Ducks Soar by Soaring Eagles to Clinch E8 Berth

HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 23, 2014) Sixteen Stevens players tallied at least one point in a 23-6 triumph over Elmira in Empire 8 play. With the win, the Ducks (7-7, 4-2) clinch a trip to the tournament on April 30.

Stevens jumped out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter against Elmira (2-11, 1-6) and continued to build on its advantage as the game progressed through the other three periods. The Ducks scored three more times in the second and went into halftime up, 10-3. After intermission, the cushion ballooned to 17-4 heading to the fourth, where Stevens outscored the Soaring Eagles, 6-2, in the stanza.

The Ducks scored 23 goals against the Soaring Eagles last season as well.

Offensively, the Ducks were led by eight points from junior Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.) who dished out six assists and scored a pair of goals. Senior Charlie Cronin (Northampton, Mass.) and sophomore Matt Ferentini (South Salem, N.Y.) each registered six points in the win. Cronin netted a game-high five goals with and an assist, while Ferentini notched three goals and three assists.

Sophomores Andrews Scrutchfield (Lewes, Del.) and Michael Serrante (Bridgewater, N.J.), and freshman Quintin Bower (Kings Park, N.Y.) each put in two scores. Those are the first two goals of Bower's career at Stevens.

Also getting in on their first collegiate goals this afternoon were freshmen Tim Leahey (Loudonville, N.Y.), John Marchese (North Salem, N.Y.) and Tom Marchese (North Salem, N.Y.). Tom Marchese also assisted on one goal.

Senior Sean Scrudato (Westfield, N.J.) scored once, as did sophomores Colin Sawula (Northampton, Mass.) and Anthony Raposo (Tewksbury, N.J.), and freshman Connor Towne (San Jose, Calif.).

Raposo, sophomores Brett Incollingo (Yardley, Pa.) and Connor O'Shea (Ridgewood, N.J.) and freshman Connor McKeon (Branchburg, N.J.) each handed out an assist to round out the offense.

Incollingo dominated at the faceoff "X", winning 15 of 18 tries to go along with a game-high 12 groundballs. Freshman Matt Levine (Islip, N.Y.) went 6 for 11 in faceoffs with three groundballs and sophomore Jeff Wyckoff (Summit, N.J.) won all three attempts.

Sophomore Austin Boyd (Bellevue, Wash.) picked up his second victory of the season with two saves in 25:04 between the pipes. Freshman Anthony Setola (Riverdale, N.J.) stopped eight shots in 34:56 minutes of action.

The Ducks dominated every aspect of the contest, outshooting Elmira, 63-25, and scooped up 30 more groundballs 50-20. Stevens converted on 4 of 11 man-up chances and was nearly perfect in clears, going 18 for 20.

Stevens travels to No. 11 Ithaca College on Saturday for its regular season finale at 1:00 p.m. A win for Ithaca will clinch the No. 1 seed for the Bombers and the Ducks will head back to Upstate New York on April 30 for the Empire 8 semifinals.


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