Stevens Tech vs. Hartwick
April 1, 2009
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 1, 2009) – Senior attackmen Matt Keating
and J.R. Oreskovich recorded six and five points, respectively as the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team defeated Hartwick College, 14-7 on a rainy Wednesday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. Freshman attackman Alex Hofrichter tallied a career-high three goals, and junior midfielder Alex Couture found net twice as the Ducks (7-3, 3-0 Empire 8) won for the fourth-straight game. Freshman Vincent Crisco won 16-of-22 face-offs to give the Ducks a big advantage in possession, and sophomore midfielder Brandon Faubert picked up a game-high 10 ground balls.

The Ducks were able to blow open a relatively close game in the second half as they outscored the Hawks (3-5, 1-2 Empire 8) 7-2 in the game’s final 30 minutes. Hartwick was hanging around, down 11-7 after three, but a penalty call against the Ducks seemed to elevate the squads’ play in the fourth quarter as they really shut-down the Hawks.

Crisco got called for an illegal stick on the opening face-off of the fourth quarter, so Stevens had to play one-man down for three minutes. Hartwick controlled possession for approximately 15 seconds before the Ducks took over and never let go. The call itself and the ensuing penalty-kill visibly raised the intensity to another level.

Stevens outshot Hartwick 12-0 in the final quarter, held possession for more than 12:30, and scored three goals, one of the spectacular variety from freshman Kevin Rose. Rose did some nifty dodging before leaving the defender in his wake and beating senior goalkeeper John Meade (Ocean Beach, N.Y.) with a perfect shot.

Keating and Oreskovich scored the first two goals of the contest to put Stevens up 2-0, but early on, Hartwick always seemed to have an answer and stayed close. The Ducks opened a 5-2 lead on back-to-back goals from Oreskovich and Hofrichter, but the Hawks answered quickly with tallies from Ryan Kloss (Hillsborough, N.J.) and Alex Giovinazzo (Waltham, Mass.) just 1:03 apart.

Oreskovich scored again to give the Ducks a two-goal lead with 9:42 left in the second, Keating followed with a score 1:24 later to open up a three-goal cusion, but Steve Caramello (Duxbury, Mass.) found net with 5:05 remaining in the half to make the score 7-5.

The Ducks opened the third with a goal from Keating 1:03 in. Senior captain Alex Heckman recorded one of his two assists on the play. Hofrichter tallied 1:03 later to give the Ducks a four-goal advantage, and following a Hartwick score, Heckman scored one of three man-up goals for the Ducks. Hofrichter followed the Heckman goal to make it 11-6, but Giovanazzo tallied again to keep the ‘Wick within striking distance.

After the Ducks did an outstanding job killing of the illegal-stick penalty, Rose scored his fantastic goal with 10:49 to play as Couture and Oreskovich closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter.

Stevens has been doing a nice job of late with its man-up chances, and the Ducks continued to impress today, going 3-for-6.The Ducks’ penalty killing has also been good all season. Stevens held Hartwick to zero goals in five chances and have killed off 41-of-51 penalties on the year.
The Stevens defense was strong again as they kept the opponent under eight goals for the seventh time this season. Sophomore Dave Decker got the win in net, making seven saves, picking up three ground balls, and causing a turnover.

Sophomore Zach McHugh caused a turnover and picked up four ground balls as sophomore Tom Iadanza caused a game-high four turnovers and scooped up four ground balls.

Keating finished with three goals and three assists, along with a ground ball and a caused turnover. Oreskovich had four goals, one assist, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Heckman finished with a goal, two assists two ground balls, and two caused turnovers.

Stevens ended the contest with a 40-30 advantage in shots, but the Ducks put 26 on the cage. Stevens held a big advantage in ground balls (39-20) and face-offs (16-6).

Stevens will return to action when it hosts Empire 8 rival St. John Fisher College on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. For those unable to attend, the game will be webcast live at www.Empire8.tv.