Endicott Never Trails, Knocks off No. 13 Stevens

(February 23, 2014) No. 13 Stevens suffered its first loss of the season with a 15-11 setback to Endicott on Sunday in Beverly, Mass.

Stevens (1-1) never led in the game and Endicott (1-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first 4:45 of the contest. The Ducks got on the board with 9:45 remaining in the first quarter on a goal from sophomore Michael Serrante (Bridgewater, N.J.) off a pass from junior Geoffrey Cancro (Clark, N.J.).

The Gulls answered back 1:15 later, and after an unassisted marker from senior Charlie Cronin (Northampton, Mass.), Endicott closed out the first period with another score with under minutes later remaining.

In the second stanza, Endicott struck first once again in the first minute to take a three-goal edge, 5-2. Sophomore Alex Haubrich (Ocean City, N.J.) found the back of the net at the 12:12 mark off a feed from Cronin. Two minutes later, Endicott scored a man-up tally and built a four-score cushion midway through the frame on a man-down goal. With 1:54 on the clock in the period, Serrante took a pass from junior Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.) to wrap up the first half with a 7-4 deficit.

Endicott increased its edge to 8-4 to begin the third quarter with 11:07 to go. Cronin and Maroon hooked up for a man-up score at 8:41 and crept back to within two, 8-6, on the third goal of the season from sophomore Matt Ferentini (South Salem, N.Y.).

The Gulls scored two of the next three goals from 5:55 to 3:12. Between that, senior Sean Scrudato (Westfield, N.J.) registered his second goal in the early season which was assisted by sophomore Andrew Scrutchfield (Lewes, Del.). In the final minute of the third, Scrutchfield netted his team-best seventh score and junior Paul Romens (Verona, Wis.) picked up his first on a man-up chance to get back to within one goal at 10-9. Endicott had the last say in the third with 12 seconds left to end the offensive third period.

Stevens once again fell behind by three goals in the first 32 seconds of the fourth quarter until Serrante and Ferentini brought the Ducks back to within one, 12-11, with exactly 11 minutes left in regulation. Endicott held Stevens off the board after that and netted three of its own goals over the final nine minutes to secure the win.

Sophomores Brett Incollingo (Yardley, Pa.) and Jeff Wyckoff (Summit, N.J.) combined to win 18 of 29 face-offs at the "X". Each won nine apiece, while Incollingo scooped up seven groundballs and Wyckoff picked up five.

Freshman Kevin Rafferty (Bay Shore, N.Y.) suffered the loss in cage for the Ducks with 13 saves in all 60 minutes of action.

Each team took 40 shots in the showdown and Endicott held a slim 40-38 advantage in groundballs. A difference in the contest came in the turnover battle, as Stevens committed eight more (15 to 7). The Gulls were also more successful in clears, (18 for 22 to 13 for 18).

Stevens will look to get back on track against Springfield at home on March 1 at 1:00 p.m.


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