Stevens Tech vs. Stockton State
April 20, 2005
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. – Sophomore attack Mark Bielicky (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) scored five goals and junior midfielder Jay Wells (Shaftsbury, Vt./Mount Anthony Union) had three goals, one assist and won 21 of 24 faceoffs as the seventh-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team earned a 23-6 win over Richard Stockton College on Wednesday night in a Knickerbocker Lacrosse Conference game at DeBaun Field.

Stevens (10-2, 5-0 Knickerbocker), ranked seventh in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III coaches poll, clinched the top seed in next week’s Knickerbocker tournament. Stockton wraps up its regular season at 8-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference.

Stockton held leads of 2-0 and 3-2 in the first quarter, but Stevens scored 16 consecutive goals to take control. Senior midfielder Ryan McQuilken scored his second goal of the game to give the Ospreys a 3-2 lead with 1:56 left in the first quarter. Stevens tied the game on a goal by sophomore attack Joe Van Sickle (Hampton, N.J./Peddie School) with just four seconds left in the quarter. The Ducks took the lead for good with two goals in the first 23 seconds of the second quarter. Wells won the faceoff to begin the quarter and fed Van Sickle for a goal at 14:44. He won the ensuing faceoff and took the ball down the field for an unassisted goal at the 14:37 mark. Bielicky scored four of his five goals in the second quarter when Stevens outscored Stockton 12-0.

Leading 15-3 at halftime, Stevens scored the first three goals of the third quarter before Stockton ended its drought at the 4:00 mark on a goal by senior attack Anthony Severino.

Van Sickle finished with three goals while freshman attack John Dolny (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) had three goals and two assists. Sophomore midfielder Alex Richards (Beaverton, Ore./Century) had three goals and one assist. Nine different players scored as every Stevens player saw action.

McQuilken and junior midfielder Jeff Martin led Stockton with two goals apiece.

Stevens held a commanding 62-23 advantage in shots and a 27-5 advantage in faceoffs won. Freshman Corey Vaillancourt (Lincoln Park, N.J./Boonton), the second of three Stevens goalies, recorded four of the Ducks’ nine saves. Freshman goalie Ryan Konop, who played the second half in net for Stockton, stopped nine shots.

Stevens closes out Knickerbocker Lacrosse Conference play on Saturday, April 23, with a 1 p.m. game at Kean University.