Rutgers Escapes No. 20 Army with Victory in Overtime

WEST POINT, N.Y. Rutgers senior attackman Scott Klimchak scored the game-winning goal with 45 seconds remaining in overtime as the Scarlet Knights rallied to defeat No. 20 Army, 9-8, under the Michie Stadium lights Tuesday night. Junior middie Alex Newsome paced the Black Knights with three goals in the non-conference setback.

Army jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the opening quarter, including Newsome's first two goals of the night. After a Will Mazzone goal at 9:11 of the second frame stretched the Black Knights' lead to 5-1, the largest margin of the contest, the Scarlet Knights responded with six unanswered goals to shift momentum in their favor.

"Give all the credit to Rutgers," said ninth-year Army head coach Joe Alberici. "They came to play tonight. We got out to a quick start, but just did not execute down the stretch. We'll take this one, learn from it and move on to Holy Cross on Saturday."

Rutgers' lead grew to 7-5 with a goal 51 seconds into the third quarter, but Army retaliated thanks to single goals from Connor Cook, Jimbo Moore and another from Newsome. Newsome's third of the game leveled the score for a third time, 8-8, with 4:52 to go in regulation. Neither team would find the back of the net before the horn sounded, as both entered their first overtime test of 2014.

Back-and-forth play ensued in the opening minutes of overtime, but Klimchak's transition goal with 45 seconds on the clock snuck past Army goaltender Sam Somers and put the game away. Rutgers improved to 3-2 on the year, while the Black Knights fell to 3-2.

Army outshot the Scarlet Knights, 40-28, and held a 29-22 advantage in ground balls. Mazzone registered a season-high four ground balls, while junior long stick midfielder Jimbo D'Aprile added three. Sophomore face-off specialist Alex Daly won 14 of 21 draws and collected a game-high seven ground balls.

The Black Knights were plagued by 14 turnovers to Rutgers' 10 miscues. Army did not have a man-up chance, while the visitors went 0 for 1 EMO.

Klimchak led all players with four goals, while five other Scarlet Knights netted one apiece.

For Newsome, Tuesday marked his third career hat trick. Moore scored twice with his second-quarter goal being the first of his collegiate career. He went on to tie the game at 7-all with 9:02 remaining in the third.

Somers made six saves on the night, two of which came during the overtime period. Rutgers' Kris Alleyne tallied five saves.

Army looks to rebound with his first home Patriot League test of the season as Holy Cross visits Michie Stadium this Saturday, March 8, for a noon start. Visit www.goARMYsports.com/tickets or call 1-877-TIX-ARMY for tickets. For those who cannot attend the game, it will be streamed live via Knight Vision on goARMYsports.com. Fans living in the Hudson Valley can listen live on 1390 WEOK-AM and 1340 WALL-AM, along with 92.5 WBLR-FM in Watertown, N.Y. (Fort Drum). Fans can also follow GameTracker (live statistics) from the game via the lacrosse schedule page of goARMYsports.com. Periodic scoring updates will be posted to @Army_Lacrosse on Twitter.

Game Notes: Army owns a 56-20-1 lead in the all-time series, which dates back to the first meeting in 1923 ... the loss ended Army's three-game win streak ... 2012 West Point graduate Devin Lynch, known for scoring Army's game-winning goal in a 9-8 overtime win over second-seeded Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, was in attendance Tuesday night ... temperatures plummeted to under 20 degrees at game time ... senior goaltender Zeric Butters led the team onto the field with the American flag ... John Glesener stretched his point-scoring streak to 20 games with one goal on the night ... Tuesday marked Army's first overtime game since a 6-5 double-OT win at Bucknell on April 7, 2012.

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