Springfield, Mass. - March 6, 2011 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team fell to visiting Stevens Tech, 18-8, on a rainy Sunday afternoon on Stagg Field. The Ducks broke open a four-all game by stringing together nine unanswered goals en route to the victory.
Springfield, which was ranked 18th in the country to start the week, has dropped its last two matches to fall to 2-2. The Ducks, who were ranked 20th, improve to 3-0.
Parker Geane netted a hat trick to pace the Springfield offense, while Shane Ferguson tacked on two goals of his own. Mark Eaton won 11-of-19 at the "X" and picked up five ground balls to go along with two assists. Connor Nash made 10 saves in the first half, despite giving up 11 goals as he took the loss.
Brandon Faubert was sensational for Stevens as he scored seven goals and added an assist. Kevin Rose posted seven points off three goals and an assist, while Chris Laurita added three goals and two helpers. Eric Yando tallied 12 saves in 53 minutes of action to earn the win, and Marc Malecki won 9-of-15 draws.
Stevens totaled 53 shots, compared to 45 attempts by Springfield. The real story of the game was Stevens' terrific ride, as it limited Springfield to just 8-of-19 on clear attempts, including 1-6 in the decisive second quarter. Springfield won 17-of-29 face-offs and held Stevens to just 1-8 on man-up opportunities.
Trailing 4-3 entering the second quarter, Eaton won the face-off clean and connected with Ferguson, who buried a shot from 15 yards out just eight seconds into the stanza to even the game at four.
However, the tides began to turn when Alex Hofricheter netted two-straight goals, both assisted by Rose, to make it a 6-4 game with 9:49 on the clock. Ryan Murphy scored 37 seconds later made it a one-goal goal after he converted a great feed from Mike Delia.
It was all Stevens the rest of the quarter as the Ducks rattled off the final five goals to take a commanding 11-5 lead at the break. Faubert was unstoppable in the stretch as he poured in three consecutive strikes in a 2:18 stretch.
Stevens netted the first four goals of the second half, as Laurita and Faubert were spectacular in netting a pair of impressive unassisted goals. Geane scored Springfield's first goal in over 20 minutes at the 3:39 mark, only to have Faubert find the back of the cage for the seventh time on the afternoon with 46 seconds left as the Ducks owned a 10-goal lead after 45 minutes of action.
The teams traded a pair of goals in the fourth as the Ducks completed the 10-goal winning margin. Delia and Geane both scored for the Pride, while Nicolas Phillippi and David Williams found the back of the cage for Stevens.
The Pride will not play again until March 16 when it travels north to take on Middlebury College at 4:30 pm.