Stevens Tech vs. Muhlenberg
February 22, 2009
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (February 22, 2009) – Five players scored multiple goals and sophomore goalkeeper Dave Decker
saved 11 of the 14 shots he saw as the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team dominated Muhlenberg College, 16-4 in its 2009 season-opener. Senior attackman Matt Keating scored four goals to lead the Stevens offensive assault, and senior Preseason Attackman of the Year J.R. Oreskovich tallied two scores and assisted on three others. Sophomore Brandon Faubert also had a solid game for the Ducks, winning 10-of-16 face-offs and picking up a game-high 10 groundballs.

It took a while for the Ducks to get going in the cold and rain at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J., but once they did, it was no looking back.

Muhlenberg controlled possession in the early stages of the first quarter, but once the Ducks took over control of the ball, the goals would come in bunches. Junior Dan Prakopcyk scored the first of his three goals 4:44 into the game unassisted, and 3:13 later Oreskovich put Stevens ahead 2-0.

Freshman Kevin Rose scored the first of three man-up goals for the Ducks on a feed from Keating just 26 seconds after the Oreskovich score. The Mules were able to cut the score to 3-1 shortly thereafter, but Stevens was able to score once more in the first to take a 4-1 lead in quarter number two.

Just 47 seconds into the second, Keating scored his first of the contest to put the Ducks on top 5-1 and 3:32 later sophomore midfielder Chris Laurita netted the first of his three goals. The two teams traded tallies over the next seven-plus minutes of action before junior attackman/midfielder Alex Couture set up Keating with his second goal of the half to put the Ducks on top 9-3 heading into halftime.

Decker made seven stops in the first half as the Ducks only turned the ball over five times and picked up 14 groundballs to Muhlenberg’s nine.

The rout was on in the second as Keating scored on a feed from Oreskovich less than one minute in. Stevens went on to score twice more before Muhlenberg could score its fourth goal of the contest and by that time the game was over.

After another Keating goal early in the fourth to put Stevens on top 14-4, sophomore Joey Simone netted one on a counter with the Ducks two-men down. Simone also scored with 3:42 remaining for the final margin as there was little doubt from the start about the outcome of this game.

Stevens took a remarkable 51 shots in the game and picked up 30 groundballs. The Mules struggled, only getting off 28 shots, turning the ball over 17 times, and scoring just once over the game’s final 30 minutes. Muhlenberg also was only successful on 67 percent of its clears thanks to the great Stevens pressure all game.

Stevens went 15-for-23 on face-offs, with Faubert winning 10 of the 16 he took. The Ducks also were successful on 20 of their 23 attempted clears and converted on three of the 10 extra-man opportunities they had.

In addition to the offensive performances by Keating and Oreskovich, Laurita scored three times as did Prakopcyk. Senior captain Alex Heckman had two assists and so did Courture.

The Duck defense was also fantastic all day. Sophomore Zach McHugh was excellent, causing three turnovers and scooping up six groundballs, while sophomore Ted Pfeifer (Crozet, Va.) caused a turnover and picked up three groundballs.

Decker got the win in goal as he played the first 37:40. Senior Burke Reynolds took over for Decker and made two saves over the final 22:20 of game time.

Stevens will return to action at home when it hosts Stevenson University on February 28 in Hoboken. Stevenson, formerly known as Villa Julie College, defeated the Ducks in their 2008 season finale. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be webcast live at www.Empire8.tv.