No. 7 Stevens Dominates Fairleigh Dickinson

HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 24, 2012) The No. 7 Stevens improved to 7-1 on the season with a dominant 17-4 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham at home on March 24. The Ducks scored in the opening minute of the contest and never relinquished the lead. Twelve different Ducks tallied a point in the win.

Junior midfielder Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.) put an early score on the board for the Ducks, netting an unassisted tally just 46 seconds into the game. Stevens would control possession over the next several minutes until fellow junior midfielder Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.) gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead with his first goal on the game at the 9:21 mark. Dorne tallied two goals in the win, while Dupras paced the Stevens offense with five scores.

FDU answered back to two straight goals in a 1:05 span to deadlock the game at 2 with just over five minutes remaining in the opening quarter before junior midfielder Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.) put the Ducks back on top, 3-2, with 3:54 to go in the first. Philippi netted the third unassisted score of the quarter for Stevens and finished the game with three points on two goals and an assist.

The Ducks would blow the game open once the second quarter began, scoring six goals in the period and shutting out the Devils for the entire 15-minute stanza. Senior attack Kevin Rose (Garden City, N.J.) got things started by tallying one of his two goals, unassisted, just 1:07 into the quarter. Dupras would then score 46 seconds later to give Stevens a 5-2 advantage, only to be followed up by Rose's second marker of the period off a pass from freshman midfielder Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.) just two minutes after.

After more than six minutes ticked off the clock, Dupras picked up his third goal of the contest with 4:46 to go before halftime on another unassisted effort to stake Stevens to a 7-2 lead. Philippi and Dorne would register the next two goal for Stevens in the final 3:16 of the half and went into the break with a comfortable 9-2 lead. Rose assisted on the Dorne score.

As the second half began, nearly 12 minutes ran off the clock before either team could tally a goal. FDU struck first on a man-up chance with 3:41 left, and then scored just a minute later to cut the game to a five-goal difference. The Ducks then went on an offensive barrage, netting four goals in the final 1:39 of the third quarter.

Sophomore attack Charlie Cronin (Northampton, Mass.) propelled the Ducks to double-digits with an unassisted score, before Dupras hooked up with Philippi with 30 left. Senior attack Alex Hofrichter (Terrance Park, Ohio) then found the back of the net twice in 15 seconds to give Stevens a 13-4 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Cronin assisted on the first score by Hofrichter, and sophomore Sean Scrudato (Westfield, N.J.) picked up the helper on the final score with one second remaining.

Hofricher and Dupras would open up the scoring in the fourth quarter for Stevens before sophomore midfielder Eric Proos (Northborough, Mass.) and freshman attack Nick Harris (Grass Valley, Calif.) wrapped up the goals in the game. Proos scored with 7:12 to go off a pass from freshman attack Liam McAdams (Mendham, N.J.), while Harris tallied a man-up goal off a feed from sophomore attack Connor Lynch (Seaford, N.Y.) in the final 1:10 of play.

Senior Eric Yando (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) earned his seventh win of the season in 36:25 minutes of action. Yando allowed just two goals and made six saves before giving way to freshman Matthew Deiner (Millstone Twp., N.J.). Deiner was in cage for 13:55 and came out for sophomore Ben Shaffer (Armonk, N.Y.), who made a save in 9:40.

Senior midfielder Michael Steinhauser (Boonton Twp., N.J.) led Stevens with eight groundballs and won 11 of 16 face-offs, while sophomore defender Tim Culloty (Verona, Wis.) forced a team-best three turnovers.

The Ducks held a 52-24 advantage in shots, 30-23 in groundballs and 19-12 in clears. FDU failed on 11 attempts, while Stevens only missed on two tries.

Stevens will be back in action on Wednesday, March 28, for a road game against Richard Stockton College at 7:00 p.m.


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