Rutgers Picks Right Time for First Win over Georgetown
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With the help of eight goals from seniors, the Rutgers men's lacrosse team downed Georgetown, 12-8, in Washington, D.C., Saturday. The win secured the Scarlet Knights a spot as the No. 4 seed in the Big East Tournament. It marked the first win over the Hoyas in program history.
Rutgers finished the regular season 8-7, with a 3-3 mark in the Big East. Georgetown concluded its season at 4-10 and 1-5 in league play. Sophomore goalie Jake Andersen (Flemington, N.J.) made a career-high 15 saves, while the Scarlet Knights led the Hoyas, 32-29, in ground balls. Sophomore attackman Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.) led Rutgers with two goals and three assists.
Senior defenseman Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.) got Rutgers on the board first, grabbing a rebound in front of the cage after a fast break transition attempt and scoring on an underhand shot just one minute in. At the 12:10 mark in the first quarter, redshirt senior midfielder Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) put the Scarlet Knights up 2-0 with a goal of his own.
Following a Georgetown score, senior midfielder Nicholas DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) extended Rutgers' lead back to two with an unassisted score at the 7:12 mark. The Hoyas tallied another score before senior midfielder Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.) worked to just outside of the crease before slinging one past the Georgetown goalkeeper. Rutgers led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.
The Scarlet Knights opened up the second quarter with three straight scores. First, with 13:15 to go in the half as freshman attackman Christian Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) found Terranova streaking towards the cage. Terranova corralled it just outside the crease and recorded the goal. Then, Trasolini found Bieda, before junior midfielder Brian Goss (Arlington Heights, Ill.) extended RU's lead to 7-2 at the 9:20 mark in the second quarter.
After a Georgetown goal, Bieda assisted both DiGiovanni and Terranova, extending Rutgers' advantage to 9-3 with 5:10 remaining before the break and held it at the midpoint.
Coming out of the half, redshirt senior attackman Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) opened up the scoring just 41 seconds in. The Hoyas notched the final two goals of the quarter and Rutgers led 10-5 at the end of the third.
Georgetown scored three fourth-quarter goals, but Rutgers received scores from Bieda and Trasolini to secure the 12-8 victory.
With the win, Rutgers secured the No. 4 seed in the Big East Tournament and will take on the No. 1 seed in a semifinal matchup on Thursday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Villanova, Pa. The Scarlet Knights will take on the winner of the Denver and Marquette game.
- The Scarlet Knights picked up their first-ever win over Georgetown in their 17th all-time matchup with the Hoyas.
- RU posted its first winning regular season (8-7) since the 2007 team went 7-6.
- With eight wins, Rutgers has tallied its most since the 2004 team went 8-6.
- Rutgers has totaled three BIG EAST wins this season, it’s most in a year since joining the conference in 2010. That season, the Scarlet Knights won two league games.
- Rutgers secured its spot as the No. 4 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament, its first postseason appearance since 2004.
- The 187 goals for RU through the first 15 games of the season are the most for the squad through the first 15 contests since the 1998 team posted 200.
- With 12 goals, RU has scored in double figures for the 12th time this season.
- Anthony Terranova had a hat trick with three goals.
- Jake Andersen made a career-high 15 saves. His previous best was 11 at Duke on April 19, 2014.
- Nick Contino scored his second career goal in the contest. His first was vs. Monmouth on March 8, 2014.
- Contino collected a career-high six ground balls. His previous high was four, which he had done three times.
- Steve DiGiovanni tied his career high with two goals. He has done it two other times, most recently at St. John’s on March 16, 2013.
- Scott Bieda tied his career high in assists with three. He has done it two other times, most recently vs. St. John’s on April 2, 2014.
- Sophomore D Zack Sikora (Clifton, Va.) collected a career-high six ground balls. His previous best was three, which he had done twice.
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