PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 12, 2014) – In its final home contest of the season, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell to Villanova, 15-11, at High Point Solutions Stadium Saturday night. Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) tallied his 150th career point and totaled two goals and one assist, while junior Rich Rambo (Abington, Pa.) led RU with three goals and one assist. The Scarlet Knights scored eight of the final 11 goals, but fell short in their comeback attempt.
RU fell to 7-6 (2-3 BIG EAST), while Villanova moved to 5-6 (3-1 BIG EAST). Rutgers held the advantage in ground balls, 32-26, and junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) won 17-of-29 face-offs (.586 percent). Playing the final 33:07 of the game, sophomore GK Jake Andersen (Flemington, N.J.) made nine saves.
The Wildcats posted the first four goals of the game, taking a 4-0 lead at the 3:03 mark in the opening quarter. The Scarlet Knights responded by scoring three of the next four goals coming from Rambo, senior M Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.) and Klimchak, cutting the Villanova lead to 5-3 with 10:08 to go in the half. DiGiovanni also assisted on Klimchak’s goal. The Wildcats recorded the final seven goals of the half and led 12-3 at the midpoint.
Coming out of the break, Rutgers scored four of the five goals in the third quarter, including one from Rambo and one from Klimchak. Rambo also notched an assist in that span and RU cut the Villanova lead to 13-7.
In the final stanza, the Scarlet Knights tallied four of the six goals, including one from Rambo and an assist from Klimchak, and got within four twice, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wildcats held on for the 15-11 victory.
Rutgers is next in action on the road, taking on Duke in Durham, N.C., on Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m.
- Rutgers drew in 2,813 fans to the contest.
- Fourteen members of the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team participated 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.).
- At halftime, Rutgers honored 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).
- With 11 goals, Rutgers has scored in double-digits in each of its last eight games. That’s its longest streak since the 1998 team scored 10-plus goals in eight straight games.
- The 167 goals for RU through the first 13 games of the season are the most for the squad through the first 13 contests since the 1998 team posted 176.
- Scott Klimchak recorded his 150th career point on a goal in the first half. He finished the game with two goals and one assist, giving him 152 points, the most for any RU player since at least 2005.
- Rich Rambo tied his career high in goals (three) and points (four). He had previously done both on March 1, 2014 at Stony Brook.
- Freshman D Chris Groel (Los Angeles, Calif.) tallied his first career goal in the fourth quarter.
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