Strong First Half Propels Stevens over Stockton

GALLOWAY, N.J. (March 28, 2012) Junior midfielder Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.) tallied eight points in an 18-9 road victory for No. 9 Stevens at Richard Stockton College on Wednesday night. The Ducks scored 10 goals in the first half and outscored Stockton 8-3 in the second half to improve to 8-1 on the season.

Dupras netted six goals and handed out two assists in the victory. He scored four of his goals in the first half and assisted on two tallies in the final 30 minutes.

The Ducks jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead within the first five minutes of the first quarter and netted their first score in the opening 13 second on an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Brian Seldeen (Wayne, N.J.). Just over two minutes later, freshman defender Geoffrey Cancro (Clark, N.J.) recorded his first career goal, and then at the 10:38 mark, junior midfielder Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.) gave Stevens a three-goal advantage. Seldeen also picked up three groundballs in the game.

Stockton ended the Ducks' rally with 10:04 remaining in the first and went on a 4-0 run over the next 3:41 to take its first lead and only lead of the contest.

Stevens answered with back-to-back goals from senior attack Kevin Rose (Garden City, N.J.) and Dupras to regain advantage on the scoreboard, 5-4, with 3:41 in the first. Senior midfielder Steven Czarnecki (Oswego,N.Y.) and senior attack Alex Hofrichter (Terrance Park, Ohio) assisted on the scores. The Ospreys responded with another goal to knot the game up at 5 and end the scoring in the opening stanza.

As the second quarter got underway, the Ducks began to run away with the game, outscoring Stockton, 5-1, in the period.

Dupras started a 3-0 run on an unassisted score to erase the 5-5 deadlock and the Ducks would never look back. One minute later, junior midfielder Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.) took a pass from freshman midfielder Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.) to put Stevens up by two scores. On the next tally, Philippi netted a man-up goal off another assist from Maroon before the Ospreys ended the run with 6:19 left in the half.

The Ducks would score two more times in the final 3:01 of the half on two more goals by Dupras, both unassisted, and went into the half with a 10-6 lead.

Hofrichter put Stevens up five goals off the third assist from Maroon to begin the second half. Fifty-eight seconds later, Philippi found Dupras for his fourth score of the game and Philippi's third point putting the Ducks up, 12-6. The Ospreys score 15 seconds later before Stevens went on a six-goal run from the 9:36 mark in the third quarter, to 10:32 left in the fourth, putting the game out of reach.

Rose scored three times in the 6-0 run, while Hofrichter tallied two scores and Dupras picked up his sixth and final goal. Dupras also assisted on two goals on the run, and Dorne dished out one on the second Hofrichter score while also causing two turnovers.

Stockton scored the final two goals of the game over the final 10:23 of the contest.

Sophomore long stick midfielder Tim Culloty (Mahwah, N.J.) scooped up five groundballs in the game and caused two turnovers, while senior midfielder Charles DeCarlo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the Ducks with eight groundballs and 10 face-offs won.

Freshman Matthew Deiner (Millstone Twp., N.J.) recorded his first collegiate win with 12 saves in 53:40 of action. Junior Ben Shaffer (Armonk, N.Y.) entered the game for the final 6:20 of play and made one save.

Stevens outshot Stockton, 51-37, and only turned the ball over 13 times to Stockton's 25. The Ospreys won the battle at the face-off "X", 19-12, but only held a slim, 32-30, advantage in groundballs.

The Ducks will be back in action on Saturday, March 31, in the Empire 8 Conference opener against Alfred University. Game time is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.

2012-03-29



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