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Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse Welcomes BIG EAST Foe Providence
Scarlet Knights host the Friars Saturday night
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    GAME 10 - RUTGERS (2-7, 0-2 BIG EAST) vs. PROVIDENCE (6-3, 0-2 BIG EAST)

    Saturday March 30   7 p.m.   RVision   Yurcak Field    Piscataway, N.J.


    Record: 2-7, 0-2 BIG EAST
    Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
    Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
    Career Record: 73-65 (Ninth season)
    Record at RU: 8-16 (Second season)


    Statistical Leaders

    Goals: Scott Klimchak - 21
    Assists: Nick DePaolera - 13
    Points: Nick DePaolera - 28
    GBs: Joseph Nardella - 78
    Saves: Kris Alleyne – 110



    Record: 6-3, 0-2 BIG EAST
    Ranking: NR/NR (IL Media/USILA Coaches)
    Head Coach: Chris Gabrielli (UMass, ‘01)
    Career Record: 6-3 (First Season)
    Record at Providence: Same


    Statistical Leaders
    Goals: Sean Wright - 27
    Assists: Andrew Barton - 15
    Points: Wright/Barton - 34
    GBs: Ryan Shaw - 59
    Saves: Jack Connelly – 92


    Facing Off

    The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team (2-7, 0-2 BIG EAST) returns to Yurcak field to host conference foe Providence (6-3, 0-2) on Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. The game marks the eighth home game of the season for the Scarlet Knights and is scheduled to be broadcast live by RVision, presented by AT&T.


    Scouting the Providence Friars

    The Friars hold a 6-3 record this season, including an 0-2 mark in BIG EAST play. The squad is coming off a 10-9 win over Bryant (March 26). Prior to that, Providence had lost three-straight games, including two conference matchups against Syracuse (March 19) and Georgetown (March 16).


    Rutgers is an undefeated 3-0 all-time against Providence in a series that started in 2010. Last season, the Scarlet Knights picked up a close 8-7 win on the road on March 31.


    As a team, the Friars are third in the BIG EAST in goals per game (11.67), points per game (17.67) and ground balls (30.11). Providence is the best team in the conference in putting shots on goal, averaging 25.00 per contest. Defensively, the cause 8.11 turnovers per game, second in the league.


    Individually, the Friars are led by Sean Wright and Andrew Barton. Wright has scored a team-high 27 goals and notched seven assists for 34 points. He ranks first in the BIG EAST in goals (3.00/g) and tied for second with Barton in points per game (3.78). Barton has also compiled 34 points this year on a more balanced attack, scoring 19 goals and notching 15 assists. Jack Connelly will be in the cage for Providence, averaging 10.22 saves per game (third in the conference).


    Rutgers’ Upset Bid vs. No. 3 Notre Dame Falls Short

    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.


    Reaching the Century Mark

    Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) scored a goal against No. 3 Notre Dame (March 24) for his 100th career point. He has totaled 75 goals and 25 assists in his career.


    Giving it his All-eyne

    Freshman GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) is coming off a 14 save performance against Notre Dame (March 24), earning his first BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll accolade. He allowed just seven goals in the game. Earlier in 2013, he recorded an impressive 19 saves in the loss to Air Force (Feb. 16). 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 9.34 GAA, and ranked 29th in the NCAA (fifth BIG EAST), and a .582 save percentage, 13th in the nation (fourth BIG EAST) as of March 24. His 12.56 saves per game are second in the BIG EAST and 12th in the nation


    Oh My Goss

    Sophomore M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) is coming off a two-goal game against No. 3 Notre Dame, his second-highest total in a game this season. Earlier in the year, he tallied a career-high three goals against Wagner (Feb. 19).


    Facing Off Among the Nation’s Best

    Sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has been dominant in the faceoff circle through nine games, ranking third in the country (March 24) and first in the BIG EAST with a mark of .660 percent. The specialist is 142-215 this season. He is also fourth in the country (first in the BIG EAST) as of March 24, collecting an average of 8.67 ground balls per game.


    The Klimchak Attack

    Junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has been on a roll in his past seven games, scoring 19 of his 21 goals this season and posting all five of his assists. The junior attackman ranks first on the team with 21 goals and second with 26 points. He was tied for 40th in the NCAA with 2.33 goals per game as of March 24 and is currently tied for fourth in the BIG EAST.


    Contino Causing Turnovers

    Junior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) leads the team with 11 caused turnovers in 2013, including a career-high tying four against Army on March 9. He is coming off a two CT game against No. 3 Notre Dame (March 24).


    Cin-Nardella Man

    Rutgers sophomore Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) had a career day against BIG EAST foe St. John’s on March 16, setting an RU record with 27 faceoff wins, which ranks fourth in BIG EAST history and tied for ninth in NCAA history. He also collected a career-best 14 ground balls and tied his personal best by helping out on offense with two assists.


    RU in the NCAA

    The Scarlet Knights ranked 24th in points per game (16.89) and tied for 25th in goals per game (10.44) as of March 24.


    RU in the BIG EAST

    Rutgers is fourth in goals (10.44/g), third in assists (6.33/g), first in ground balls (30.22/g) and fourth in points (16.78/g).


    Balanced Attack-Man

    Junior A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) has been strong in all phases of the offense this season for RU, scoring a point in all but one game and five or more points in four games this season. His goals and assists numbers are 15 and 13, 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 (28) and assists.


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