February 24, 2013

Three Players Notch Seven Points as Stevens Rolls

from press release

HOBOKEN, N.J. – The nationally ranked No. 7 Stevens Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team dominated Endicott College in the 2013 home opener, 21-9. Stevens scored at least five goals in each of the first three quarters to cruise to its second victory of the season. Eight different Ducks scored in the contest.

Senior Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.), junior Charlie Cronin (Northampton, Mass.) and sophomore Andrew Scrutchfield (Lewes, Del.) each tallied seven points for Stevens. Cronin led the way with five goals and two assists, while Philippi and Scrutchfield each registered four scores and three helpers.

Fellow senior Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.) posted a hat trick and three assists for six points, while sophomore Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.) handed out three assists and scored one more. Stevens' goals were capped off by two from senior Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.) and one a piece from junior Sean Scrudato (Westfield, N.J.) and freshman Connor O'Shea (Ridgewood, N.J.).

Despite only winning 12-of-33 faceoffs in the game, Stevens maintained possession for a majority of the game due to 33 Endicott turnovers. The Ducks caused 14 turnovers, led by six from sophomore Brian Fahy (Eastchester, N.Y.). Fahy also scooped up six of the team's 46 groundballs. Senior Tim Culloty (Mahwah, N.J.) paced Stevens with seven groundballs.

Sophomore Matthew Deiner (Millstone Twp., N.J.) earned the victory in goal for the Ducks in just over 48 minutes of action. Deiner made nine saves and picked up two groundballs before being replaced by freshman Alex Malecki (Hillsborough, N.J.). Malecki stopped two shots in the final 11:48 of game time.

Endicott netted the first goal of the game just 1:38 into the opening quarter, but the Ducks responded with five-straight from over the next nine minutes of play to take a 5-1 lead. After two scores by the Gulls to chip into Stevens' edge, 5-3, Philippi assisted on tallies by Cronin and Scrutchfield to bring the contest back to a four-goal advantage, 7-3, and closed out the first 15 minutes.

Philippi kicked off the scoring in the second period with a man-up goal at the 10:05 mark before Endicott tried to mount a rally with two more goals in a 2:19 span. After Stevens' lead got cut to 8-5, the Ducks ran off four scores in the final 2:53 of the half and went into intermission with a 12-5 cushion.

In the third quarter, Stevens outscored Endicott, 6-2, and pushed its lead out to 18-7 with 15 minutes left to play in the contest. The Ducks increased the difference by one more goal in the fourth quarter to account for the final outcome of the showdown.

The Ducks were successful on 17-of-19 clears, while holding Endicott to just 9-of-16. Stevens also scored on five of its 15 man-up opportunities and shutout the Gulls on all 14 of their chances. In all, 29 penalties were called in the game.

Stevens will play two-straight road games before returning home on March 6 against Muhlenberg College at 4 p.m. The Ducks travel to Eastern Connecticut State University on February 27 for a 4 p.m. showdown, and remain on the road on March 2 against Springfield College for a 1 p.m. start.


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