Stevens Tech vs. Elmira
April 18, 2012
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 18, 2012) – The nationally ranked No. 12 Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team erupted for 20 goals and cruised to an Empire 8 Conference victory over Elmira College at the DeBaun Athletic Complex on Wednesday afternoon. Stevens defeated the Soaring Eagles, 20-5, and received goals from 11 different student-athletes top propel the Ducks to an 11-2, 3-1 Empire 8 overall mark this season. The Ducks have one more home game this season before their final two regular season tests come on the road.

Stevens jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of play and outshot Elmira, 14-1, in the quarter. The second period was much of the same as the Ducks put another six-spot on the board to Elmira’s one, and took 13 more shots in the frame, compared to two by the Soaring Eagles.

As the second half got underway, the Ducks did not ease off the gas and netted five more tallies and went into the final 15 minutes of action with a 17-3 lead. Play was virtually even in the final period, as Stevens only held a slim 3-2 advantage in the stanza but came away with the 20-5 blowout victory.

Leading the way offensively for the Ducks was junior midfielder Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.) with six points on three goals and three assists apiece. All six of his points were recorded in the first half with his final point coming with one second remaining on the clock before halftime.

Senior attack Alex Hofrichter (Terrance Park, Ohio) and junior midfielder Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.) both netted hat tricks in the rout. Hofrichter scored on all three shots he took and picked up two groundballs, while Dorne handed out an assist.

A trio of Ducks tallied two goals in the win as well. Senior midfielder Taylor Brown (Cortland, N.Y.), junior midfielder Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.) and freshman attack Nick Harris (Grass Valley, Calif.) all found the back of the net twice. Harris also assisted on one score.

The rest of the goals registered in the game came from four midfielders, three freshmen and one sophomore. Sean Scrudato (Westfield, N.J.), the sophomore, tallied his second goal of the season, while Eric Uhl (Simsbury, Conn.), Ryan O’Connor (Arvada, Colo.) and James Rudolph-Shabinsky (Nayck, N.Y.) all registered their first collegiate goals for Stevens. Rudolph-Shabinsky assisted on a score as well.

Freshman attack JP Giroux (Ashburn, Va.) assisted on two goals in the game.

Senior defender Matt Marks (Cortland, N.Y.) paced Stevens with four caused turnovers and three groundballs.

All three goalkeepers on the roster saw action today with senior Eric Yando (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) earning the victory in 30 minutes played. Yando is now 10-2 this season and made one save before freshman Matthrew Deiner (Millstone Township, N.J.) made four saves and allowed three goals in just under 20 minutes in cage. Junior Ben Shaffer (Armonk, N.Y.) stopped one shot in 10 minutes of play.

The Ducks will hold their Senior Day event against Nazareth College on Saturday, April 21 at 12 p.m. in the regular season home finale. Stevens lost to Nazareth last year in the Empire 8 semifinals, 13-12, after topping the Golden Flyers, 19-6, in the regular season.