PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 9, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 9/10 Princeton, 13-8, at Yurcak Field Tuesday night. The game was tied 6-6 late in the second quarter before the Tigers went on a 5-0 run to hold off the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers was led by redshirt junior M Matt Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), who tallied his second-straight hat trick and notched one assist for four points on the night.
RU dropped to 2-10 overall, while Princeton improved to 7-3. The Scarlet Knights collected 34 ground balls compared to the Tigers’ 30. Princeton totaled 43 shots, while Rutgers accumulated 40. Defensively, junior Andrew Parrilla (Wyckoff, N.J.) caused a career-high five turnovers, while junior Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) tied his career-best performance with four caused turnovers.
Eight Scarlet Knights recorded at least one point, while four notched multi-point games. Redshirt junior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) joined his brother in the scoring efforts, finding the back of the net twice for his seventh multi-point game of the season.
Princeton got on the board first with a goal by Tom Schreiber, who had three on the night, just 1:15 into the game. Schreiber joined teammates Mike MacDonald and Jeff Froccaro as the three Tigers to tally four points in the contest. Matt Klimchak followed that up with an unassisted goal of his own at the 10:21 mark. The Tigers then went on a 3-0 run that extended into the second quarter to take a 4-1 lead.
Rutgers scored five of the next seven goals, starting with freshman A Scott Beida (Bridgewater, N.J.) at 14:24 in the second, who also recorded an assist later in the game for his seventh multi-point game of 2013. After a Princeton goal, Matt Klimchak put a ball past Tiger goalkeeper Matt O’Connor, before freshman M Jacob Coretti (E. Grand Rapids, N.J.) scored. Coretti would also notch an assist later in the game.
Matt Klimchak notched a man-up goal with 6:59 remaining in the half and after another Princeton goal, junior A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) tied the game, 6-6, with a goal at the 5:45 mark in the second. The Tigers scored the next five goals of the contest to take an 11-6 lead at 3:42 in the third stanza.
Scott Klimchak would make the final surge for RU, scoring both of his goals in the last 16 minutes of the game, but Princeton matched Klimchak’s output to secure the 13-8 victory.
Rutgers is back in action on the road, taking on Syracuse in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m.
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