No. 7 Stevens Outguns Muhlenberg to Go 4-0

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (March 7, 2012) No. 7 Stevens used six goals from junior midfielder Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.) to defeat the hosts from Muhlenberg, 18-14, and lift the Ducks to a 4-0 start to the season. Dupras had scored only one goal so far this season going into today's matchup.

Not even four minutes into the first quarter, Stevens found itself down, 3-0, as the Mules rolled off two scores in the first 1:20 of the game and then netted the third tally at the 11:14 mark of the opening period.

The Ducks, of course, would not go down easily, and responded with five consecutive goals in 3:40 to post their first leads of the contest only to be outdone with two more Muhlenberg scores before the first quarter ended.

Senior attack Alex Hofrichter (Terrance Park, Ohio) picked up the first score for the Ducks off a pass from freshman attack Andrew Scrutchfield (Lewes, Del.) with 6:40 remaining in the quarter. Freshman midfielder Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.) then scored back-to-back goals just 1:04 apart to tie the game at 3 apiece. The first Maroon tally was unassisted, but the second was of the man-up variety and assisted by Scrutchfield.

Stevens' first lead of the game came on an unassisted tally by senior attack Kevin Rose (Garden City, N.J.) at the 3:46 mark in the first, before junior midfielder Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.) took a pass from Rose and staked the Ducks to a 5-3 lead just 45 seconds later.

After the Mules tied the ballgame at 5 heading into the second quarter, they reclaimed the lead at 6-5 halfway through the stanza. Four minutes later, junior midfielder Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.) found Maroon for his third score of the contest and deadlocked the game once again.

Muhlenberg would once again take the lead six seconds later, 7-6, but the Ducks would score two quick goals in a 28-second span to take a slim, 8-7 advantage into halftime.

Dupras netted his first score off a pass from Hofrichter to knot the contest at 7 with 2:16 to go, then Philippi and Maroon reversed roles on the final goal of the first half with 1:46 remaining on the clock. The Philippi goal came with a man-up.

As the second half began, the Ducks seemed the find their stride and erupted for four straight goals to open the third quarter and build a 12-7 lead with 7:24 left in the period. Dupras registered the first score in the third quarter at the 10:35 mark, and just 1:18 later, Rose received a pass from Hofrichter to give Stevens a three-goal advantage.

Exactly one minute later, senior midfielder Steve Czarnecki (Oswego, N.Y.) recorded his first goal of the season on an unassisted goal. Dupras then scored in a man-up chance 53 ticks later to give the Ducks their largest lead of the game at that time, 12-7.

The Mules would be awarded with their own man-up opportunity and cashed in at the 6:18 mark of the third to bring the game to a 12-8 score.

Man-up goals seemed to be the theme of the quarter, as Dupras added another man-up score with 2:23 to go. After an even strength score by Dorne with 1:28 left before the final quarter, Muhlenberg found the back of the net on another extra man advantage to wrap up the scoring in the third period and head into the final 15 minutes with a 14-9 score in favor of Stevens.

In the final period, Dorne picked up his third score just 50 seconds into the fourth. The Mules would score back-to-back in 1:26 to cut the lead to 15-11, before Stevens went on a 3-0 run to build a seven-goal lead, 18-11.

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