Stevens Tech vs. Saint John Fisher
April 4, 2009
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 4, 2009) Ė The Stevens Institute of Technology menís lacrosse team got a big win over St. John Fisher College, 8-7 on Saturday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. Senior attackman Matt Keating
scored two goals as did freshman attackman Kevin Rose. The Cardinals netted the final three tallies of the contest, but freshman Vincent Crisco won the all-important final face-off to help seal the victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Dave Decker also played well for Stevens (8-3, 4-0 Empire 8), making 11 saves.

Freshman Alex Hofrichter got the Ducks on the board off a feed from Keating 3:47 in, and Keating put the Ducks up 2-0 57 seconds later with an unassisted tally. Senior captain Alex Heckman gave the Ducks a 3-0 cushion 5:01 into the second.

Fisher finally got on the board with 6:49 to go in the half, but Rose found net with a little less than five minutes to give Stevens a 4-1 lead going into the break.

Keating scored his second goal early in the third to give the Ducks a commanding 5-1 lead as the two teams traded tallies until the score was 7-3 with 10:24 to go. Rose and sophomore Chris Laurita had the Duck scores.

Alexander Bopp pulled Fisher within three, but senior captain J.R. Oreskovich found net with 3:44 remaining to make the score 8-4. From that point on, Fisher tallied three times over the next 2:40 to make the score 8-7 with 53 ticks left. Dave Wood, Chris Schmidt, and Jeff Price had the Cardinals goals.

Crisco squared off against Wood in the final face-off, got the win and the Ducks were able to hold on. Wood came into the game as one of the best face-off men in the country, but the freshman came through for Stevens when it mattered most.

The Stevens defense was solid throughout most of the game. Sophomores Tom Iadanza, Zach McHugh, and Ted Pfeifer led the way as Jake Messimer was strong as well. Iandanza had two caused turnovers and two ground balls, and McHugh accumulated four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Pfeifer had the best numbers for the defenders, scooping up five ground balls and causing three turnovers as Messimer had five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Stevens outshot Fisher 38-22 and held a slight edge in ground balls (30-29). Fisher won 10-of-16 face-offs but turned the ball over 23 times. Each squad converted two man-up chances as the Ducks were 2-for-4 and the Cardinals were 2-for-5.

The Ducks will return to action on April 11 at Rochester Institute of Technology. First face-off is slated for 1 p.m.