Stevens Tech vs. Ithaca
May 1, 2013
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (May 1, 2013) – The Stevens Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team fell to Ithaca College, 12-10, in the Empire 8 Conference Semifinals on Wednesday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex. Stevens ends the year 12-4 overall and will await to see if its season continues with an at large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship after the selection show announcement on Sunday.

Wednesday's matchup was completely different in many aspect compared to both team's regular season finales last Saturday. In the 11-4 victory for Stevens on April 27, Ithaca did not record a shot in the first quarter and was shutout in the first half of the game. Also, the Bombers' top three scorers, Pat Slawta, Jake Long and James Manilla were each held scoreless. In today's contest, however, the trio combined for nine points.

Stevens, the No. 2 seed in the Empire 8 Tournament and 11th nationally, took an early 1-0 edge but never led for the remainder of the contest after going up, 3-2, four minutes into the second quarter.

Senior Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.) put the Ducks on the board first after nearly nine minutes elapsed from the game clock in the first quarter off a pass from sophomore Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.). The Bombers answered right back with a goal of their own just under three minutes later to tie the score and end the opening period.

Ithaca exploded four six goal in the second quarter to just three for the Ducks and owned a 7-4 halftime lead. The Bombers scored just 44 seconds into the frame before Philippi netted his second of three tallies to knot the game back at 2-2. Stevens' final lead in the matchup came on a man-up goal scored by senior Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.) with 10:59 left in the half. Classmate Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.) assisted on the goal for one of his team-leading five points on the day. Durpas also scooped up three groundballs and caused two turnovers, while Dorne netted a hat trick with three groundballs in the loss.

The Bombers would roll off three straight goals over the next 3:30 to build a two-goal advantage, 5-3, midway through the period before Stevens could get back on the board. Junior Charlie Cronin (Northampton, Mass.) picked up the second consecutive man-up marker for Stevens with exactly 5:00 left on the clock on a pass from Dupras. The Bombers netted back-to-back goals from Long to close out the half.

As the second half got underway, the Ducks seemed poised to mount a comeback and eventually tied the game back up at 7-7 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter. Dorne tallied two of the three scores, while Cronin earned the other goal. Ithaca regained the lead on the ensuing faceoff and marched right down the field in eight seconds to go up, 8-7, through three periods and started a five-goal run.

In the fourth, Ithaca scored four times over the first 8:49 to take a five-goal lead at 12-7. A five-goal deficit for Stevens did not seem out of the cards, as the Ducks scored two quick goals with 3:27 left in regulation. Dupras posted both scores, unassisted, to bring Stevens to within three at 12-9, but needed to continue the momentum. With 1:16 left in the game, Philippi brought the Ducks one goal closer on the third man-up score off another assist from Dupras but there was not enough time left on the clock for two more goals.

Sophomore Matthew Deiner (Millstone Twp., N.J.) suffered the loss in cage for Stevens and made 11 saves with three groundballs.

Defensively, sophomore Brian Fahy (Eastchester, N.Y.) forced a game-high five turnovers to go along with three groundballs, while freshman Tim Fair (West Deptford, N.J.) picked up four groundballs and caused three turnovers.

The Ducks struggled at the faceoff “X”, winning just seven of 26 faceoffs. Both teams were successful in clears, as Ithaca converted on 21-of-26, while Stevens was 23-for-24.

Ithaca advances to the Empire 8 title game where it will play top-seeded Nazareth College at 12 p.m. in Rochester, N.Y. Nazareth took down Utica College today, 15-7.