Three Score Four as No. 6 Stevens Prevails at Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (March 2, 2013) In a battle of nationally ranked teams at Springfield on Saturday afternoon, No. 6 Stevens prevailed over host No. 20 Springfield, 16-8. Three different members of the Stevens squad tallied four goals, while another posted a hat trick to lift the Ducks to a 4-0 start to the season.

Stevens fell behind, 3-0, after three quick scores by the Pride in the first five minutes of the game. The Ducks answered back with four consecutive goals of their own in a three-minute span before Springfield knotted the contest back up at 4-4 to close out the first quarter.

One of the trio of four-goal recipients, sophomore Andrew Scrutchfield (Lewes, Del.), posted the first goal for the Ducks with 7:32 left in the first off a pass from classmate Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.). Senior Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.), another four-goal scorer, took a pass from fellow senior Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.) just 1:30 to make the showdown a 3-2 affair.

Scrutchfield then scored unassisted 30 seconds later to bring the game to a 3-3 stalemate, and then Dupras put the Ducks in the lead with his first of three goals on the day with a man-up score just one minute later.

After the Pride tied the game back up at 4-4, Scrutchfield and Maroon hooked up again to open the first two minutes of the second quarter and gave the Ducks the lead for good. Dupras tallied his second-straight unassisted marker with 10:49 to go in the half, and then junior Charlie Cronin (Northampton, Mass.) took the third assist from Maroon 20 seconds later to give Stevens a 7-4 advantage. Cronin was the third Ducks with four goals in the victory.

The final Stevens goal of the half came from Philippi with 2:31 to go off the first of two helpers from junior Sean Scrudato (Westfield, N.J.). Springfield closed the gap 30 seconds later and went into the half down by an 8-5 margin.

Only two goals were scored in the third period, both by Stevens. Dupras registered his hat trick on the third unassisted score of his day more than halfway through the quarter, and then Philippi netted his third in the waning seconds of the third.

Nine of the game's 24 goals were scored in the final quarter, six of those from the Ducks. After an early goal by Springfield, Scrudato recorded his first goal of the game at 11:17 to give Stevens an 11-6 edge. The Pride answered back at 9:19 only to watch the Ducks roll of five of the final six goals of the contest in the last seven minutes. Cronin scored three of the five goals in that time span.

Sophomore Matthew Deiner (Millstone Twp., N.J.) picked up his fourth win of the season with 13 saves in 60 minutes of action. Deiner currently boasts a .581 save percentage and an 8.15 goals-against average. Deiner also picked up three groundballs.

At the "X", freshman Brett Incollingo (Yardley, Pa.) won 11 of 18 faceoffs and picked up a game-high 13 groundballs. Incollingo was the difference in loose balls, as he led the Ducks to a 41-24 edge in that category. He also caused two turnovers.

Junior Tim Culloty (Mahwah, N.J.) won three faceoffs to go along with four groundballs and two caused turnovers.

Stevens will be back on the De Baun Athletic Complex turf for its next game against Muhlenberg College on March 6 at 4:00 p.m.

2013-03-02



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