Defense Shines as No. 17 Stevens Defeats Springfield

HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 7, 2010) The No. 17 Stevens Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team defeated Springfield College, 10-4, on Sunday evening at the De Baun Athletic Complex thanks to a spirited second-half performance and superb defense.

The Ducks turned a 1-1 tie at the end of the first half into a 4-1 lead in just 4:09 as they improve to 4-0 on the season. Stevens was led by junior goalkeeper Dave Decker's (Califon, N.J.) 14 saves, and junior Zach McHugh's (Delray Beach, Fla.) two goals, five caused turnovers, four ground balls.

Junior Chris Laurita (Timber Ponds, N.J.) put the Ducks up 4:56 into the game with a tally thanks to a nice pass from senior captain Bobby Steinhauser (Boonton Township, N.J.), but that would be the only goal the Ducks could muster over the first 30 minutes and the two teams went into the locker room tied at one. Decker made eight saves in the first half, and his counterpart sophomore Marc Martinez (Babylon, N.Y.) stopped seven shots.

The Ducks came out in the second and looked like a new team. Sophomore Kevin Rose (Garden City, N.Y.) broke the tie 1:26 into the third quarter, and 55 seconds later, junior Taylor Brown (Cortland, N.Y.) made it 3-1 with his second goal of the season. Laurita's second goal of the contest and 10th of the season came with 10:51 remaining in the third to put Stevens up by three and it was smooth sailing for the Ducks from then on.

With 5:34 to go in the third, McHugh went coast-to-coast after picking up a ground ball for his first of the year and sophomore Alex Hofrichter (Cincinnati, Ohio) made it 6-1 Ducks after a nice feed from Laurita. On the play, Decker made a pass the length of the field to Laurita in the right corner and the junior found a cutting Hofrichter open in front for the pretty goal.

Springfield (2-2) got its first goal of the half and second of the game one minute later, but Hofrichter and Rose tallied early in the fourth to put the game away.

The Pride controlled the face-ff "x," winning 14 of 18. Junior Mark Eaton (Westford, Mass.) won all 14. The two teams each took 33 shots, but Springfield committed 33 turnovers compared to just 23 for Stevens. The Ducks ended the contest with a 23-18 edge in ground balls and converted 21 of 28 clears. Springfield was 18 for 27 on clear attempts.

Laurita paced the Ducks' offense with five points on two goals and three assists. He also picked up three ground balls and caused a turnover. Sophomore Jake Messimer (Rush, N.Y.) picked up four ground balls and junior Ted Pfeifer (Crozet, Va.) caused three turnovers in what was a dominant defensive performance by the Stevens back line. Hofrichter tallied a team-high three goals.

The Pride were led by senior Joe Macchi (Mahopac, N.Y.) and his two goals. Martinez ended the game with 11 saves.

Stevens will return to action on March 13 at 1:00 p.m. when it hosts Lynchburg College at the De Baun Athletic Complex.

2010-03-07



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