PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 24, 2013) – Despite a late fourth-quarter rally, the Rutgers lacrosse team’s upset bid of No. 3 Notre Dame fell just short, 7-6, Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field. Sophomore M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) posted two goals, as RU (2-7, 0-2) outscored UND (6-1, 1-0) 4-3 in the fourth quarter.
Eight Scarlet Knights registered a point, as junior A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) and redshirt junior M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) each tallied a goal and an assist.
Defensively, freshman goalie Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) was a force between the pipes, making 14 saves and grabbing four groundballs. The Scarlet Knights forced the Irish into 11 turnovers.
Notre Dame was led by Jim Marlatt with three scores, including the eventual game-winning tally. Matt Kavanaugh scored twice.
Rutgers posted the first two scores to grab a 2-0 lead with 11 minutes to play in the second quarter. Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) got on the board first, corralling a pass from DePaolera. A fast-break score from Terranova capped the rally.
Notre Dame answered with two tallies to even the score before the break. Kavanagh scored at the 5:35 mark and Ryan Foley made it 2-2 with 1:02 before halftime.
The Irish made a 2-0 run in the third quarter to hold a 4-2 lead heading into the fourth stanza.
The Scarlet Knights would not relent, scoring the first goal of the fourth period to pull within one, 4-3. DePaolera rocketed a shot past John Kemp on a set play with 13:45 to play. Marlatt scored the next two for ND to push the advantage to three, 6-3.
Goss scored two-straight of his own to pull RU within one again, 6-5. The first, a rip on the break, came with 5:03 to play. With 3:26 remaining, Goss found the net again, this time off a pass from Zach Sikora (Clifton, Va.).
Marlatt answered for the Irish on a rip from straight away. A break-away goal from Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) gave the Scarlet Knights a chance to tie with 47 seconds remaining, but UND was able to run out the clock.
Rutgers will be back in action on Saturday, March 30 against Providence. Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Yurcak Field.