No. 7 Stevens Blows Door Open in Second Half
from press release
HARTFORD, Conn. – The nationally ranked No. 7 Stevens Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team scored 10 of its 16 goals in the second and third quarters to pull away from Eastern Connecticut State University, 16-8, on Wednesday afternoon at Trinity College. The contest was moved to Trinity due to unplayable field conditions at Eastern Connecticut's home field. Stevens improves to 3-0 this season and has outscored its opposition by 26 goals, the same differential as last year through three games.
The Ducks fell behind early in the first quarter after a ECSU goal with 9:10 remaining, but the first of five goals by sophomore Michael Frasco (Spring Lake, N.J.) knotted the game up at 1-1 just 30 seconds later. Frasco is the third different Duck to tally five goals in a showdown this season. Senior Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, N.J.) assisted on the score.
ECSU put two more in the back of the net over the next 1:54 to go ahead, 3-1, only to watch Stevens rattle off four-straight scores over the final 4:07 of the first into the opening tally of the second quarter at 12:56.
Frasco scored unassisted with 4:07 remaining before Philippi picked up his first of two goals of the game two minutes later. Frasco then recorded his third marker of the contest with just over a minute remaining in the opening 15 minutes to give Stevens the lead for good, 4-3, also unassisted.
As the second period got underway, sophomores Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Charlie Cronin (Northampton, Mass.) hooked up for the opening score of the quarter. Two more goals by the Warriors deadlocked the game at 5-5 with 8:24 to go before halftime, but the Ducks responded with three more scores in a two-minute span to push their lead back out to three goals, 8-5.
Philippi kick-started the scoring on another unassisted goal and then Maroon received a pass from senior Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.) at the 5:25 mark. Dorne then capitalized on a man-up chance 33 seconds later off a feed from Philippi.
One minute later, ECSU picked up its sixth goal of the half only to see it nullified by senior Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.) in the final minute of the first half.
As the second half got underway, the Ducks put the game out of reach with five-straight goals and a suffocating defense. Philippi assisted sophomore Andrew Scrutchfield (Lewes, Del.) just 44 seconds into the third stanza with a man-up goal for his third of four helpers in the game.
Dupras, Dorne and the final two scores by Frasco posted the Ducks to a 14-6 advantage with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter before ECSU could get back on the board with 2:56 left. The third period wrapped up with a seven-goal difference for Stevens, 14-7.
Dupras then registered his third and fourth goals of the game in the final quarter to give Stevens its first double-digit lead of the contest at 16-7. His third goal came unassisted, while his fourth came off a pass from Maroon.
The Warriors recorded the final goal of the contest at the 4:01 mark but the game clock was not on their side.
Stevens forced ECSU into 10 turnovers in the final 30 minutes and 15 overall for the game. The Ducks also dominated the shot category with nearly a 30-shot difference, 57-29. Stevens was also successful on all but one of its 18 clear attempts, while the Warriors were 12-for-16.
Junior Tim Culloty (Mahwah, N.J.) paced Stevens at the face-off "X" with six wins and four groundballs, while three others scooped up three groundballs.
Sophomore Matthew Deiner (Millstone Twp., N.J.) earned his third victory of the year with 10 saves in all 60 minutes of play.
The Ducks will be back in action on March 2 at No. 14 Springfield College at 1 p.m. The Ducks and Pride squared off twice in 2012 with Stevens coming out on top in both matchups, 11-5 and 13-12.