Nazareth vs. Stevens Tech
April 23, 2011
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (April 23, 2011) – The seventh-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team improved to 13-1 overall and 5-1 in the Empire 8 with a dominating 19-6 win over Nazareth College on Saturday in Rochester, N.Y. Stevens took a 10-2 lead into the break and allowed just four goals over the final three quarters to earn the key conference win. The Ducks were led by three goals and three assists from senior attackman Chris Laurita and nine saves by junior goalie Eric Yando.

The Ducks got off to a blistering start, tallying four goals on four shots in the first 4:23 of the opening quarter and put home the game’s first five goals overall. Laurita scored 41 seconds in and senior Brandon Faubert followed with 12:23 to play in the first. Sophomore Nicolas Philippi jumped in on the action with a pair of tallies to put the Ducks up 4-0 before junior midfielder Rich Dupras rang the bell thanks to a Laurita helper.

Nazareth (10-4 overall, 6-1 Empire 8) came back with two goals to close the first quarter but a 5-0 second for Stevens put the game away. Phillippi started period two with a goal 30 seconds in and freshman Christian Saley followed suit 2:21 later for a 7-2 margin.

The next 10 minutes were played with no goals before the Ducks exploded for three goals the final 2:35 of the first half to take a 10-2 lead. Junior Steve Czarnecki, junior Alex Hofrichter, and Saley all found the back of the net with unassisted scores.

Faubert and Laurita opened the second half with markers to push the lead to 10, but Naz tallied three-straight times to make it 12-5 with 5:55 to go in the third. Two of the goals came from sophomore Brian Wright (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) with senior midfielder Scott Castle (Skaneateles, N.Y.) recording a pair of assists. Stevens ended the game with a 6-0 run with sophomore Harry Dorne netting a pair. Faubert also recorded his 50th score of the season with 7:22 to play as the Ducks cruised to another double-digit win – their ninth of the season. They have also scored at least 15 goals in 11 of their 14 games.

Laurita had five ground balls to go along with his six points, while Faubert finished with four scores and one assist. Junior Kevin Rose and Phillippi each had three points apiece, while Dorn, Dupras, and Saley all had two. Senior Ted Pfeifer had a team-high four caused turnovers, while junior Matt Marks had three. Yando had five ground balls for the Ducks as did senior Jake Messimer. Rose and junior Michael Steinhauser had eight ground balls apiece with Steinhauser winning 11-of-20 face-offs for Stevens.

Stevens ended the game with a 43-30 edge in shots and a 49-40 advantage in ground balls. Stevens won 16-of-29 face-offs and converted 18-of-21 clears (86 percent). The Ducks also converted on two of their three extra-man opportunities.

Stevens will visit Elmira College on Wednesday afternoon before returning home to host Ithaca College on April 30.