Rutgers Top Providence in Overtime
from press release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rutgers men's lacrosse team topped Providence in thrilling fashion at Lennon Family Field on Saturday, winning 8-7 in overtime for its first BIG EAST victory of the season. The Scarlet Knights (5-5, 1-2 Big East) were sparked in the conference game by redshirt sophomore A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), who scored four goals for the fifth hat trick of his career, including the game-winner. Junior A Duncan Clancy (Princeton, N.J.) and senior co-captain M Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J) helped head coach Brian Brecht's squad to the win, each recording three points.
In the overtime period, Klimchak finished the game for Rutgers at the 2:27 mark with his fourth goal to take the win over the Friars (1-6, 0-3 BIG EAST). The 2011 All-BIG EAST Second Team member was assisted on the play by Mangan, who finished with one goal and two assists for his 12th-straight multiple point game.
Brecht commented on the victory, making note of RU's strong individual performances and tough senior class.
"Klimchak had a great game for us, as our attack really complimented our midfield for the first time this year," Brecht said. "Mike Diehl was a warrior and a force tonight. Mangan continues to be a big time player with everything we ask him to do. Steven Lusby was great in the goal, making saves and starting the transition. Give a lot of credit to this senior class, as we had a hard practice early in the week, and they responded for the first-ever overtime win of their careers. It was a huge Big East game for us on the road as we head into the month of April."
Sophomore A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) started the scoring for the Scarlet Knights with the game's first goal at the 13:52 mark. He was assisted on the play by Clancy, who had the helping hand on RU's next score at 12:49. Clancy dished to Klimchak to put Rutgers up 2-0.
After Providence climbed back to tie the contest at 2-2 late in the first period, senior A Michael Diehl (Flemington, N.J.) netted a goal to give the lead back to Rutgers. His unassisted score came at the 2:23 mark to give the Scarlet Knights a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period.
The Friars snuck out to a 4-3 lead only to have Klimchak knot the game back up with his second goal. The unassisted effort came at 10:02 in the second period. The score would be the last of the half, leaving RU and PC at a 4-4 draw heading into the break.
In third period action, Rutgers and Providence each scored two goals. Clancy notched his third point with his first goal of the game at 5:42 on a Mangan assist. Klimchak secured his hat trick with a goal with 1:23 left in the period on an assist from DePaolera.
The fourth period featured scores by the Scarlet Knights and Friars. Mangan scored at 8:33 on an assist from freshman M Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) to tie the contest at 7-7, with Rutgers holding strong for the remainder of the fourth period to send the game to overtime.
Sophomore G Stevn Lusby (Severna Park, Md.) earned the win in goal for RU, making 13 saves while allowing seven goals. Senior co-captain D Jacob Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md.) led Rutgers in caused turnovers with two. Freshman M Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) recorded a team-best five ground balls.
Rutgers next returns home to face BIG EAST foe Villanova on Saturday, April 7. The game at Yurcak Field is set to begin at 1 p.m.