Rutgers Drops Home Finale to Villanova

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 12, 2014) In its final home contest of the season, Rutgers fell to Villanova, 15-11, at High Point Solutions Stadium Saturday night. Redshirt senior A Scott Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) tallied his 150th career point and totaled two goals and one assist, while junior Rich Rambo (Abington, Pa.) led RU with three goals and one assist. The Scarlet Knights scored eight of the final 11 goals, but fell short in their comeback attempt.

RU fell to 7-6 (2-3 Big East), while Villanova moved to 5-6 (3-1 Big East). Rutgers held the advantage in ground balls, 32-26, and junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) won 17 of 29 face-offs (.586 percent). Playing the final 33:07 of the game, sophomore GK Jake Andersen (Flemington, N.J.) made nine saves.

The Wildcats posted the first four goals of the game, taking a 4-0 lead at the 3:03 mark in the opening quarter. The Scarlet Knights responded by scoring three of the next four goals coming from Rambo, senior M Steve DiGiovanni (Cranford, N.J.) and Klimchak, cutting the Villanova lead to 5-3 with 10:08 to go in the half. DiGiovanni also assisted on Klimchak's goal. The Wildcats recorded the final seven goals of the half and led 12-3 at the midpoint.

Coming out of the break, Rutgers scored four of the five goals in the third quarter, including one from Rambo and one from Klimchak. Rambo also notched an assist in that span and RU cut the Villanova lead to 13-7.

In the final stanza, the Scarlet Knights tallied four of the six goals, including one from Rambo and an assist from Klimchak, and got within four twice, but it wouldn't be enough as the Wildcats held on for the 15-11 victory.

Rutgers is next in action on the road, taking on Duke in Durham, N.C., on Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. The Wildcats notched seven unanswered goals in a span of 7:08 in the second quarter and rode an explosive first half to victory as Villanova claimed a 15-11 win over Rutgers on Saturday night in Piscataway, N.J.

With the win, Villanova improves to 5-6 overall and 3-1 in the Big East and positions themselves for a prime spot in the conference championship set to take place May 1st and 3rd at Villanova Stadium with three weeks remaining in the regular season.

Rutgers falls to 7-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference with the defeat.

A nine-goal differential at halftime favoring the Wildcats marked the biggest goal margin for Villanova this season. Additionally, the win marked the sixth consecutive for the Wildcats over Rutgers dating back to 2009 and puts the all-time series at 6-6 between the two schools.

Freshman Devin McNamara (Lutherville, Md.) and sophomore Jack Curran (Fair Haven, N.J.) led Villanova with five points each and combined for seven goals and three assists on the night. Each set career records for points, goals and assists during the game.

Villanova came out strong in the first quarter and registered the first four goals of the contest from Curran, McNamara, John LoCascio (West Essex, N.J.) and Eric Gartner (Malvern, Pa.) and took a 4-0 lead with 3:03 remaining on the clock. The Scarlet Knights broke the Wildcat scoring streak to end the first stanza at the 2:33 mark on a score from Rich Rambo to make it 4-1 in favor of Villanova at the end of the quarter.

Following back and forth action to open the second stanza, the Wildcats posted seven unanswered scores beginning at the 8:21 mark to 1:13 left to play in the half to extend their lead at 12-3 heading into intermission. Villanova saw points from Austin Frederick (Baltimore, Md.), Kevin O'Neil (Cockeysville, Md.), Chris PIccirilli (Davidsonville, Md.), Thomas Croonquist (North Caldwell, N.J.), McNamara, Gartner and LoCascio during that span and the nine-goal differential marked the biggest lead for Villanova over an opponent in 2014.

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