Stevens Tech vs. Alfred
March 31, 2012
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 31, 2012) – The nationally ranked No. 9 Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team controlled its Empire 8 Conference opener against Alfred University from the opening face-off and went onto top the Saxons, 20-4, on March 31 at the De Baun Athletic Complex. With the victory, Stevens is now 9-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Empire 8. Three different Ducks tallied four goals in the win.

Stevens got off to a slow start in the game, only scoring two goals in the opening 15 minutes off tallies from senior midfielder Taylor Brown (Cortland, N.Y.) and senior attack Kevin Rose (Garden City, N.J.) in the first six minutes of the period. Brown’s goal was unassisted, while Rose took a feed from junior midfielder Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.) to register his score.

As the second quarter got underway, the Ducks’ offense awoke and put eight goals on the scoreboard in the frame. Stevens scored four goals over the first 9:29 of the stanza, and then four more in the final two minutes, including three in the final 31 seconds of the half.

Dorne netted the first goal on the second quarter just 48 seconds into the period off an assist from junior midfielder Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.) to give the Ducks a 3-0 advantage. Junior midfielder Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.) staked the Ducks to a 4-0 lead with an unassisted score at the 9:06 mark of the second period before Dorne picked up a man-up goal three minutes later. Not even a minute after the Dorne score, Dupras found senior attack Alex Hofrichter (Terrance Park, Ohio) on the doorstep of the game for the sixth score of the game and fourth of the quarter.

Over the final 2:09 of the first half, Philippi scored unassisted for a 7-0 Ducks lead, and then over the final 31 seconds, Dupras, Hofrichter and Rose tallied goals to send Stevens into the locker room with a 10-0 advantage. Sophomore long stick midfielder Tim Culloty (Mahwah, N.J.) earned his second assist of the season on the goal by Rose with two seconds remaining. Culloty also scooped up four groundballs and caused four turnovers.

Alfred finally got on the scoreboard after a minute ran off the clock to start the third period, but was quickly erased by a man-up score by Rose 51 seconds off the first of two consecutive assists from Hofrichter. Stevens went up by 11 goals off a Hofrichter helper to junior midfielder Brian Seldeen (Wayne, N.J.) for his second tally of the year with 10:43 to go in the third. Seldeen chipped in five groundballs.

The Saxons would score on their own man-up opportunity halfway through the period, only to watch Stevens go on an eight-goal and balloon its lead to 20-2 with five minutes left in the contest. Alfred would tack on two late goals in the final 3:47.

Over that 8-0 run from the 4:09 mark in the third to 5:02 remaining in the fourth, Brown scored three times and Dorne scored twice. Rose, Dupras and freshman defender Paul Romens (Verona, Wis.) each tallied one goal in the run. Romens picked up his first goal of his career to end the scoring for the Ducks on an unassisted goal. Dupras assisted on both scores from Dorne, while sophomore attack Charlie Cronin (Northampton, Mass.) found Brown for his third straight goal and Cronin’s first assist of the season.

Senior Eric Yando (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) earned his eighth victory of the season in all 60 minutes in cage, making seven saves and picking up a groundball.

At the face-off “X”, senior midfielders Michael Steinhauser (Boonton Twp., N.J.) and Charles DeCarlo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won 17 of 24 face-offs. Steinhauser won 11 of 15 with five groundballs, while DeCarlo was 6-for-9 at the “X” and picked up three groundballs.

Defensively, Stevens was led by senior Matt Marks (Cortland, N.Y.) with four groundballs and three caused turnovers. Junior Tyler Burgasser (Mendon, N.Y.) also picked up four groundballs and caused a turnover.

The Ducks outshot Alfred, 53-24, and picked up more groundballs, 37-23, in the win. Stevens also won 18 of 28 face-offs and scored on four of its seven man-up chances, while holding the Saxons to just one conversion in four opportunities.