Stevens Tech vs. Utica College
March 21, 2009
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 21, 2009) Ė Stevens Institute of Technology freshman Vincent Crisco won 17 of the 19 face-offs he took to help lift the Stevens menís lacrosse team to a 12-4 win over Utica College in the Empire 8 opener for both teams. Senior attackmen Matt Keating
and J.R. Oreskovich led the offense, recording five points apiece as Stevens improves to 4-3 on the season. The Ducks outscored Utica 5-2 in the third quarter to give themselves some breathing room after a tight first half.

The opening 15 minutes was all Stevens as the Ducks were in control throughout and took an early three-goal lead. Keating scored the first goal after a pass from Eric Smith, and freshman Cal Case, and Oreskovich tallied goals two and three.

Utica got a late goal in a relatively slow moving second quarter to cut the Stevens lead to two after two, and the Pioneers netted a quick score just 32 seconds into the third to make it a one-goal game.

That second goal seemed to light a fire under the Ducks as Stevens erupted for four goals over the next 3:03 to open up a 7-2 advantage. Sophomore Chris Laurita put away his 14th goal of the season off a feed from Oreskovich to start the spurt. Case and Oreskovich followed with unassisted tallies before junior attackman James Napolitano beat Utica goalkeeper Travis Wright (Watertown, N.Y.) thanks to a nice feed from Oreskovich.

After Utica cooled the fire with a goal, Laurita and Oreskovich hooked up again, this time for a man-up tally with 5:25 to go in the third to give Stevens an 8-3 lead.

Keating scored 3:08 into the fourth, and freshman attackman Alex Hofrichter followed with the first goal of his young career to give the Ducks a 10-3 advantage. Hofrichter would score again later as the Ducks played a very strong second half on both ends of the field. The final tally of the game was gorgeous with Oreskovich flipping a pass behind his back to Keating streaking towards the goal down the right seam after a scramble for a loose ball.

Crisco was huge all night for Stevens, seemingly fixing a problem that had plagued the Ducks in some of their losses. The rookie was fantastic in getting Stevens possession, and did a great deal of his own dirty work, picking up 14 ground balls.

Senior Alex Heckman had two assists, four ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Defenders Zach McHugh, Tom Iadanza, and Ted Pfeifer were all strong on defense for Stevens, shutting down the Utica attack.

Stevens scored two man-up goals and held Utica scoreless on seven man-up chances. The Ducks outshot the Pioneers 54-23 and won the ground-ball battle, 40-23.

Wright made 22 saves in the loss for Utica, and sophomore Dave Decker was credited with six saves in the win for Stevens.

The Ducks will return to action in Hoboken on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. when they face Colby College. For those unable to attend, the game will be webcast live at www.Empire8.tv.