Rutgers Downs Providence in Big East Opener
from Press Release
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — In its first BIG EAST game of the season, the Rutgers men's lacrosse team defeated Providence, 12-6, in Providence, R.I., on Saturday afternoon. Freshman A Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) paced RU with six points on three goals and three assists.
The Scarlet Knights improved to 5-2 (1-0 BIG EAST), while the Friars moved to 3-4 (0-1 BIG EAST). Rutgers outshot Providence, 43-37, and held the advantage in ground balls, 31-26. Junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) won 17-21 face-off attempts (.810 percent), while sophomore GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) made 15 saves.
RU scored the first five goals of the game, holding a 5-0 lead after the opening quarter. Trasolini assisted on the first three scores, while finding the back of the cage for the fifth. Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.), who totaled a hat trick in the game, tallied the first goal of the game.
PC recorded the first score of the second quarter, before Rutgers went on a 3-0 run, which included a goal by Trasolini, as well as one goal and two assists by freshman A Connor Murphy (Clifton, N.J.). The Friars tallied the next four goals of the game, extending to the 10:29 mark in the third quarter, to cut the Scarlet Knights' lead to 8-5.
Rutgers put together another 3-0 scoring streak, highlighted by Trasolini and Klimchak scoring again, giving RU an 11-5 lead with 10:36 to go in the game. Providence found the back of the net one more time, but Klimchak posted the final goal of the game to secure the victory for the Scarlet Knights.
RU is next in action on Monday, March 17, hosting Richmond at High Point Solutions Stadium at 3 p.m.
- Rutgers won its BIG EAST opener for the first time since it downed Notre Dame, 10-8, on March 27, 2010.
- The 95 goals for RU in the first seven games of the season are the most for the squad through the first seven games of the season since the 1998 team posted 96 through seven contests.
- Freshman Christian Trasolini totaled a career-high six points. His previous best was five (3g, 2a) vs. Manhattan on Feb. 8, 2014.
- Trasolini posted a career-high three assists. His previous best was two vs. Manhattan on Feb. 8, 2014.
- Trasolini tied his career high with three goals. His also totaled three vs. Manhattan on Feb. 8, 2014.
- Senior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) caused three turnovers in the game, an individual high for RU this season.
- Four Scarlet Knights produced multi-point games. Trasolini posted six (3g, 3a), Murphy recorded four (2g, 2a), Klimchak notched three (3g) and sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) totaled two (1g, 1a).
- Rutgers improved to 4-1 all-time vs. Providence.
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