UTICA, NY - The Utica College men’s lacrosse team lost to visiting Stevens Institute of Technology 11-3 in the Empire 8 Conference opener for both squads Saturday afternoon. Senior attack Michael Bulger posted three points on one goal and two assists, while Travis Wright stopped 23 shots and scooped up eight ground balls in net for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers dropped to 1-5 on the year, while the Ducks snapped a three game skid and improved to 5-3 overall.
Stevens jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter behind two goals from Alex Hofrichter in the first four minutes, followed by one goal apiece from Kevin Rose, Joey Simone and Brandon Faubert. Faubert’s tenth goal of the season came with just five seconds to go in the opening quarter.
The Ducks opened the second quarter with three straight goals to take a commanding 8-0 lead with 9:41 to go in the half. Hofrichter added his third goal of the game, and 15th of the season, to cap the Stevens first half scoring.
Senior Michael Brodhead got the Pioneers on the board at the seven minute mark of the second quarter to cut the UC deficit to 8-1. Bulger added an assist, his tenth of the year, on the Pioneers’ lone first half goal.
The Pioneers were able to hold the Ducks to just three goals in the final 30 minutes, but they could only muster two of their own as they lost the eight goal decision.
Captains Michael Bulger and Andrew Waite each netted a second half goal for Utica, while Pete Schneider collected his first collegiate assist. Sophomore defender Mike Krajacic caused four turnovers and tallied two ground balls for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers were outshot 44-22 on the day and Stevens was successful on the ride causing eight UC turnovers during clear opportunities.
Wright’s counterpart, Dave Decker, made seven saves in his fifth victory of the season.
UC returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to non conference foe Oswego Stats. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.