Stevens Falls to Empire 8 Rival and No. 19 RIT

HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 17, 2010) The No. 19 Rochester Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team outscored Stevens Institute of Technology 5-1 in the second half en route to a 10-6 Empire 8 win on Saturday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J.

Stevens falls to 3-2 in the Empire 8 and 7-5 overall with the loss, while the Tigers improve to 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference. The Ducks were led by junior goalkeeper Dave Decker (Califon, N.J.) and junior attackman Chris Laurita (Timber Ponds, N.J.) who had two goals and an assist.

Stevens got on the board 7:25 into the game with an unassisted tally from freshman Rich Dupras (Hillsbrough, N.J.), but the Tigers scored the next two to take a one-goal (2-1) lead with 2:36 to go in the first. Senior captain Bobby Steinhauser (Boonton Township, N.J.) took a pass from Laurita to knot the game at two apiece.

After RIT opened up a 4-2 lead early in the second on goals from senior Sean Gillies (Oakville, Ontario) and junior Kelso Davis (Freeport, Maine), the Ducks went a 3-0 scoring run to take a 5-4 lead with 2:19 left in the first half. Laurita, senior Alex Couture (Vienna, Va.), and sophomore Alex Hofrichter (Cincinnati, Ohio) had the Duck goals. RIT was able to knot the game at five thanks to Davis' second with 20 seconds left in the half and the two teams went into the locker room tied.

Gillies scored the only two goals of the third quarter, and following Laurita's second of the game with 12:34 to play, RIT recorded the game's last three tallies for the final margin.

RIT ended the contest with a 36-25 edge in shots and a 30-28 advantage in ground balls. RIT (21) and Stevens (24) each committed more than 20 turnovers. The Ducks, which converted 18 of 25 clears on the day, were successful on just three of their eight attempts in the fourth quarter.

Junior Robert Tonnessen (Ridgefield, Conn.) earned the win in goal for the Tigers, making 11 saves. Junior Dave Decker (Califon, N.J.) played well in goal for the Ducks despite the loss. He was credited with 14 stops.

Steinhauser picked up a team-high seven ground balls for Stevens, while Decker picked up five. Junior Tom Iadanza (Kings Park, N.Y.) had three caused turnovers and two ground balls, and junior Ted Pfeifer (Crozet, Va.) caused a pair of turnovers and scooped up three ground balls.

Junior Zach McHugh (Delray Beach, Fla.) had four ground balls and a caused turnover, while sophomore Jacob Messimer (Rush, N.Y.) had two ground balls and caused turnovers. Freshman Tyler Burgasser (Mendon, N.Y.) caused a pair of turnovers and picked up one ground ball.

Gillies had four goals to lead RIT and Davis netted three. Jerry Ragonese (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) had a game-high 11 ground balls and also won 12 of 20 face-offs, and senior Dan McRae (Oakville, Ontario) had four caused turnovers and six ground balls. Junior M.J. Kiekebelt (Caledon, Ontario) caused four turnovers and had five ground balls.

Stevens will return to action on April 24 when it hosts No. 10 Nazareth College. It will be Spring Sports Day at Stevens and the contest will also be webcast live at RIT will visit Alfred University on April 21.


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