Whittier vs. Stevens Tech
May 10, 2003
The Game Story:
WHITTIER, Calif. – Junior attack Ryder Bateman scored four goals as second-ranked Whittier College earned a 14-5 win over Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championship.

Whittier (9-0) scored the first five goals of the game and built a 7-1 lead at halftime. Bateman scored just 1:26 into the game as the Poets jumped out to a quick lead. Senior attack Luke Gilbert scored less than two minutes later and then assisted on a goal by sophomore midfielder Dax Harrison with 2:36 left in the first quarter to give Whittier a 3-0 lead.

Stevens (10-6) scored its first goal with 5:10 left in the second quarter when senior attack Mike Baumbach (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) finished off a pass from junior Matt Grande (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) to cut the Whittier lead to 5-1. The goal was Baumbach’s 100th of his career. He became the eighth player in Stevens history to reach the 100-goal plateau for his career.

The Ducks received an extra-man goal from freshman attack Rich Benson (Nassau, Del./Cape Henlopen) with 7:21 left in the third quarter to close to within 7-2, but Whittier exploded for five goals over the last seven minutes of the quarter to open up a 12-2 lead going into the final period. Bateman scored two goals as the Poets put the game out of reach.

Baumbach and juniors Matt Kuppe (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley) and Erik Reckdenwald (Glen Aubrey, N.Y./Whitney Point) added fourth-quarter goals for Stevens.

Whittier held a 38-26 advantage in shots. Junior goalie Adam Messick stopped seven shots for the Poets. Junior Matt Cannon (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) had 12 stops for Stevens which held Whittier to its lowest offensive output of the season.

Luke Gilbert, Dan Finck and Dax Harrison added two goals each for the Poets who will host Hampden-Sydney in the quarterfinals. The teams met earlier in the season with Whittier earning a 17-10 win