PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 31, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team hosts its second-straight home game, taking on BIG EAST foe St. John’s on Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in High Point Solutions Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on RVision, presented by AT&T. Kyle Franko and Rick Mercurio will be on the call.
Wednesday’s game is set for Lacrosse Jersey Knight. Adults wearing lacrosse jerseys receive $5 tickets, while youth “Junior Knights” get in for free. The first 50 fans receive a free license plate frame.
Record: 6-4, 1-2 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 79-73 (10th season)
Record at RU: 14-24 (Third season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 29
Assists: Scott Bieda - 13
Points: Scott Klimchak - 32
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 82
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 106
Record: 6-3, 2-0 BIG EAST
Ranking: RV/RV (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Jason Miller (Springfield, ‘93)
Career Record: 44-61 (Eighth season)
Record at St. John’s: 44-61 (Eighth season)
Goals: Kieran McArdle - 28
Assists: Kieran McArdle - 25
Points: Kieran McArdle - 53
GBs: Mario Carrera - 43
Saves: Joseph Danaher – 99
SCOUTING THE ST. JOHN’S RED STORM
St. John’s enters the contest 6-3 overall, with a 2-0 mark in BIG EAST play, receiving votes in both major polls. In conference play, the Red Storm have wins vs. Georgetown and at Providence. They are currently on a four-game win streak, including a standout victory vs. Hofstra, 11-10 (OT), on March 18. Hofstra is currently ranked No. 20 in the USILA Coaches Poll.
Offensively, BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Tewaaraton Award Watch List member Kieran McArdle leads the charge. The senior leads the conference in points, goals and assists per game, ranking third in the nation with 5.89 points per game. St. John’s is 15th in the country in scoring offense (11.89 goals per game).
Defensively, freshman GK Joseph Danaher leads the BIG EAST in saves per game (11.00) and is second in save percentage (.529). Defenseman Mark DiFrangia is 14th in the nation with 1.89 caused turnovers per game.
Jason Miller is in his eighth season as head coach.
Rutgers is 16-5 all-time vs. St. John’s. Last season, the Scarlet Knights suffered a 20-13 loss on the road.
Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht played lacrosse at Springfield College, graduating in 1995. St. John’s head coach Jason Miller also played lacrosse at Springfield, graduating two years earlier in 1993.
TEAM SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
- Rutgers has scored in double-digits in each of its last five games, tied for the fourth longest streak in the country. Cornell leads, having posted 10 or more goals in each of its last 20 contests.
- The 129 goals for RU through the first 10 games of the season are the most for the squad through the first 10 contests since the 1998 team posted 149.
- RU has started the season 6-4, its best start since the 2004 team started 7-3. The 2004 squad finished the year 8-6.
- RU ranks eighth in the country in scoring offense, averaging 12.90 goals per game. Last season, the Scarlet Knights averaged 9.67 goals per game.
- As a team, RU scooped 41 ground balls, its most since recording 44 at St. John’s (March 16, 2013).
- The 20 goals for the Scarlet Knights were the most since a 20-10 win over Wagner on Feb. 19 last season.
- The 15-goal victory for RU was its largest margin since downing Wagner on the road, 24-4, on Feb. 21, 2010.
- The 46 shots for Rutgers were the most since the squad tallied 54 at St. John’s on March 16, 2013.
- RU has scored 10 or more goals in each of its first three games this season. The last time the Scarlet Knights started the season with three-straight 10 or more goal performances was in 2011, when the squad did it in each of the first four games.
- RU held Stony Brook’s Brody Eastwood to just one goal. He came in averaging 4.33/game, which ranked second in the nation.
- The win marked the first for Rutgers over a ranked opponent since downing No. 11 Notre Dame, 10-8, on March 27, 2010.
- The Scarlet Knights won an overtime game for the first time since winning 8-7 at Providence on March 31, 2012.
- Rutgers beat Army for the first time since a 10-9 win on March 5, 2007.
