Stevens Tech vs. Nazareth
May 6, 2011
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (May 6, 2011) – The fifth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team fell 13-12 to Nazareth College in the semifinals of the Empire 8 Championship on Friday evening at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. Stevens, seeded second in the tournament, falls to 15-2 on the season, while Nazareth improves to 11-5. The Ducks were led by three points from senior Brandon Faubert and junior Rich Dupras.

The Ducks tallied four of the game’s first five goals to take a 4-1 lead with 8:42 to play in the first thanks to markers from sophomore Nicolas Philippi, junior Alex Hofrichter, freshman Christian Saley, and senior Zach McHugh.

Naz came back with three of the final five scores in the opening quarter to make it a 6-4 game going into the second quarter. After junior Kevin Rose scored to give Stevens a 7-4 edge with 11:41 in the second, the Golden Flyers scored four-straight times to take an 8-7 lead with 2:11 to play before intermission. Senior Joe Jacobs-Ferderbar (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and freshman Collin Clark (Austin, Texas) each recorded two scores in the run.

A tally from Dupras with four seconds left in the quarter sent the two teams to the locker room with the score tied at eight apiece.

Faubert scored 33 seconds into the third to give Stevens a 9-8 advantage, and Rose put in his second of the game after Naz tied the score to give the Ducks the lead.

Ferderbar answered for Naz and junior CJ Estes (Medfield, Mass.) gave the Golden Flyers the lead with under five minutes to play in the third but the Ducks closed the quarter on a 2-0 run with goals from Saley and Philippi to head into the final 15 up 12-11.

In the fourth, the Ducks could not score in large part because of Golden Flyer goalie Tim Doyle (Macedon, N.Y.). Doyle made seven saves in the fourth quarter and 17 for the game and also picked up a key groundball late in the action. Stevens goalkeeper Eric Yando (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) was also solid, stopping 10 shots and picking up two ground balls.

Sophomore Brian Wright (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) tied the game with 13:42 left, Clark put in the eventual game-winner with 10:52 on the clock, and the Nazareth defense did enough late to keep the Ducks off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

Rose, Saley, Philippi, Dupras, and Faubert all had multiple scores for the Ducks and senior Chris Laurita had two assists. Junior defender Matt Marks led the defense with two caused turnovers and four ground balls. Junior Michael Steinhauser won 11-of-19 face-offs and the Ducks took 16 of the 29 in the game. Steinhauser also had a game-high eight ground balls. Senior Jacob Messimer had four ground balls and won both face-offs he took, and sophomore Brian Seldeen had three ground balls.

Ferderbar had five points on three goals and two assists, while Estes, Wright, and senior Scott Castle (Skaneateles, N.Y.) all had multiple points for Nazareth. Clark led Naz with five goals on seven shots and an assist.

Stevens ended with a 55-33 edge in shots, while Nazareth had a 33-31 ground ball advantage. The Ducks were 3-for-8 on man-up chances and were successful on 12 of their 14 clear attempts. Naz converted 17-of-28 clears.

Nazareth will now play at top seed Rochester Institute of Technology on Sunday afternoon for the conference title. The Tigers (16-0) beat Ithaca College in the other semifinal on Friday. The Ducks will await their fate in regards to an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship. That announcement will be made on Monday.