Stevens Tech vs. Stevenson
February 28, 2009
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. - Stevenson University men's lacrosse junior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) totaled two goals and one assist while junior Geoff Hebert (Lutherville/Dulaney) made a career-high 12 saves as the No. 8-ranked Mustangs won their first road game of the season, 9-7 against No. 15 Stevens Saturday at De Baun Athletic Complex.

Despite a 49-33 egde in shots, the Stevenson (2-0) offense continued to struggle, needing five second half goals to hold off the Ducks.

With score tied at 5-5 midway through the third quarter, the Mustangs score the final three goals of the period, including the final goal by Ford with just six seconds remaining to take an 8-5 lead into the fourth.

Stevenson outshot Stevens 14-5 in the third quarter and 32-14 for the second half.

Ford also had an assist in the quarter to senior Chris Baldwin (Baltimore/Calvert Hall) who scored back-to-back go-ahead goals to give Stevenson a 5-4 and 6-5 lead.

Stevens (1-1) opened the fourth quarter with two goals in the first 1:42 to pull within one at 8-7, but Ford would net his second goal of the game, unassisted with 11:53 remaining, to seal the Mustangs' fifth-straight regular season victory.

Sophomore Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winter Mills) also finished the day with three points as he picked up three assists, including two on Stevenson's first three goals. Baldwin added two points on his two third quarter goals as did junior Steve Kazimer (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger) who had a goal and an assist.

Hebert totaled four of his 12 saves in the fourth quarter, including two in the final 1:29 to preserve the lead.

Christopher Laurita had two goals and one assist to lead Stevens while Dave Decker made 13 saves and allowed nine goals in 57 minutes before giving way to Christopher Laurita for the final three-plus minutes.

Stevenson returns home to face a top-10 showdown with No. 2-ranked Gettysburg at home on Wednesday. Last year, the Mustangs nearly upset the Bullets on the road before falling 10-9. Game time is at 3:00 p.m.