PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 4, 2014) – Following a big win over St. John’s, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team travels to Princeton, N.J., to take on the No. 17 Tigers on Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m. This will be the 92nd meeting between the two teams.
Record: 7-4, 2-2 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 80-73 (10th season)
Record at RU: 15-24 (Third season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 31
Assists: Scott Bieda - 16
Points: Scott Klimchak - 34
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 94
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 106
Record: 4-4, 1-2 Ivy League
Ranking: 17/19 (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Chris Bates (Dartmouth, ‘90)
Career Record: 109-99 (14th season)
Record at Princeton: 39-28 (Fifth season)
Goals: Tom Schreiber - 21
Assists: Tom Schreiber - 16
Points: Tom Schreiber - 37
GBs: Justin Murphy - 39
Saves: Matt O’Connor – 58
SCOUTING THE PRINCETON TIGERS
Princeton enters the contest with a 4-4 record, including a 1-2 mark in Ivy League play. The Tigers have marquee wins over Penn (March 15) and Hofstra (Feb. 22). Penn is currently No. 15, while Hofstra is No. 20. Three of Princeton’s losses came against teams currently ranked in the top-20: No. 14 Yale (March 22), No. 5 North Carolina (March 7) and No. 10 Johns Hopkins (March 1).
Offensively, the Tigers are ninth in the country in points per game (20.00) and ninth in scoring offense (12.50 goals per game). The team is led by 2013 First Team USILA All-American and 2014 Tewaaraton Award Watch List member Tom Schreiber. The senior midfielder leads the team in goals (21), assists (16) and points (37). He ranks sixth in the nation in points per game (4.63). Junior A Mike MacDonald is second on the team with 29 points (15g, 14a), and is also a member of the Tewaaraton Watch List.
Defensively, sophomore Matt O’Connor holds a .464 save percentage and a 10.97 goals against average.
Chris Bates is in his fifth season as the head coach.
Rutgers is 29-59-3 all-time against Princeton in a series that dates back to 1922. Last season, the Tigers picked up a 13-8 victory in Piscataway on April 9. Since 1922, the teams have played every year except 1944 and 1945. Princeton is RU’s most played opponent in its history. The two have played for the Harland W. “Tots” Meistrell Cup since 1958. Through the efforts of Meistrell, lacrosse was reinstated at RU in 1920. Following that season, Meistrell went to Princeton and re-started the program there. Meistrell was inducted into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1962.
Rutgers assistant coach Byron Collins was the head coach at Division III Stevens Institute of Technology from 2000-2009. Princeton assistant coach Matt Madalon, in his first season with the Tigers, was on staff at Stevens for the previous seven seasons, including Collins’ final three seasons with the Ducks.
- With a win, RU will secure its first winning season since the 2007 team finished 7-6. It will also be the most wins (eight) for the Scarlet Knights since the 2004 team went 8-6.
- Rutgers has scored in double-digits in each of its last six games, tied for the third longest streak in the country. Cornell leads, having posted 10 or more goals in each of its last 20 contests.
- RU’s six-game double-figure scoring streak is its longest since the 1998 team scored 10-plus goals in eight straight games.
- The 145 goals for RU through the first 11 games of the season are the most for the squad through the first 11 contests since the 1998 team posted 158.
- RU has two BIG EAST wins, its most since the 2010 team also had two.
- Rutgers has posted four wins at home, its most since the 2011 team also recorded four.
- RU is off to its best start (7-4) since the 2004 team started 8-3. The 2004 squad finished the year 8-6, and was RU’s last NCAA Tournament team.
- RU ranks eighth in the country in scoring offense (through March 30), averaging 12.90 goals per game. Last season, the Scarlet Knights averaged 9.67 goals per game.
RU DOWNS ST. JOHN’S IN A THRILLER, 16-13
With the help of a 5-1 run in the final quarter, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team handed St. John’s its first BIG EAST loss of the season, downing the Red Storm 16-13 in High Point Solutions Stadium on April 2. Five Scarlet Knights posted multi-goal games, while freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park. N.Y) scored four goals and tallied one assist and sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) totaled six points (three goals, three assists).
KLIMCHAK IS BACK
Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has scored three or more goals in seven of the 11 games this season, tying his career-high with five goals in the opener vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8). He ranks 12th in the nation (through March 30) in goals/game and is currently sixth on RU’s career goals list with 117. 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) 117
Named an Inside Lacrosse Midseason First Team All-American on March 26, junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has won an impressive 145-of-198 face-offs (.732 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 .732 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. On April 2 vs. St. John’s, he won a season-high 19 face-offs. Nardella is fourth in the nation (through March 30) in ground balls per game.
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 23 goals and 33 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. Against St. John’s on April 2, he tied his career high with a four-goal performance. Trasolini has posted at least one point in all but one game this season.
BANK ON BIEDA
Sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) is on a hot streak for RU, posting five-plus points in three-straight games. First, he earned Rutgers Player of the Game honors at No. 5 Denver for his five points on three goals and two assists. He followed that up with three more goals and two more assists vs. Marquette (March 29). Most recently vs. St. John’s (April 2), he set a career-high in points with six (three goals, three assists). This season, he has proven to be the squad’s best distributor, leading RU with 16 assists.
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 (through March 30) in save percentage.
ROGERS TOUGH ON D
Starting the last five contests on defense, sophomore D Branford Rogers (Ruckersville, Va.) had his best game of the season vs. St. John’s, tallying a career-high four caused turnovers, the most for an RU player this season.
CONTINO CAUSING CHAOS
Senior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) has been impressive defensively this season, leading the squad with 14 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.
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