No. 6 Stevens Survives OT Scare from Muhlenberg
from press release
HOBOKEN, N.J. – Despite leading 8-0 after halftime, the nationally ranked No. 6 Stevens Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team needed overtime to get past Muhlenberg College on Wednesday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex. With the victory, Stevens is off to a 5-0 for the third consecutive season.
Senior Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.) netted the game-winner with 2:39 left in extra time off a pass from classmate Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.) after a terrific save by sophomore Matthew Deiner (Millstone Twp., N.J.) that kept the Ducks alive in the golden-goal overtime. Deiner's save led directly to a successful clear by Stevens and the game-winning score.
Deiner played the first three quarters of the game but was replaced by freshman Alex Malecki (Hillsborough, N.J.) in the final 15 minutes. Deiner re-entered the contest for overtime and came up with the key save, one of his 10 in the showdown to go along with two groundballs.
Muhlenberg was held off the scoreboard until 9:23 remaining (35:37 of full gametime) in the third quarter but cut down goals off the Stevens lead, 10-4, heading into the final quarter. The Mules held the Ducks scoreless in the final period and took complete control of the game, winning five-of-six faceoffs and picked up 12 groundballs to just five for Stevens.
The first goal of the fourth quarter came at the 10:17 mark one of three tallies by Jason Mertz. After neither team could find the back of the next in the next six minutes, the Mules posted a man-up score with 4:12 to go and rolled off four more goals over the final 2:26, including three in the last 57 seconds of regulation. Doug Rheiner scored one of his three scores with 19 seconds left and then Mertz sent the game to overtime as the final zeros came up on the clock.
On the Stevens side, senior Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.) led the Ducks with four goals, two caused turnovers, two groundballs and one assist. Philippi scored the first three goals of the game for Stevens and netted his final marker with 59 seconds left in the third quarter, which was the last goal for the Ducks in regulation. Two of Philippi's goals came unassisted, while the other two were handed out by Dorne.
Dorne also scored one marker in the third period as part of his five-point afternoon off the lone assist from Philippi.
Dupras and sophomore Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.) each netted two goals in the first half, one for each came on man-up chances. Sophomore Andrew Scrutchfield (Lewes, Del.) assisted on both Maroon tallies and one of Durpas' to account for his three points. Dupras also scooped up four groundballs, while Maroon recorded three.
Junior Charlie Cronin (Northampton, Mass.) picked up one point on the opening goal of the second period with 6:01 left. Cronin also picked up five groundballs in the game.
At the faceoff "X" the teams split the 24 chances evenly. Stevens was led by six wins in 12 chances from freshman Brett Incollingo (Yardley, Pa.) and four from junior Tim Culloty (Mahwah, N.J.) in nine tries. Culloty scooped up a team-best six groundballs, while Incollingo was close behind with five.
Sophomore Brian Fahy (Eastchester, N.Y.) chipped in four groundballs and two caused turnovers for the Ducks.
Stevens outshot Muhlenberg, 42-34, but the Mules won more loose balls, 42-39. Both schools failed on four clear attempts, as the Ducks were 15-for-19 and Muhlenberg went 12-for-16.
The Ducks take on No. 1 SUNY Cortland on March 13 in Virginia Beach, Va. at 6 p.m. for their next contest. Stevens met Cortland in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship and lost, 10-9, to the Red Dragons. Three days later, on the 16th, No. 4 Tufts University will visit Hoboken for a 1 p.m. tussle between some of the nation's best teams.
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