Stevens Tech vs. Colby
March 24, 2009
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 24, 2009) – The Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team held Colby College to just two second-half tallies in a 6-5 win over the Mules on Tuesday night at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. Senior captain Alex Heckman
scored the game-winner with 6:17 to go to lift the Ducks, as they were able to maintain possession for the final 4:25 of the fourth quarter after sophomore defender Zach McHugh intercepted a Colby pass. The win moves the Ducks to 5-3 overall and drops the Mules to 4-2.

Stevens controlled the stat sheet, outshooting the Mules 44-23, winning the turnover battle 25-14, and picked up 31 ground balls compared to 23 for Colby. Neither team could capitalize on man-up chances as both teams were successful on more than 80 percent of their clears.

The Mules jumped on top 2-0 at the 6:33 mark of the first quarter but senior attackman J.R. Oreskovich cut the lead in half with an unassisted goal 2:34 later, and freshman Kevin Rose netted the equalizer at with 40 seconds remaining in the first.

Colby scored with 7:43 to go in the second to take a one-goal lead going into intermission. Stevens held a 25-12 edge in shots after 30 minutes, but Colby’s senior goalkeeper Alex Farmer (Madison, Conn.) was superb in net, making 14 first-half saves. He finished with 20.

Stevens drew even at 3-all quickly after the break when Chris Laurita netted an unassisted tally, but Colby quickly had an answer as Mark Squicciarino (Titusville, N.J.) scored with 10:16 to go into the third.

Rose scored his second goal of the game 1:08 later to pull Stevens even again, and senior attackman Matt Keating gave the Ducks their first lead 1:34 into the fourth quarter. Colby was able to tie the score with 6:57 remaining, but 40 seconds later Heckman came up big with the game-winner.

Sophomore Dave Decker earned his fifth win of the season in goal, making 10 saves, and Farmer took the tough loss after playing a great game for Colby.

Sophomore midfielder Brandon Faubert was strong for the Ducks. He caused four turnovers and picked up five ground balls. Sophomore Jake Messimer also played big, causing four turnovers and picking up a game-high seven ground balls.

The back three for the Ducks, sophomores Tom Iadanza, Ted Pfeifer, and McHugh, all played a huge role in the win. Iadanza caused two turnovers and picked up a ground ball but played shut-down defense all night. Pfeifer had four ground balls and a caused turnover, and McHugh caused four turnovers, had three ground balls, and gave Stevens its final, game-sealing possession when he skied to intercept a long Colby pass.

Stevens will return to action at Alfred University on March 28 at 1 p.m. in an Empire 8 contest. The Ducks opened conference play with a 12-4 over Utica last Saturday night.