Rutgers Dominates Fourth Quarter to Close Out Jacksonville 10-6
from press release
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers
men’s lacrosse team (5-1) used a strong fourth quarter to get
past Jacksonville (2-5), 10-6. The Scarlet Knights, who outscored
the Dolphins 4-0 in the fourth, were led by redshirt freshman Scott
Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) who tallied five points on four goals,
including the game-winner, and an assist.
RU started the game strong when Klimchak took a pass from Jack Matthews (Baltimore, Md.) and fired it past the JU keeper at the 10:13 mark to give Rutgers an early 1-0 lead. The Dolphins responded by rallying off the next two goals to take the lead before Klimchak and Duncan Clancy (Princeton, N.J.) each tallied goals before the end of the period to send RU into the second with a 3-2 advantage.
The Scarlet Knights scored the first three goals of the second to push their advantage to 6-2. Nick Zerrillo (Brewerton, N.Y.) scored the first of RU’s goals off a beautiful pass from Klimchak at the 12:58 mark. The Zerrillo goal was quickly followed by a snipe from Mike Diehl (Flemington, N.J.) less than two minutes later. Klimchak closed out the run with man-up goal off a slick pass from Clancy. The Dolphins were able to get a goal back just before the half to cut the RU lead to 6-3 heading into the break.
Jacksonville carried the momentum from the goal at the end of the half into the third quarter as it was able to get the only three goals of the frame to push the score to 6-6 entering the fourth period.
Rutgers struck first in the deciding frame when Klimchak picked up a ground ball out of a scrum, worked his way past a pair of JU defenders and rifled a shot past the keeper. The Klimchak goal seemed to open up the floodgates for the Scarlet Knights as they quickly added goals from Kevin Hover (Belle Mead, N.J.) and Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J.) to push their lead to three. Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) found the back of the net off a pass from Clancy with just over three minutes remaining to close out the scoring. From there, RU used lockdown defense and solid ball control to cruise to a 10-6 win.
Rudy Bulter (Belle Mead, N.J.), making his first start of the season, made eight timely saves and scooped six ground balls to get the win in net for the Scarlet Knights.
RU returns to action on Saturday, March 19, when they host No. 10 Army in a 1 p.m. matchup.