March 6, 2011

No. 20 Stevens Hammers No. 18 Springfield

from press release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Senior co-captain Brandon Faubert notched a game-high seven goals as the Stevens Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team, ranked 20th in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) coaches poll, won an early season showdown between two top-20 teams, earning a decisive 18-8 victory over No. 18 Springfield College at Stagg Field in Springfield, Mass. With the win, the Ducks improved to 3-0 overall on the season, while the Pride fell to 2-2 on the year.

With the game scoreless approaching the 10-minute mark of the first, Ducks' senior midfielder Chris Laurita put Stevens on the board, tallying the game's first goal off of a Kevin Rose assist. Less than a minute later, Rose put a well-placed shot into the back of the Springfield net, quickly giving Stevens a 2-1 advantage.

Looking to cut into the Pride's early deficit, junior Parker Geane (Easton, Conn.) put Springfield on the board after taking a pass from senior Mark Eaton (Westford, Mass.), but Faubert answered with his first goal of the afternoon to stake the Ducks to a 3-1 margin.

After a Jarrid Johnson (Orlando, Fla.) unassisted marker at 5:04 trimmed the Ducks' lead to two, Rose combined with Laurita for the second time to once again extend the margin, but junior Shane Ferguson (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) took advantage of a late Stevens' penalty, collecting a man-up goal with just 25 seconds remaining in the first to pull Springfield back within one.

Picking up where he left off, Ferguson got the Pride off to a quick start in the second, scoring on an Eaton helper just eight seconds into the period to knot the game at four. Needing to respond, junior attacker Alex Hofrichter provided a quick spark for the Ducks, tallying back-to-back goals within a five minute span to put Stevens back on top 6-4.

After a Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, Mass.) score momentarily cut the Ducks' lead to one, Hofrichter buried another goal, less than a minute later, before three-straight Faubert tallies in less than two and a half minutes capped off a 6-1 Stevens run that resulted in a 10-5 cushion. Faubert netted his first of three markers off a Laurita pass with just 2:51 left in the second. The Virginia Beach native then put away an unassisted goal at the 1:43 mark, before again scoring, this time just 1:10 after his previous score, on a Nicolas Philippi assist.

Continuing to go on the offensive, Rose capped off the flurry of Ducks' scores over the last three-minutes of the half, just beating the buzzer with an unassisted goal with just three seconds left to stake Stevens to an 11-5 lead heading into the intermission.

Hoping to build on their momentum, the Ducks came out firing to start the second half, getting a pair of goals from Laurita to push the lead to eight, before two more Faubert scores gave Stevens a double-digit advantage. Trying to keep the Pride within striking distance, Geane snapped a streak of nine unanswered Ducks' goals, tallying his second score of the afternoon with 3:39 left in the third.

Faubert responded by tallying his seventh goal of the game with 46 seconds left in the third quarter, giving Stevens a 16-6 lead heading into the final frame. Philippi then scored his first goal of the day to start off the fourth, before Springfield's Mike Delia (Wading River, N.Y.) pulled the Pride within 10 at the 8:56 mark.

Stevens' junior David Williams extended the Stevens margin to 11 with his first goal of the season, before Geane capped off scoring with his third score of the day.

Faubert led Stevens with seven goals and one assist, while Rose added three scores and four helpers. Laurita tallied three goals and two assists on the day, while Hofrichter notched three tallies in the contest. Philippi and Williams each added a goal for the Ducks in the win.

Defensively, Rose led the team with five ground balls, while junior Matt Marks and senior co-captain Zach McHugh combined for seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. Junior goalkeeper Eric Yando finished with 12 saves to improve to 3-0 on the year.

Geane led all Springfield scorers with three goals, while Ferguson added two scores. Delia, Murphy, and Johnson each notched a goal in the loss. Delia lead the team with four ground balls, while freshman netminder Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) managed 10 saves in the loss.

Stevens held a 53-45 shot advantage for the game, including a 19-10 disparity during their decisive second quarter run. The Ducks, who helped cause 28 Pride turnovers, finished 20-for-26 on clears in the afternoon, while Springfield managed to clear just eight of their 19 tries.

Stevens returns to action on March 9 when it plays host to Muhlenberg College at 4 p.m. at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J.

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