PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 6, 2013) – Despite a late surge, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell to BIG EAST foe Villanova, 11-9, in Villanova, Pa., Saturday night. The Scarlet Knights were led by sophomore A Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.), who totaled one goal and two assists, and redshirt junior M Matt Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), who recorded a hat trick with three goals.
Led by second-year head coach Brian Brecht, RU fell to 2-9 (0-4 BIG EAST), while the Wildcats improved to 4-6 (3-0 BIG EAST). The Scarlet Knights notched a 14 to 10 saves advantage and sophomore FO Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) won 17 of 24 faceoffs. It marked the sixth game this season that Nardella totaled 15 or more faceoff wins in a game.
Goss recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season, while Klimchak posted his first on a season-high in goals.
Rutgers trailed 2-0 following the first quarter. The Scarlet Knights got on the board at the 13:51 mark in the second, when Klimchak scored his first goal of the game on an extra-man opportunity. With 3:51 remaining in the half, freshman M Jacob Coretti (E. Grand Rapids, Mich.) found the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2. Villanova notched the final two scores of the half to take a 4-2 lead into the break.
After an early man-up goal from the Wildcats in the third period, Rutgers went on a 3-0 run to end the quarter. Klimchak scored the first goal on a feed from freshman A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.), before Goss and redshirt junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) each found the back of the net to head to the final stanza with the score tied 5-5.
The Wildcats tallied five of the next six goals and led 10-6 with 4:07 left to play. The Scarlet Knights then answered and began a late comeback with their second 3-0 run of the game. Matt Klimchak scored a man-up goal before junior Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) put a ball past Villanova goalkeeper Reed Carlson, both assisted by Goss. Next, Coretti found the back of the net for the second time in the game to cut the Villanova lead to just one, 10-9, with 1:32 remaining.
A late Rutgers penalty gave the Wildcats a man-up opportunity, and they capitalized by scoring with just 25 seconds left in the game to put it out of reach.
Six Scarlet Knights scored goals in the contest and eight posted at least one point. Nardella led the squad with eight ground balls.
RU is back in action at home, taking on Princeton on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at Yurcak Field.
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