Stevens Tops Nazareth 8-7 On Last Second Goal

Stevens Tops Nazareth 8-7 On Last Second Goal

Stevens Tops Nazareth 8-7 On Last Second Goal

Stevens Tops Nazareth 8-7 On Last Second Goal

HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 12, 2008) – Sophomore midfielder Bobby Steinhauser scored the game-winning goal with 3.7 seconds remaining in regulation as the Stevens Institute of Technology posted its second-straight win over a nationally-ranked team with a thrilling 8-7 victory over No. 16 Nazareth College on Saturday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. Steinhauser’s third goal of the game, which came off a feed from behind the cage by senior attacker John Dolny, helped the Ducks win for the sixth time in seven games and kept the team tied for first place in the Empire 8 with sixth-ranked Ithaca College.

During Saturday’s win over the Golden Flyers (6-5, 3-3 Empire 8), Stevens overcame two-goal deficits on three separate occasions (2-0, 3-1, and 5-3) and battled back to tie the contest four different times. The Ducks led only one time all day – when Steinhauser scored in the final seconds.

Less than a week ago, Stevens (7-3) defeated 19th-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology by the final score of 8-6 in Hoboken. Currently, the Ducks are deadlocked with Ithaca (11-2) atop the Empire 8 standings with identical 5-1 marks. Stevens will play the Bombers next Saturday at 1 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y.

Nazareth scored two goals in the first nine minutes of the game and built a 3-1 lead with 3:11 remaining in the opening period when senior midfielder Matt Aloi (Jamesville, N.Y.) beat freshman goalie Dave Decker. The Ducks closed to within 3-2 when Dolny found Steinhauser in front of the cage for his second goal of the contest with 70 seconds left in the period.

Junior midfielder Alex Heckman knotted the score at 3-all on an unassisted effort with 9:22 remaining before halftime. The Golden Flyers responded by scoring two goals in the span of 35 seconds to take a 5-3 lead. Sophomore defender/midfielder Kyle Brown (Baltimore, Md.) picked up the first goal to spark the team. Aloi followed with an unassisted tally as Nazareth carried a two-goal edge into the break.

Less than three minutes into the third quarter, sophomore attacker Daniel Prakopcyk ripped a shot past sophomore goalie Todd Dermody (Selden, N.Y.) to trim the margin to 5-4. Just over five minutes later, Prakopcyk scored again to tie the game at 5-all.

With 4:18 left in the period, Aloi picked up his third goal of the game to put the Golden Flyers in front. Nazareth carried its slim one-goal lead (6-5) into the fourth quarter. Junior midfielder Matt Keating wasted little time tying the game as he fired a shot past Dermody just 53 seconds into the period. As was the case seemingly all day, Nazareth had the answer as senior midfielder Aaron Civalier (Rochester, N.Y.) scored off a feed from freshman midfielder Corey Remoli (Asbury, N.J.) with 11:49 to play.

Stevens pushed across the equalizer as Keating scored unassisted with 7:41 remaining. That goal set the stage for a wild last few minutes. Following an extended offensive possession that lasted over three minutes, Stevens turned the ball over. Nazareth had two chances on net, but Decker came up big down the stretch. After a turnover by Golden Flyers’ senior attacker Steve Cutia (Cortland, N.Y.) with just over two minutes remaining, the Ducks cleared the ball and called timeout with 1:27 left on the clock.

Dolny’s turnover behind the goal with 14 seconds to go gave the ball back to Nazareth, but Prakopcyk did not give up on the play as he forced senior defender John Hanss (Rochester, N.Y.) out of bounds with 10 ticks left. That turnover allowed Stevens to set up one final play. After beating a defender behind the net, Dolny found Steinhauser flashing in front of the crease. In one motion, Steinhauser received the pass from Dolny and fired a shot past Dermody for the game-winner.

In the fourth quarter, the Ducks out-scored Nazareth 3-1. During the second half, the score was 5-2 in favor of Stevens.

Steinhauser finished with three goals, five ground balls, and three faceoff wins. Dolny had four assists. Keating registered two goals and two assists. Prakopcyk posted two goals and five ground balls. Senior attacker/midfielder R.J. Ancona picked up three ground balls and won eight faceoffs, including the final one of the game as he scooped up the ball and ran out the last few seconds. Decker made 11 saves en route to earning his seventh win of the season.

Aloi had three goals and an assist for the Golden Flyers. Civalier added two goals and an assist. Remoli ended up with a goal and two assists. Dermody totaled seven saves in the loss.

For the game, Nazareth had the advantage in shots (33-22) and ground balls (28-27). The Ducks won the battle in faceoffs as they went 11-for-19. The Ducks converted 81.3 percent (13-for-16) of their clears. The Golden Flyers went 14-for-15 (93.3 percent).

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