Ohio Wesleyan vs. Stevens Tech
April 8, 2007
The Game Story:
DELAWARE, Ohio (April 8, 2007) – Junior attack J.R. Oreskovich (San Diego, Calif.) produced the greatest single-game scoring output in the 123-year history of the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse program and is believed to have had the highest scoring total of any player in Division III this season as he totaled eight goals and five assists during the Ducks’ 16-8 win over Ohio Wesleyan University on Easter Sunday in Delaware, Ohio. Stevens improved to 9-2 on the year with its fourth straight victory.

Oreskovich’s 13 points broke the school record of 11 points in a game – a feat that was accomplished five times before. In addition, according to the most recent NCAA statistical report (which included all games played through April 1), no player in Division III had surpassed 10 points in a game yet this season.

No matter how you look at it, Oreskovich’s performance on Sunday was truly remarkable. He tallied two goals and three assists in the first half and then recorded six goals and two assists after intermission. In fact, he had four goals and an assist as the 10th-ranked Ducks out-scored the Battling Bishops 6-2 in the fourth quarter.

After falling behind 3-2 with less than nine minutes remaining in the second quarter, Stevens tallied four straight goals to grab a 6-3 lead. Oreskovich, who has a team-high 46 points (27 goals, 19 assists) this season, scored two goals and added an assist in the run. OWU (8-3) scored two times in the final three minutes of the period to trim the Ducks’ advantage to 6-5 at the break.

Stevens opened the second half by scoring four straight goals to open a 10-5 advantage. Oreskovich collected two of the four goals for the Ducks. Sophomore midfielder Matt Keating (Chatham, N.J.) and senior midfielder Matt Althauser (Bellevue, Wash.) also found the back of the net.

Stevens pulled away in the fourth quarter as Oreskovich spearheaded the offense with a five-point period. The Battling Bishops, who had won six straight games before Sunday’s loss, did not help their cause as they took seven penalties in the quarter that resulted in four extra-man opportunities for the Ducks. Stevens cashed in on all four man-up situations to blow the game open.

Not to be out-done by Oreskovich, Althauser had a fine afternoon as well as he recorded three goals and three assists. Senior midfielder Steven Suggs (Durham, N.C.) won 15 of 20 faceoffs on the day. Senior goalkeeper Jack Dunderdale (Ridgefield, Conn.) made 11 saves before being replaced with just two minutes remaining in the game.

OWU was led by sophomore attack Dave Castignola (Dublin, Ohio), who had three goals and an assist in the loss. Junior midfielder Chris Eccles (Secane, Pa.) added a pair of goals. Junior goalkeeper Ryan Perone (Fairfield, Conn.) recorded 12 saves and allowed all 16 goals.

Stevens owned a 49-33 advantage in shots in the game. The Ducks won 17 of 28 faceoffs overall. Stevens was 5-for-6 in extra-man opportunities. OWU finished 4-for-4 in man-ups.

The Ducks will be right back in action tomorrow after flying back from Ohio as they take on Skyline Conference rival Manhattanville College at 4 p.m. That contest will be played in Purchase, N.Y.