May 7, 2011

Rutgers Ends Season with Win over Providence

from press release

PISCATAWAY. N.J. – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team (6-9, 1-5 BIG EAST) wrapped up its 2011 season by downing the Providence Friars (3-12, 0-6 BIG EAST), 10-7, this afternoon at Yurcak Field. For the game, RU was led by Kevin Hover (Belle Mead, N.J.) who tallied four goals.

The game marked the final home contest for six Scarlet Knight seniors – Stephen Belichick (Weston, Mass.), Andrew D’Agostino (Syracuse, N.Y.), Kory Kelly (Princeton, N.J.), Chris Mattes (Westfield, N.J.), Brian Shemesh (Hillsborough, N.J.) and Steven Watson (Belle Mead, N.J.).  

Rutgers started the game strong when Hover took a feed from Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J.) and fired it past the PC keeper less than three minutes in to give RU an early 1-0 lead. Just over a minute later, Rutgers struck again when Matt Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) scored off a beautiful pass from Duncan Clancy (Princeton, N.J.) to extend its lead to 2-0.

After Providence responded with a pair of goals to knot the game, Hover found the back of the net for a second time to give RU a 3-2 lead going into the second frame.

The second period saw a defensive battle with Providence scoring the period’s lone goal to send the teams to the locker room even at 3-3.

Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) got the scoring started in the second half when he made a nifty move at the side of the cage and beat the Friar’s keeper with a blistering shot. PC responded a few minutes later to tie the score, before Clancy found a cutting Scott Klimchak, who fired a perfectly placed shot past the Friar goalkeeper. RU added another goal to push its lead to 6-4 with just 20 seconds left in the third when Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) scored off another nice pass from Clancy.

RU came out firing at the beginning of the fourth rallying off two quick goals from Hover and Mattes. After Hover scored his third goal of the game off a nice feed from Mangan, Mattes won a faceoff, raced down the field and fired a laser past the Providence keeper to push RU’s advantage to 8-4.

After PC scored the next two goals, Hover stuck again netting his fourth goal of the game off a feed from Mangan on a man up opportunity. 87 seconds later, Clancy found the back of the net for the first time on the day to push the Rutgers lead to four goals.

Providence scored with 3:19 left, but it wasn’t enough as RU was able to play keep away for the remainder of the game to secure a 10-7 victory.

The Scarlet Knights wrap up the season with a 6-9 overall record. The future looks bright for RU as it returns nine of 10 starters, including its leading point getter, Clancy and goal scorer, Scott Klimchak.


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