Stevens Tech vs. Us Merchant Marine
April 28, 2007
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 28, 2007) � Second-seeded United States Merchant Marine Academy captured its first-ever bid to the NCAA Division III Men�s Lacrosse Championship with a 12-11 victory over top-seeded and 15th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology in the finals of the Skyline Conference Tournament on Saturday evening at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. The loss snapped a 58-game winning streak against conference opponents for the Ducks that dated all the way back to 2000.

USMMA (13-3) senior attack Sean Dougherty (Ellicott City, Md.) was named tournament most valuable player after recording four goals in the championship game. Sophomore attack Robert De Pol (Riva, Md.) added three goals in the victory. Freshman attack Brian Flannery (North Massapequa, N.Y.) finished with two goals. Junior goalkeeper John Pagano (West Islip, N.Y.) registered 22 saves in the game for the Mariners.

Senior midfielder Matt Althauser (Bellevue, Wash.) led the Ducks (13-4) with three goals. Junior attack J.R. Oreskovich (San Diego, Calif.) contributed a goal and three assists. Senior attack Joe Van Sickle (Amherst, N.H.), junior midfielder Alex Richards (Beaverton, Ore.) and junior midfielder John Dolny (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) added two goals apiece.

Meanwhile, freshman midfielder Bobby Steinhauser (Boonton Township, N.J.) won 18 of 23 faceoffs in the game and collected seven ground balls for Stevens, which had won six straight conference titles before this year. Senior goalkeeper Jack Dunderdale (Ridgefield, Conn.) made seven saves on the evening.

USMMA jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first seven minutes of the game and led 6-5 at halftime. Trailing 7-5 with less than 10 minutes to go in the third quarter, Stevens scored four straight times to take a 9-7 lead on a goal by Althauser with 3:18 remaining in the period.

Down 10-8 heading into the fourth quarter, the Mariners out-scored Stevens 4-1 over the final 15 minutes. De Pol�s goal with 6:06 left staked USMMA to an 11-10 lead. Althauser answered right back with the tying goal just over a minute later. Flannery netted the eventual game-winner with 3:30 to play off a pass from his brother Jim Flannery (North Massapequa, N.Y.), who is a senior attackman for the Merchant Marine.

Stevens owned a 46-35 advantage in shots and 31-25 edge in ground balls in the game. The Ducks won 20 of 26 faceoffs overall.

Coming up on Saturday, May 5, Stevens will host Villa Julie College in a non-conference game at 1 p.m. The Ducks will also find out on May 7 of a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.