Stevens Tech vs. Saint John Fisher
April 9, 2011
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 9, 2011) – Senior co-captain Chris Laurita netted three goals and dished out six assists for a game-high nine points, as the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team, ranked sixth on the latest USILA Coaches Poll, remained undefeated with an impressive 18-6 win over No. 16 St. John Fisher College at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J.

Stevens, which allowed just one second half goal, outscoring their Cardinal counterparts 10-1 over the final two periods, improved to 12-0 overall on the year and 4-0 in Empire 8 play with the win – head coach Gene Peluso’s 150th career victory. Fisher fell to 9-2 on the season and 1-2 in league play.

Hoping to get the visiting Cardinals off on the right foot, junior attack Mitch Ritchie (Brockport, N.Y.) put Fisher on the board less than two minutes after the opening whistle, staking St. John Fisher to a 1-0 edge. Laurita quickly responded with a game-tying tally at the 12:07 mark, but a Ryan Schmidt (Whitesboro, N.Y.) goal just over time minutes later put the Cardinals back on top.

Looking to take its first lead of the contest, co-captains Brandon Faubert and Alex Hofrichter netted consecutive goals to put Stevens ahead 3-2. Junior Connor Henderson (Canandaigua, N.Y.) momentarily pulled the Cardinals even at 2:52, but two Ducks’ goals in the final minute of the frame – one from Hofrichter at the 58 second mark and one from Laurita at 0:30 – gave Stevens a two-point lead following a closely contested first.

Trying to build on its momentum, Stevens came out firing to start the second, netting two quick goals on Christian Saley and Harry Dorne scores just over six minutes in. Henderson ended Stevens’ streak of four consecutive goals with a marker at 2:25, but Laurita tallied his third goal of the day with just 45 seconds left in the frame. Undaunted, Henderson raced into the attacking third, just getting a shot into the back of the Stevens net with three seconds left on the clock, making it 8-5 in favor of the home team heading into the intermission.

Stevens would break it open in the third, getting five unanswered goals coming out of the break to take a 13-5 advantage at the 3:43 mark. Junior midfielder Rich Dupras registered a hat-trick during the span, while Faubert and Hofrichter accounted for the other goals in the Ducks’ decisive run. With time winding down in the quarter, Fisher would net its lone second half goal, when junior midfielder Ryan Leonard (West Henrietta, N.Y.) put away a tally at 2:40.

The Ducks continued to stay aggressive and go on the offensive in the final frame, tacking on five more scores to secure the 18-6 margin. Faubert got things started with an unassisted goal at 12:50 before Saley scored a man-up goal off of a Laurita assist at 8:10. Senior midfielder Joey Simone got into the act with a marker less than two minutes later, before Saley and Hofrichter closed out scoring with a pair of goals.

Laurita finished with nine points on three goals and six assists, while Hofrichter tallied five points with four goals and one helper. Laurita, Saley, Faubert, and Dupras each netted a hat-trick to help supplement a balanced Stevens’ attack, while Simone and Dorne each recorded a score.

Junior midfielder Michael Steinhauser was once again impressive in the ‘X’ going 21-for-25 on face-offs, while collecting 16 groundballs, while junior defenseman Matt Marks tallied three caused turnovers in the win. Senior co-captain Zach McHugh chipped in with five ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers, while Eric Yando made seven saves en route to his 12-straight victory.

Henderson paced the Fisher offense with three goals, with Ritchie, Schmidt, and Leonard also recording a score. Senior Alexander Bopp (Lindenhurtst, N.Y.) collected a team-high six ground balls, while freshman goalkeeper Jamie Campagna (Liverpool, N.Y.) made 21 saves in the loss.

Stevens once-again cracked the 60-shot plateau, holding a 63-21 shot advantage, while scoring at least 15 goals for the sixth-consecutive game. The high-flying Ducks’ attack, which currently ranks in the top five nationally in four different offensive categories, was especially potent in the second half, outshooting the Cardinals by 25, while outscoring Fisher 10-1.

Equally as impressive was the stingy Stevens defense, which clamped down as the game wore on, allowing just one second half goal on nine total second half shots – none in the fourth and final quarter.

After a week-long lay-off the Ducks return to action on Saturday, April 16 against No. 4 Rochester Institute of Technology.