- RU scored nine goals, the most scored against Army this season. The previous most was six by Lafayette and UMass.
- Coming in, Army ranked first in the nation in scoring defense, allowing an average of 5.00 goals per game.
- The 55 shots for the Scarlet Knights were the most since the squad recorded 55 at Wagner on Feb. 21, 2010.
- The four goals allowed by the Scarlet Knights were the fewest since letting up just one in an 11-1 victory at St. Joseph’s on March 5, 2011.
- Rutgers won its BIG EAST opener for the first time since it downed Notre Dame, 10-8, on March 27, 2010.
- Rutgers collected a season-high 42 ground balls, its most since scooping 44 at St. John’s on March 16, 2013.
- Junior Joe Nardella put together the fifth-best 1.000 percent face-off performance in NCAA Division I history and the best all-time in the BIG EAST.
RU DROPS CLOSE GAME TO MARQUETTE
Despite a late-game surge, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team (6-4, 1-2 BIG EAST) dropped a 14-13 contest to Marquette (3-6, 1-1 BIG EAST) at High Point Solutions Stadium on March 29. Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) scored a team-high four goals and sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) posted five points on three goals and two assists.
KLIMCHAK IS BACK
Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has scored three or more goals in seven of the 10 games this season, tying his career-high with five goals in the opener vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8). He ranks 12th in the nation in goals/game and is currently sixth on RU’s career goals list with 115. Klimchak’s 23-game point scoring streak, dating back to April 14, 2012, with 57-11-68 GAP in the span, ended vs. Monmouth on March 8.
RU Career Goals List
5. Ryan O’Shea (1992-95) 128
6. Scott Klimchak (2010-14) 115
Named an Inside Lacrosse Midseason First Team All-American on March 26, junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has won an impressive 126-of-165 face-offs (.764 percent) this season and totaling 10 or more wins in every game he has played. Against Richmond, he won 18-of-18 face-offs, the fifth-best 1.000 percent performance in NCAA DI history. His .764 win percentage leads the nation. He also collected a career-high 17 ground balls vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8), the most for a DI player this season. He averages 10.13 ground balls per game, fourth in the country.
BANK ON BIEDA
Sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) is on a hot streak for RU, posting a career-high five points in two-straight games. First, he earned Rutgers Player of the Game honors at No. 5 Denver for his career-high five points on three goals and two assists. He followed that up with three more goals and two more assists vs. Marquette (March 29). This season, he has proven to be the squad’s best distributor, leading RU with 13 assists.
TRASOLINI ON A TEAR
Freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) has made an impact this season, sitting second on the team with 19 goals and 28 points. Against Providence on March 15, he posted a career-high six points on three goals and three assists, earning BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition. He earned weekly honors again on March 24 after tallying a career-high four goals at No. 5 Denver. He also added an assist for five points. Trasolini has posted at least one point in all but one game this season.
SAVE-ING THE DAY
Sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) has 106 saves in 10 games this season with a .544 save percentage. He totaled 21 saves at Virginia (Feb. 22), the most for a DI player this season. It marked the fourth time in his career he had 20 or more saves in a game and the first time this season. He ranks 20th in the nation in save percentage.
CONTINO CAUSING CHAOS
Senior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) has been impressive defensively this season, leading the squad with 13 CTs. At Stony Brook (March 1), he shut down the Seawolves’ Brody Eastwood, who was previously ranked No. 2 in the country with 4.33 goals per game. At No. 20 Army (March 4), he helped hold Tewaaraton Award Watch List member John Glesener to just one goal. At Providence, he caused a season-high three turnovers. At Denver, he helped RU hold 2013 USILA Honorable Mention All-American and 2014 Tewaaraton Award Watch List member Wesley Berg to just one goal.
Ten Rutgers freshmen have seen action this season, including 10 starts by freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), two by D Chris Groel (Los Angeles, Calif.) and one by A Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.). Trasolini is second on the team in goals (19) and points (28), while Murphy is tied for third with 11 goals.
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