PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 10, 2014) – In a key BIG EAST matchup, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team welcomes Villanova to High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The game is set for “Senior Knight,” “Alumni Knight,” and a “White Out.” Fans receive a free bag of chips with the purchase of a hot dog and the first 20 Junior Knights get popcorn. The first 1,000 fans receive a free white out shirt. The game will be broadcast live on RVision, presented on AT&T, with Danny Breslauer and Rick Mercurio on the call. Spectators will enter the stadium through the West Gate.
Record: 7-5, 2-2 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Brian Brecht (Springfield, ‘95)
Career Record: 80-74 (10th season)
Record at RU: 15-25 (Third season)
Goals: Scott Klimchak - 32
Assists: Scott Bieda - 16
Points: Scott Klimchak - 36
GBs: Joseph Nardella - 107
Saves: Kris Alleyne – 114
Record: 4-6, 2-1 BIG EAST
Ranking: NR/NR (USILA Coaches/IL Media)
Head Coach: Michael Corrado (Villanova, ‘87)
Career Record: 63-54 (Eighth season)
Record at Villanova: Same
Goals: Kevin O’Neil - 18
Assists: Curran, LoCascio - 9
Points: Kevin O’Neil - 25
GBs: John LoCascio - 54
Saves: Dan Willis – 86
SCOUTING THE VILLANOVA WILDCATS
Villanova enters the contest 4-6 overall with a 2-1 mark in the BIG EAST, playing seven ranked teams this season. The marquee wins for the Wildcats came over then-No. 15 Drexel, 11-10 (OT), on Feb. 25 and at then-No. 17 Penn State, 9-7, on March 29. The squad’s only conference loss came to No. 6 Denver, and the team has defeated Marquette and Georgetown.
Defense is the strong point for the Wildcats, ranking fourth in the nation with 10.89 caused turnovers per game. Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List member John LoCascio, a senior, leads the unit. He ranks fifth in the country with 2.40 caused turnovers per game. LoCascio leads the team with 54 ground balls and 24 CTs.
Offensively, senior Kevin O’Neil leads the charge with 18 goals and seven assists for a team-high 25 points.
Michael Corrado is in his eighth season as the head coach.
Rutgers is 6-5 all-time against Villanova. Last season, RU dropped an 11-9 contest on the road.
Rutgers assistant coach Byron Collins is a 1993 graduate of Whittier College in California. Prior to returning to his alma mater, 2004 Villanova graduate and current assistant coach Simon Connor spent a season at Whittier College as the offensive coordinator.
- 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 seven games, tied for the second longest streak in the country. Harvard leads, having posted 10 or more goals in each of its last eight contests.
- Rutgers has scored in double-digits in each of its last seven games. That’s its longest streak since the 1998 team scored 10-plus goals in eight straight games.
- The 156 goals for RU through the first 12 games of the season are the most for the squad through the first 12 contests since the 1998 team posted 165.
- RU has two BIG EAST wins, its most since the 2010 team also had two. With one more conference win, it would be the most BIG EAST victories in a season for the Scarlet Knights, who played their first season in the league in 2010.
- Rutgers has posted four wins at home, its most since the 2011 team also recorded four.
- RU ranks sixth in the country in scoring offense (through April 6), averaging 13.00 goals per game. Last season, the Scarlet Knights averaged 9.67 goals per game.
RU FALLS AT NO. 17 PRINCETON
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 15-11 contest at No. 17 Princeton in Princeton, N.J., on April 5. The Scarlet Knights held a 6-3 advantage in the first half, but couldn’t hold off the Tigers. RU received goals from nine different players, including a hat trick and one assist by freshman A Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.).
Fourteen members of the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team will participate in Senior Knight ceremonies in Saturday’s game: Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.), Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.), Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.), Matt Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), Steven Lusby (Severna Park, Md.), Jack Matthews (Baltimore, Md.), Peter Noto (Webster, N.Y.), Andrew Parrilla (Wyckoff, N.J.), Kyle Robinson (Jersey City, N.J.), Benjamin Schwing (Medford, N.J.), Ryan Scott (Easton, Pa.), Joe Stottler (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.).
Rutgers men’s lacrosse will honor four groups of former Scarlet Knights. The first is the 1950s era, which had a combined 75-26-1 record. The other three are celebrating anniversaries of reaching the NCAA Tournament: 1974 (40 years), 1984 (30 years) and 2004 (10 years). The squads will be recognized at halftime.
KLIMCHAK IS BACK
Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) has scored three or more goals in seven of the 12 games this season, tying his career-high with five goals in the opener vs. Manhattan (Feb. 8). He ranks 19th in the nation (through April 6) in goals/game and is currently sixth on RU’s career goals list with 118. He is one point shy of 150 for his career, currently with 118-31-149 GAP. 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) 118
Named an Inside Lacrosse Midseason First Team All-American on March 26, junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) has won an impressive 165-of-228 face-offs (.724 percent) this season and totaled 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 .724 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 5 at Princeton, he won a season-high 20 face-offs. Nardella is second in the nation (through April 6) 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 24 goals and 35 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 of the last four 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 114 saves in 11 games this season with a .523 save percentage. He totaled 21 saves at Virginia (Feb. 22), the most for a DI player in 2014. 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 24th in the nation (through April 6) in saves and first in the BIG EAST 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.
Redshirt senior M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition on April 7. He was a key contributor offensively for the Scarlet Knights on the week, posting six points on four goals and two assists. He started by posting a season-high three scores in a 16-13 BIG EAST win over St. John’s on April 2. He followed that up with one goal and two assists at No. 17 Princeton on April 5. He is tied for third on the team in goals (14) and is second in assists (13).
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