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Third-Quarter Spurt Lifts No. 17 Stevens Past Men's Lacrosse, 10-4

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Hoboken, N.J. - March 7, 2010 - The Stevens Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team scored five unanswered goals to start the second half as it defeated visiting Springfield College, 10-4, in a non-conference contest on Sunday afternoon.

The 17th-ranked Ducks improve to 4-0 on the season, while the Pride drop to 2-2.

There was limited offense in the first half as the teams ended the first 30 minutes of play tied at one. Joe Macchi scored Springfield's lone goal in the first half when he found the back of the cage in the second quarter.

Kevin Rose broke the tie 1:26 into the third quarter, and 55 seconds later, junior Taylor Brown made it 3-1 in favor of the hosts. Chris Laurita’s second goal of the contest came with 10:51 remaining in the third to put Stevens up by three and in control of the game.

Kyle Louer finally broke Springfield's scoring drought as he scored on an unassisted strike with 3:57 remaining in the third to make it a 6-2 contest.

The Ducks tacked on two goals to start the fourth and Macchi answered back with his second goal of the game to cut the hosts lead to five, at 8-3. Stevens then poured in two more goals before Kyle Gable closed out the scoring with the game's final goal with 13 seconds remaining.

The two teams each took 33 shots, but Springfield committed 33 turnovers compared to just 23 for Stevens. The Pride ended the contest with a 32-27 edge in ground balls but was just 18-for-27 on clear attempts.

Laurita paced the Ducks’ offense with five points on two goals and three assists. Jake Messimer picked up four ground balls and junior Ted Pfeifer caused three turnovers in what was an impressive defensive performance by the Stevens back line. Alex Hofrichter tallied a team-high three goals. Goalkeeper Dave Decker tallied 14 saves, and Zach McHugh chipped in with two goals, five caused turnovers, and four ground balls.

Macchi's two goals and assist led the Springfield offense, while Mark Eaton continued to dominate the face-offs for Springfield as he won 14-of-18 at the "X" and picked up 13 ground balls. Pete Sessa picked up five ground balls to go along with a pair of caused turnovers. Marc Martinez shouldered the loss as he made 11 saves on the day between the pipes.

Springfield will now have to wait 10 days before it plays its next game, as it will host Middlebury on March 17 at 5:00 pm.

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