored goals while 12 totaled at least one point.
RU dropped to 2-6 on the season and moved to 0-1 in conference play. The Red Storm improved to 3-2 and 1-1 in league play. Rutgers moved to 16-6 all-time against St. John’s and gave up its most goals in a game since surrendering 22 against Syracuse on April 15, 2007.
The Scarlet Knights held a 54 to 43 shot advantage, collected a season-high 44 ground balls and won 27 of the 37 faceoffs in the game.
Sophomore FO Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) set new career-bests in ground balls (14) and faceoffs won (27). His previous high in ground balls was 12 (Marist, March 13, 2012) and faceoffs won was 21 (Manhattan, Feb. 10, 2013). He notched a .730 win percentage in the faceoff circle.
Rutgers was led by two goals from juniors M Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.), junior A Kyle Robinson (Jersey City, N.J.) and freshman A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.). DiGiovanni and Bieda tied their career-highs in that category, while Robinson set a new personal best.
Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) netted one goal to give him 99 career points.
The Scarlet Knights held a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period following goals from DiGiovanni, sophomore M Rich Rambo (Glendale, Pa.) and junior M Ryan Scott (Easton, Pa.). The Red Storm scored 10 of the next 11 goals of the contest extending to the 12:08 mark in the third quarter to take a 12-4 lead.
Rutgers received third period goals from Bieda, junior M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.), who also posted an assist in the game, and Klimchak, but trailed 16-7 through three quarters.
The Scarlet Knights went on a late surge, scoring six of the last seven goals, including five in the last 2:31 of the game. Robinson (2), DiGiovanni, and freshmen Pat Carotenuto (Towson, Md.), Danny Plant (Huntington, N.Y.) and Ryan Hollingsworth (Martinsville, N.J.) each scored goals in the final period, but the attack wasn’t enough to catch St. John’s.
BIG EAST play continues at home for RU as the squad next takes on Notre Dame on Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m.
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