November 27, 2011
VYING FOR ANOTHER UPSET
Rutgers men visit UCLA in quarters
The Rutgers men will continue their run in the NCAA Division I tournament, taking on 13th-seeded UCLA at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. Sunday at 8 p.m. (EST).
The Scarlet Knights (10-6-4) are making their first appearance in the third round of the tournament for the first time since 2001 – when RU was defeated 3-0 at Indiana. Rutgers is 14-12-3 all-time in the tournament.
Rutgers advanced past No. 4 seed Boston College 4-3 on penalty kicks. Senior Ibrahim Kamara (North Brunswick, N.J.) scored in the 86th minute to tie it at 1-1 and give the Scarlet Knights a chance in overtime. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Kevin McMullen (Blackwood, N.J.) was major for Rutgers in the match, posting five saves as well as stonewalling two shots in the penalty shootout.
The Scarlet Knights are led by freshman forward Juan Pablo Correa (Montville, N.J.) with 17 points on six goals and team-best five assists. Second on the squad is sophomore forward Kene Eze (Sayreville, N.J.) who has 15 points on six goals to go along with three assists. Kamara is third in scoring with four goals and four assists. Three of his four goals are game-winners - the most on the squad.
McMullen has posted 65 saves, a 1.27 goals-against average and .722 save percentage in goal for the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers and UCLA (16-4-1) will meet for the eighth time with the Bruins owning a 5-1-1 advantage in the series. The two teams last met in 2003, a 2-0 win for UCLA at Drake Stadium. The Scarlet Knights and Bruins squared off in one NCAA Tournament game - the 1990 NCAA Championship match. UCLA went on to claim the title, advancing on penalty kicks.
Fourth-ranked UCLA earned its 29th consecutive and 39th overall tournament berth by winning the Pac-12 Championship and earning a No. 13 seed in the tournament.
The Bruins advanced to the third round after defeating Delaware 1-0 at Drake Stadium in the second round. Chandler Hoffman scored the only goal in the 84th minute. Hoffman is the team’s leading scorer with 16 goals, including four game winners. The Bruins have received goals from 11 players with Kelyn Rowe second on the squad with five goals. Rowe is tied with Victor Munoz with a team-leading eight assists.
In goal for UCLA is Brian Rowe who has recorded 10 shutouts on the year. Rowe has a 0.77 HSS and .783 save percentage.
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