Wagner vs. Rutgers
February 18, 2014
The Game Story:
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 18, 2014) Five players had multi-goal games as the Rutgers mens lacrosse team (2-0) defeated Wagner (0-1), 20-5, in Staten, Island, N.Y., Tuesday. Sixteen RU players notched at least one point in the game, while 10 scored at least one goal. The Scarlet Knights held a 46-40 advantage in shots, while securing 35 ground balls to the Seahawks 23. Junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) won 18-of-21 face-offs (.857 percent) and paced RU with six ground balls. Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) paced Rutgers with four goals and one assist. Sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) had a game-high 12 saves. Rutgers jumped out to an early lead, scoring the first four goals of the contest in the first 4:03 of the opening quarter, which included two goals from Klimchak and two assists by Nardella. Just six seconds in the first period, Nardella won the opening face-off and found freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), who put it in the back of the net. Klimchak added one more goal in the quarter, again with the help of Nardella, and the Scarlet Knights led 6-1 after the first. RU came out firing again in the second, scoring six of the first seven goals of the period to take a 12-2 lead with 9:00 to go in the half. Klimchak started off the run by scoring his fourth goal before freshman A Connor Murphy (Clifton, Va.) tallied back-to-back RU scores. After a Wagner score, the Scarlet Knights posted the final two goals of the half and took a 14-3 advantage into the break. Along with Klimchaks four goals, junior M Brian Goss (Arlington, Va.), Murphy, junior M Rich Rambo (Abington, Pa.) and Trasolini each posted two first-half goals. Trasolini started RU off with 14:33 to go in the third quarter, giving himself a hat trick. The Seahawks answered with two goals, cutting the Scarlet Knights lead to 15-5 with 5:06 on the clock in the third period. It wouldnt be enough, as Rutgers tallied the final five goals of the game to pick up the victory. In the 5-0 run to end the game, Murphy and Goss each secured hat tricks by their third goals of the contest. Rutgers is back in action at Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.