Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Maritime 16-8 in NCAA First Round Game

HOBOKEN, NJ (May 11, 2022) – Four different players recorded a hat trick as the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team defeated SUNY Maritime 16-8 Wednesday in an NCAA Championship first-round game at the DeBaun Athletic Complex.

Graduate student Ryan Caplissenior Michael Burns and sophomores Mikey Whiteside and Jack Savarese each scored three times for the Ducks, who won their sixth straight to move to 13-7 on the year. The Ducks have won at least one game in each of their six trips to the NCAA Championship under a 13th-year head coach Gene Peluso. The Ducks will take on Dickinson in the second round Saturday afternoon in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to be advancing in the NCAA Tournament,” head coach Gene Peluso said. “It was also great to be able to play all of our 32 rostered players.”

“I thought Maritime was very well coached and were a very tough and physical team,” Peluso continued. “We had to earn everything today, but that was pretty much what I had expected.”

John Killcommons had three goals and Connor Tomich dished out four assists to lead the Maritime, who dropped to 11-8. The Ducks ‘victory snapped the Privateers’ nine-game winning streak. Stevens moved to 13-5-1 all-time against Maritime.

Burns and Whiteside also dished out a pair of assists to finish with a game-high five points as nine different players finished with at least one point. Senior Brendan Sullivan had a goal and assist, while senior Evan Egglestonsophomore Russell Eberding and junior Shaun Spiegel each scored once. Senior Tyler Ryan handed out three assists to round out the Ducks’ offensive contributions.

“I thought the balanced scoring and our success in the faceoff circle were key,” Peluso commented. “We certainly got our shots today and the Maritime goalie did a great job turning away some of them. This time of year, the goal is to just score one more than the opponent and fortunately, we were able to do that today.”

Sophomore Jake Zeyher made four saves to earn the victory in the cage for the 11th time this season. First-years Cooper Foote and Justin Gold split the final quarter and combined for one save. Michael Monahan had 17 saves in a losing effort for Maritime.

Sullivan put the Ducks in front four minutes into the opening period, taking a feed from Burns and putting it past Monahan for his 34th of the year. The Ducks would pepper Monahan with shots until Whiteside netted for his first of the day with just under five minutes left to play. The three-goal outing marked the Crownsville, Maryland native’s third straight game with three goals and his five points matched a career high.

Whiteside’s goal sparked a stretch that saw Stevens score four times over the final five minutes to take a 5-1 lead into the second quarter. Maritime would control the early portion of the second to pull within 5-4, but Whiteside again rang the bell and Eberding followed six seconds later to push the Ducks’ lead back to three.

Savarese scored back-to-back goals and a power-play goal from Caplis sent the teams into the intermission with a comfortable 10-5 lead.

Burns scored twice in less than a minute to open second-half scoring and the Ducks would net three of the final four goals to provide the final margin of victory.

“At this point in the season, every opponent is going to be difficult and Dickinson presents challenges,” Peluso said. “They are very well coached and are very skilled. As they are one of just a couple of undefeated teams in the country, we are going to need to play a focused and well-executed game.”

Turnovers were one of the early storylines as the Ducks forced 11 Maritime turnovers in the first quarter. For the game, the Ducks caused 17 of the Privateers’ 28 miscues, with junior Joe Cawley leading the way with three caused turnovers. The Syosset, New York native has recorded at least one caused turnover in each of his five contests.

Stevens also dominated the faceoff circle, winning 22 of the game’s 27 faceoffs. Eberding led the efforts in the ‘X,’ going 14-2 for his sixth game with double-digit faceoff wins. Junior Conner Park won eight faceoffs. Thomas Pellicci had three wins and Kyle Orton won twice to lead the Maritime.

The Ducks’ edge in the faceoff circle and in the turnover battle led to a 45-35 advantage in ground balls. First-year Bryan Creamer picked up a career-high six to lead the Ducks, while Eberding and senior Craig Stockfeder each had five. Kieran Hendry picked up a game-high eight to pace Maritime.

Stevens finished 18 for 23 on clears, including a perfect 8 for 8 in the first quarter as the Ducks built their lead. Maritime finished 24 for 31.

Caplis scored twice on the man-advantage as the Ducks went 2 for 4 on the day. The Ducks also killed off their only penalty.

Up Next: Men’s Lacrosse will travel to Carlisle, Pennsylvania to take on No. 7 Dickinson Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Ducks and the Red Devils met in the season opener on Feb. 19. Links for the contest will be posted to StevensDucks.com once available.

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