Big Second Half Lifts Stevens to Win over ECSU

HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 25, 2014) Stevens improved to 3-5 on the season with a 14-7 victory over Eastern Connecticut at the De Baun Athletic Complex on Tuesday afternoon.

Stevens fell behind Eastern Connecticut (4-4), 3-0, midway through the first quarter after the Warriors tallied three goals within a 1:09 span (9:56 to 8:47). Junior Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.) posted the Ducks' first score on a man-up chance at the 6:18 mark of the first off a pass from sophomore Andrew Scrutchfield (Lewes, Del.).

Eastern answered 1:12 later. With just over minutes left in the first, sophomore Michael Serrante (Bridgewater, N.J.) notched an unassisted tally to cut Stevens' deficit in half and then senior Charlie Cronin (Northampton, Mass.) picked up his first of four goals with 1:02 remaining.

There was not much offense on display in the second quarter, as both teams only scored once. Eastern went back up by two, 5-3, just under four minutes in and the Ducks finally found the back of the net with 43 seconds left before halftime on the second score from Scrutchfield.

Eastern's starting goalie Blake Smaldone made seven saves in the first half but was replaced by Brendan Gillotti as the third quarter began.

Stevens seemed to thrive off the switch in cage for the Warriors and netted five goals in the third period to go from trailing, 5-4, to leading, 9-6, with 15 minutes to play. Serrante tallied the equalizer with 12:43 to go in the third and then Cronin put the Ducks ahead for good not even a minute later off a feed from Scrutchfield.

Sophomore Matt Ferentini (South Salem, N.Y.) got in on the action after nearly five minutes elapsed in the third to put Stevens head by two scores and then Cronin capped off the five-goal run on another man-up chance which was assisted by senior Sean Scrudato (Westfield, N.J.) with 6:48 left in the frame. ECSU ended its scoring drought of 24:20 to climb back to an 8-6 difference, but freshman Connor Towne (San Jose, Calif.) gave the Ducks a three-goal cushion with just 27 second left on the clock before the fourth quarter got underway.

The Ducks continued to extend their lead in the fourth as sophomore Anthony Raposo (Tewksbury, N.J.) netted his first of two final period goals at the 11:48 mark. Stevens would capitalize on another man-up advantage with just under five minutes to go on Cronin's fourth goal which was assisted by Maroon to make it an 11-6 ballgame. Ferentini would score again at the 3:28 mark before ECSU could put one in with 2:11 left in regulation. Stevens tacked on two more in the final 1:14 from Raposo and a man-up chance by Ferentini from Scrutchfield.

Freshman Kevin Rafferty (Bay Shore, N.Y.) stopped three shots for his third win of the season in 60 minutes of action.

Sophomores Brett Incollingo (Yardley, Pa.) and Jeff Wyckoff (Summit, N.J.) split time at the faceoff "X" and won 12 of 25 tries. Incollingo went 9 for 15 with seven groundballs, while Wyckoff won three and scooped up a pair of groundballs.

Sophomore DJ Bonifacic (Allentown, N.J.) picked up six groundballs, while classmate Troy Gassaway (Severna Park, Md.) caused four turnovers and added three groundballs. Senior Tim Culloty (Mahwah, N.J.) chipped in seven groundballs on the defensive end.

Stevens dominated the contest in shots, 59-21, and forced 14 of ECSU's 25 turnovers. The Ducks also held a distinct edge in groundballs, 46-29 and converted on all but one clear in 17 attempts (ECSU went 13 for 22).

The Ducks are back in action this Saturday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. against Alfred University for the Empire 8 Conference opener.

2014-03-25



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