Stevens Tech vs. Rit
April 6, 2008
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 6, 2008) – Senior attacker John Dolny
collected three goals and an assist in leading the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team to an extremely important 8-6 victory over 19th-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology on Sunday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. The win catapulted the Ducks (6-3) into a tie with Ithaca College for first place in the highly-competitive Empire 8 with identical 4-1 records. The Tigers (5-6) are now tied with St. John Fisher College for third place at 3-2.

RIT jumped out to a 2-0 lead as senior midfielder Andrew Ruocco (Corning, N.Y.) scored a pair of early goals. Stevens responded as Dolny converted off a feed from junior midfielder Matt Keating with 12 seconds left in the opening period.

Trailing 3-1, the Ducks tied the game with 8:55 remaining in the second quarter following back-to-back goals by freshman midfielder Brandon Faubert and sophomore attacker Daniel Prakopcyk. After a goal by RIT senior midfielder Daniel Rago (Geneva, N.Y.), Stevens knotted the game at 4-all when Dolny found freshman attacker Joey Simone for an even-strength tally with 2:34 left before halftime.

The Ducks dominated possession and played solid defense throughout the second half. In fact, Stevens out-shot RIT 22-9 and forced 14 turnovers after the break.

Dolny’s second goal of the game, which came 4:51 into the third quarter, staked the Ducks to a 5-4 lead. The Tigers caught a break in the final seconds of the period on a great individual effort by freshman attacker Iric Bressler (Stafford, Va.). After rolling around from the back of the cage, Bressler ripped a shot off the side post. The ball bounced over the head of freshman goalie Dave Decker and back towards Bressler, who picked up the rebound and scored while falling to the ground with just 0.4 seconds remaining. That goal tied the score at 5-5 heading into the fourth quarter.

With 13:43 left, the Ducks retook the lead when sophomore midfielder Bobby Steinhauser scored off a pass from Prakopcyk. Dolny scored what proved to be the game-winner during an extra-man opportunity just over six minutes later. That goal was his team-leading 20th of the season. Stevens extended the lead to 8-5 late in the contest on an unbelievable effort by Dolny. While trying to maintain possession in the box during the final two minutes, Dolny continued to elude Tigers’ defenders behind the cage. Ultimately, a flag was thrown for a holding penalty, but the action continued as Dolny worked to avoid a double-team by RIT.

Before stepping out of the box in front of the Ducks’ bench, Dolny threw a no-look pass over his head that sailed all the way behind the net to Steinhauser, who quickly found sophomore attacker Josh Holmes on the other side of the cage. Holmes unleashed a low liner that skipped past the feet of RIT senior goalkeeper Brad Conlon (Ottawa, Ontario) for an insurance goal with 69 seconds left.

Prakopcyk and Steinhauser had a goal and an assist apiece. Junior midfielder Alex Heckman and Keating added two assists each. Heckman also had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Senior attacker/midfielder R.J. Ancona came up huge as he won 10-of-17 faceoffs and picked up three ground balls in the win. Senior defender/long-stick midfielder Nick Daniello caused four turnovers and had three ground balls. Senior midfielder Frank Sorrentino led all players with five caused turnovers. Decker made seven saves in the game for Stevens.

Ruocco led the Tigers with two goals and two assists. Bressler finished with a goal and an assist. Conlon came up with 10 saves in the loss. Senior midfielder Jacob Brunner (Lafayette, N.Y.) won five faceoffs.

The Ducks owned a 39-26 advantage in shots on Sunday. Over the course of the final three quarters, the difference was even more pronounced though as Stevens out-shot RIT 33-17. In ground balls, the Ducks had 35 while the Tigers picked up 24. Stevens won 10-of-17 faceoffs overall and was 2-for-5 in extra-man opportunities. RIT capitalized on 2-of-3 man-up situations. The Ducks were 16-for-21 (76.2 percent) in clears. The Tigers went 12-for-22 (54.5 percent) in clears.

Stevens will return to action on Saturday, April 12 when it faces Nazareth College in another key Empire 8 game at 1:30 p.m. The contest will be carried live at The defending conference champion Golden Flyers are currently on the outside of the playoff picture as the sit in fifth place with a 2-2 league mark.