No. 9 Stevens Nips Springfield in NCAA First-Round OT Thriller

HOBOKEN, N.J. (May 9, 2012) Junior midfielder Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.) netted the game-winning goal 1:06 into overtime to propel Stevens to a 13-12 victory over Springfield in the NCAA Division III first round match-up at the De Baun Athletic Complex on Wednesday evening. Stevens, ranked ninth nationally, set a new school record in victories with 17 in the overtime thriller and advances to the second round to take on No. 2 Cortland on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Springfield, ranked 13th nationally, won the opening face-off of the overtime period but then threw the ball away on the ensuing possession to give the ball back to Stevens. The Ducks then marched down the field and set up the game-winning play as junior midfielder Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.) found Dorne on the left side of the goal. Dorne's laser shot buzzed by the Pride goalkeeper's head and into the back of the net to set off a flock of Ducks running onto the field in celebration.

Dorne finished the game with a hat trick, while Philippi also tallied a goal.

Not to be overshadowed by the game-winner was the play in cage by senior Eric Yando (Baldwinsville, N.Y). Yando came off the bench to start the fourth quarter and stuffed three close range shots by Springfield and another bullet from 15 yards out to pick up the victory in just over 16 minutes of action. The senior is now 12-2 on the season and allowed just one goal.

Throughout the entire 61-plus minutes of play, the score was never separated by more than three goals with Springfield holding the largest advantage at 4-1, late into the first quarter. The Pride recorded the first two goals of the contest within the first five minutes of the game before senior attack Kevin Rose (Garden City, N.Y.) got the Ducks on the board with 8:54 left in the quarter off a pass from freshman attack Andrew Scrutchfield (Lewes, Del.).

The Pride responded with two more goals to build that 4-1 lead with 4:33 to go in the period. Not even a minute later, junior midfielder Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.) tallied one of his three goals on the evening on an unassisted score to cut the lead in half. Dorne then followed suit with 2:34 remaining in the opening frame to make it a one-goal contest.

Springfield got a goal back with just over a minute left, but Philippi cut to deficit to 5-4 with just 36 seconds remaining to ending the goal outburst in the first quarter.

As the second quarter got under way, the Pride netted a man-up goal to take a 6-4 lead in first two minutes. Dupras picked up his second unassisted score at the 9:20 mark only to watch Springfield march right back down the field a minute later and erased the tally on a short-handed goal. The Ducks then stepped up the offensive intensity and picked up the final two goals of the half to knot the game at 7s heading into the break. Senior attacked Alex Hofrichter (Terrance Park, Ohio) and Dupras both registered unassisted goals in the final 2:42 of the second quarter.

As the whistle blew for quarter number three, Hofrichter netted two straight goals in the first four minutes to give Stevens its first lead of the contest. He scored unassisted just one minute into the period then capitalized off a pass from Rose with 11:06 to go and gave the Ducks their largest lead of the game, 9-7.

The Pride would go on a 4-0 run over the next 6:13 to regain the advantage on the scoreboard, 11-9, with just 4:30 left in the third. Dorne and Rose hooked up with 2:43 remaining to tally the final goal for Stevens in the third and go into the final 15 minutes of play down just one, 11-10.

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