Stevens Stifles Ithaca, Grabs E8 Second Seed
from press release
HOBOKEN, N.J. – The Stevens Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team clinched the second seed in the upcoming Empire 8 Conference Championship with a convincing 11-4 victory over Ithaca College on Senior Day at the De Baun Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon. With the win, No. 11 Stevens finishes the regular season with a 12-3 overall record and went 6-1 in the Empire 8.
The Ducks jumped out early with two goals just nine seconds apart and never trailed in the game. Senior Rich Dupas (Hillsborough, N.J.) put Stevens ahead, 1-0, on an unassisted score at the 11:18 mark of the first quarter. On the ensuing faceoff, senior Brian Seldeen (Wayne, N.J.) scooped up the groundball and raced down the field to score with 11:09 on the clock.
Stevens played suffocating defense throughout the opening period and held Ithaca to no shots and forced the Bombers into eight turnovers in the first quarter.
First quarter scoring ended with 1:26 left on the clock on Stevens' assisted tally of the contest when Dupras found classmate Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.) wide open in front of the cage to give the Ducks a 3-0 advantage after 15 minutes.
Much of the same took place in the second quarter as Stevens outscored the Bombers, 3-0, in the frame and held a 6-0 halftime lead. Junior Charlie Cronin (Northampton, Mass.) opened up the scoring with an unassisted goal with 9:38 to go. Just one minute later, senior Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.) took a pass from Dorne to give the Ducks a five-goal edge on the lone man-up goal in the contest. With 2:27 left on the clock before halftime, Dupras picked up his second of three goals on the day.
Dupras paced Stevens with five points in the showdown, while Philippi and Dorne each recorded two points.
The Bombers finally cracked the scoreboard 1:14 into the third quarter as Connor Lowe found the back of the net for an unassisted score. Both offenses stalled for over 12 minutes in the third quarter until Cronin found Philippi for the seventh goal of the game for Stevens with just over a minute left in the period.
Stevens pushed its lead out to 9-1 halfway through the fourth quarter on scores by freshman Griffin Rock (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and sophomore Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.). Rock netted his only goal of the game 4:30 into the final quarter off a feed from classmate Connor O'Shea (Ridgewood, N.J.). Maroon took a pass from Dorne three minutes later to give the Ducks an eight-goal cushion with just over seven minutes left in the game.
Rock also scooped up four groundballs for the Ducks.
Both teams put together a short offensive explosion with five combined goals over the next 3:46 to cap off the game. Ithaca scored nine seconds after the Maroon goal for a 9-2 ballgame, and 25 seconds later, Dupras tallied his hat trick on an assist from Seldeen with 7:02 to go. The Bombers picked up back-to-back in the next two minutes to bring the game to within six goals at 10-4. Stevens, however, had the last say and answered less than a minute later on Maroon's second goal and second assist from O'Shea with 3:50 left in regulation for the final goal of the game.
Sophomore Matthew Deiner (Millstone Twp,. N.J.) earned his 11th victory in cage for the Ducks with six saves and two groundballs in 58:26 of action. Senior Ben Shaffer (Armonk, N.Y.) played the final 1:34 and made one save.
Freshman Brett Incollingo (Yardley, Pa.) won nine faceoffs on the day and picked up four groundballs, while junior Tim Culloty (Mahwah, N.J.) forced a team-high five turnovers with five groundballs. Freshman Tim Fair (West Deptford, N.J.) picked up a team-best six groundballs and caused four turnovers on defense.
The Ducks doubled up Ithaca in shots, 41-20, and caused 15 turnovers. The Bombers did not eclipse double-digit shots in the game until the seven-minute mark in the third quarter.
Stevens converted on 31-of-34 clears, while Ithaca was successful on 19-of-26.
Both teams will square off again on May 1 in the Empire 8 Semifinals in Hoboken at 4 p.m. Top-seeded Nazareth will host Utica in Rochester in the other semifinal. If Nazareth wins, the Stevens/Ithaca winner will head up to Rochester for the title game. If Utica prevails, the Ducks or Bombers will host the championship showdown on May 4.