The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team took the field against Air Force on Sunday in their second home game of the 2013 season. The squad fell short to Air Force by a score of 11-9, despite Rutgers’ Nick DePaolera’s impressive five-point game.
Brian Brecht’s Scarlet Knights record is now marked at 1-1, and the Knights will look to top Wagner at home on Tuesday, February 19th. Freshman goalie Kris Alleyne will look to keep up his impressive first year debut, as he notched a total of 20 saves in his performance against Air Force.
Junior Captain Anthony Terranova put Rutgers on the board within the first two minutes, scoring the first point of what would prove to be a back-and-forth game. Terranova also went on to add an assist to his personal stats for the day.
Ben Schwing and Scott Bieda also added to the tally before the end of the first half, sending the Scarlet Knights into the locker room at a 6-4 deficit.
As the game wobbled between Air Force and Rutgers, the Knights were granted a late surge by fourth quarter goals from Scott Klimchak, Jacob Coretti, and Scott Bieda. With less than ten minutes to play, the score was tied at 9-9. By the sounding of the final horn, the Air Force squad proved to be the victors as they notched two more goals.
Nick DePaolera’s five assists against Air Force and his career-high five previous goals against Manhattan on February 10th earned him a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll, as announced by the conference on Monday.
Klimchak is confident that the Knights will come out on top on Tuesday afternoon as the team suits up for their third game of the season against Wagner, “We had a great day of preparation on Monday for Wagner, and I think everything is in place to be successful on Tuesday.” Klimchak said.