Stevens Tech vs. Kean
April 25, 2007
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 25, 2007) Ė Junior attack J.R. Oreskovich (San Diego, Calif.) totaled a game-high 10 points from six goals and four assists as the top-seeded and 15th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology menís lacrosse team advanced to the finals of the Skyline Conference Tournament with a 19-4 victory over fourth-seeded Kean University in the semifinals on Wednesday at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. With the win, the Ducks improved to 13-3 on the year.

Coming up on Saturday, Stevens will host either second-seeded United States Merchant Marine Academy or third-seeded Montclair State University in the Skyline championship game. That contest will be played at 7 p.m. in Hoboken. The game will be carried live at www.duckcast.com.

Senior midfielder Matt Althauser (Bellevue, Wash.) totaled two goals, two assists, six ground balls and four caused turnovers against Kean. Senior attack Joe Van Sickle (Amherst, N.H.) finished with four goals. Freshman midfielder Bobby Steinhauser (Boonton Township, N.J.) won 15 of 17 faceoffs and collected 12 ground balls. He also had two goals.

The Cougars (11-6) were led by freshman attack Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn, N.J.), who posted a goal and an assist. Senior midfielder Josh Foote (Monroeville, N.J.) won five faceoffs and grabbed three ground balls in the loss.

Althauser opened the scoring just 81 seconds into the game as he converted on a feed from Oreskovich. With 7:54 remaining in the first quarter, Althauser found the back of the net once again. Just 18 seconds later, Steinhauser scored to stake the Ducks to a 3-0 lead. Steinhauser added his second goal of the game a mere 12 seconds later as Stevens scored three times in a 30-second span.

The Ducks went on to score three more goals in the period as they led 7-0 after the first 15 minutes. Back-to-back goal by Oreskovich and another by Van Sickle extended the margin to 10-0 with 10 minutes left in the second quarter.

Leading 11-3 at halftime, Stevens scored the first eight goals of the second half to open a 19-3 advantage. Oreskovich scored three of the eight goals in that stretch.

The Ducks out-shot the Cougars 54-20 in the game. Stevens owned a 53-20 edge in ground balls. Meanwhile, the Ducks were 16-for-21 (76.2 percent) in clearing attempts. Kean converted on 14 of its 26 clears (53.8 percent). Stevens won 21 of 27 faceoffs in the contest.