February 29, 2012

Tricky: No. 8 Stevens Subdues Eastern Conn.

from press release

– In a rainy and windy matinee at the De Baun Athletic Complex on February 29, the nationally ranked No. 8 Stevens Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team took down Eastern Connecticut State University, 14-10. The Ducks scored seven goals in each half and forced the Warriors to turn the ball over 23 times.

Stevens (2-0) took 64 shots in the game, compared to 26 taken by Eastern Connecticut (1-1). The Ducks also controlled the face-off 'X', winning 18 of 28 face-offs, and won the groundball battle, 39-20. ECSU tallied more clears, 18 to 14, but Stevens held a better percentage, 14-of-16 to 18-of-28.

ECSU actually scored first in the contest, just over three-and-a-half minutes into the first period on one of six goals scored by the Warriors' Mike Devine, but that was the only advantage ECSU would hold all contest.

The Ducks would get on the board just over two minutes after the opening score on an unassisted tally by freshman attack Andrew Scrutchfield (Lewes, Del.). Just two minutes later, junior midfielder Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.) gave Stevens its first lead of the game with another unassisted score. Both Scrutchfield and Philippi registered their second hat tricks in as many games.

Devine would knot the game back up at 2, with 4:30 left in the opening period on the fourth straight unassisted goal to start the game. Stevens would end the first quarter scoring barrage on the first of four tallies by junior midfielder Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.). Dorne took a pass from freshman midfielder Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.) and beat the ECSU goalkeeper to give the Ducks a 3-2 advantage after 15 minutes.

As the second quarter began, Stevens opened up its lead with three consecutive man-up goals to start the period. Just 3:30 into the stanza, Maroon scored off a pass from Scrutchfield to make the contest, 4-2. Maroon then assisted on Dorne's second goal on the game five minutes later, before senior attack Alex Hofrichter (Terrance Park, Ohio) picked up an unassisted score with 4:13 left in the half to wrap up the man-up streak.

The Warriors would finally get on the board in the period with 2:23 left, but Stevens got the last say in the opening half by netting a score with just 11 seconds left before intermission. Scrutchfield and Maroon traded ends of the pass this time on the Ducks seventh score of the game.

As the teams switched sides to begin the final 30 minutes, the Warriors seemed to gain some type of momentum and exploded for three early second half goals. ECSU first scored on a man-up opportunity by Devine less than two minutes into the third quarter. Devine then scored less than a minute later to cut the score to 7-5, before Michael Sullinger cut the Ducks' lead to just one with 10:35 left in the period.

Stevens erased any momentum the Warriors gained with that scoring spree, as it responded with three scores of its own to push the lead back out to 10-6, going into the fourth and final quarter. Philippi made the game, 8-6, 50 seconds after the final ECSU goal in the period before Dorne tallied his third halfway through the period on another assist from Scrutchfield. The Ducks were awarded a man-up chance in the final two minutes, and Scrutchfield capitalized on the opportunity and added his third score.

ECSU would try once more to fight back in the final 15 minutes, as the Warriors put together goals just 20 seconds apart. Salieu Bolivar scored his lone point of the game with 9:34 left in the contest, before Devine found the back of the net 20 seconds later. Stevens would not allow East Conn. to claw back into the game by rolling off four straight scores over a five-minute span to put the game out of reach. Hofrichter netted back-to-back goals a minute apart to turn the contest from 10-8 to 12-8. Dorne assisted on the first score, while senior attack Kevin Rose (Garden City, N.J.) found Hofrichter for the 12th score of the game.

Dorne then took a pass from Hofrichter with just under five minutes left to complete his offensive performance and gave the Ducks a 13-8 stronghold on the game. Philippi wrapped up the Stevens scoring with 3:49 to go and staked the Ducks to their largest lead of the game.

Stevens seemed to lose some composure late in the game and allowed the Warriors to tally two man-up scores in the final minute of regulation which eventually led to the final score of the contest, 14-10.

On the defensive end, senior midfielder Michael Steinhauser (Boonton Twp., N.J.) controlled possession for the Ducks, winning 16-of-24 face-offs and scooped up a game-high 10 groundballs. Steinhauser also caused a turnover. Also contributing on the other end of the field for Stevens were senior defender Matt Marks (Cortland, N.Y.) and sophomore long stick midfielder Tim Culloty (Mahwah, N.J.), who combined for 13 groundballs and four caused turnovers. Marks picked up five groundballs and forced a turnover, while Culloty scooped up eight and caused three Warrior turnovers.

In net for Stevens was senior Eric Yando (Baldwinsville, N.Y.). Yando played all 60 minutes in cage for the Ducks and recorded nine saves and a groundball to improve his early season record to 2-0.

The Ducks are back on the field on Sunday, March 4, when they host No. 18 Springfield College at 1 p.m. on De Baun. Springfield will be a 2-0 mark into Sunday's matchup after defeating Nazareth College, 15-7 on February 25.

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