Hamilton vs. Stevens Tech
March 17, 2007
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 17, 2007) Ė Trailing 4-3 late in the second quarter, the Stevens Institute of Technology menís lacrosse team scored twice in the final minute of the first half as the ninth-ranked Ducks went on to pull away from Hamilton College for a 13-7 win on Saturday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. Senior midfielder Stephen Pascone (Selkirk, N.Y.) and junior attack J.R. Oreskovich (San Diego, Calif.) led the way with three goals apiece as Stevens improved to 4-1 on the year.

With the Ducks trailing by one goal and the Continentals (1-2) holding possession in the final minute of the first half, sophomore midfielder Alex Heckman (Sparta, N.J.) forced a turnover by senior midfielder Travis Modic (Sewickley, Pa.). Stevens took advantage as Pascone scored an unassisted goal to tie the score with 36 seconds remaining. On the ensuing faceoff, junior midfielder Alex Richards (Beaverton, Ore.) picked up a ground ball, raced down the field and scored with 30 ticks left on the clock to give the Ducks a 5-4 lead heading into halftime.

Stevens scored the first two goals of the second half to open a 7-4 cushion with 12:05 left in the third quarter. After an even-strength goal by sophomore midfielder Max Akuamoah-Boateng (Syracuse, N.Y.) brought the Continentals to within 7-5, the Ducks scored six unanswered goals to open a 13-5 advantage. Sophomore attack Matt Keating (Chatham, N.J.) tallied two goals during that stretch.

After falling behind early in the game, Stevens scored 10 of the next 11 goals at one juncture. The Ducks opened the second half by scoring eight of the first nine goals.

Senior midfielder Mark Bielicky (Bridgewater, N.J.) finished with a goal and three assists for Stevens. Senior attack Joe Van Sickle (Amherst, N.H.) had a team-high six ground balls. Senior defender Steven Suggs (Durham, N.C.) and freshman midfielder Bobby Steinhauser (Boonton Township, N.J.) won five faceoffs apiece. Senior goalkeeper Jack Dunderdale (Ridgefield, Conn.) picked up his fourth win of the season by making nine saves on the afternoon.

Freshman attack Justin Williams (New Canaan, Conn.) had two goals and five ground balls for Hamilton. Freshman midfielder Frank Holiber (Chappaqua, N.Y.) totaled six ground balls. Freshman midfielder William Haas (Chappaqua, N.Y.) led the way with seven ground balls. Senior goalkeeper Ethan Shoemaker (Kansas City, Mo.) made 13 saves in 55 minutes of action.

For the game, Stevens owned a slight edge in shots (35-34) and ground balls (44-38). The Ducks won 13 of 23 faceoffs and were successful on 16 of 25 clear attempts (64.0 percent). Hamilton converted just 12 of 28 clears (42.9 percent) in the game. Both teams were 2-for-5 in extra-man opportunities.

Coming up on Tuesday, Stevens will face Skyline Conference rival Montclair State University. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Montclair, N.J.