Stevens Tech vs. Montclair State
May 13, 2007
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (May 13, 2007) – Junior attack J.R. Oreskovich (San Diego, Calif.) registered four goals and five assists as top-seeded Stevens Institute of Technology captured its first-ever ECAC Division III Men’s Metro Lacrosse Championship with a 17-6 win over second-seeded Montclair State University in the title game on Sunday at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. With his nine-point performance in the championship game, Oreskovich was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

In addition, Oreskovich broke the all-time record for points in a season at Stevens as he finished the 2007 campaign with 55 goals and 45 assists for 100 points. The previous mark of 92 points was accomplished by Stevens Hall-of-Famer Joe DiPompeo in 1997.

The Ducks also set a new school record for wins in a season as they wrapped up the year with a 16-4 overall mark. Stevens ended the season on a three-game winning streak. In the process, head coach Byron Collins (Succasunna, N.J.) registered his 100th career coaching win on Sunday. Collins has won 91 games in eight years at Stevens. He also won nine games as head coach at Greensboro College in 1998.

Tied a 1-1 midway through the first quarter, the Ducks took the lead as Oreskovich scored a man-up goal off a feed from senior midfielder Mark Bielicky (Bridgewater, N.J.). That goal was the first of four straight for Stevens as the Ducks opened a 5-1 cushion with 13 minutes remaining in the half.

Leading by three (7-4) in the closing seconds of the second quarter, Oreskovich scored his third goal of the game with eight seconds left on the clock as Stevens carried an 8-4 advantage into the break.

The Ducks put the game away with a six-goal spurt over the final two minutes of the third quarter and the opening nine minutes of the fourth. With Stevens in front 10-5, senior midfielder Matt Althauser (Bellevue, Wash.) scored an even-strength goal off a pass from Oreskovich. Junior midfielder Alex Richards (Beaverton, Ore.) added an unassisted goal just 56 seconds into the fourth quarter. Sophomore midfielder Matt Keating (Chatham, N.J.), Bielicky, Althauser and Oreskovich also scored in the run as the Ducks opened a 16-5 lead with 6:30 remaining.

Playing in his final game at Stevens, Bielicky tallied four goals and two assists. He is the Ducks’ all-time leader with 227 career points (164 goals, 63 assists). Althauser closed out his career with four goals, an assist and three ground balls. Senior attack/midfielder Patrick Bailey (Manassas, Va.) chipped in with two goals and an assist. Senior midfielder Steven Suggs (Durham, N.C.) won six faceoffs for the Ducks.

Stevens also received a solid performance in net from senior goalkeeper Jack Dunderdale (Ridgefield, Conn.), who had 17 saves in his final game in a Ducks’ uniform. Junior long-stick midfielder Nick Daniello (Cross River, N.Y.) contributed six ground balls and five faceoff wins. Freshman midfielder Bobby Steinhauser (Boonton Township, N.J.) added six ground balls.

Montclair (11-7) was led by senior attack John Della Pesca (Fair Lawn, N.J.), who had two goals and an assist. Senior midfielder Evan Wehmeyer (Succasunna, N.J.) contributed two goals and seven ground balls. He also won six faceoffs. Sophomore midfielder John Schiavone (Montclair, N.J.) won eight faceoffs for the Red Hawks. Sophomore goalkeeper Thomas Bowers (Hamburg, N.J.) stopped 24 shots in the game.

The Ducks out-shot Montclair 61-41 and owned a 41-34 edge in ground balls. Stevens converted on 25 of 30 clearing attempts and was 3-for-10 in extra-man opportunities. Montclair was 10-for-22 in clears and 0-for-9 in man-up situations.