Ducks Dominate in Homecoming 2011 Games


Homecoming weekend saw eight different Ducks teams in action! Stevens athletes put on their A-game, securing wins in both men and women’s soccer and swimming, and field hockey.
The Stevens men’s swimming team set the bar high for Homecoming breaking four DeBaun Aquatic Center pool-records en route to a convincing 153-88 win over visiting Montclair State University in the season-opener for both school on Saturday afternoon. The Ducks had the fastest time in all 16 events of the afternoon.
The Stevens women’s swimming team cruised to a 160-94 win on Saturday at the DeBaun Aquatic Center in the team’s season-opener. Stevens set a pair of new pool-records and had the top time in 16-of-16 events on the afternoon.
Sophomore Louise Moores, freshman Brittany Geyer, freshman Sharon Rooker, and junior Hayley Hatfield, started the afternoon strongly with a pool-record in the 200-yard medley relay, clocking a 1:51.72
Women’s volleyball matches were held in Canavan Arena. Although the team dropped both matches in a tri-match, the games were close and Stevens athletes put up a mean game.
In the three-set loss, 25-19, 25-14, 26-24, senior Kate Janes and sophomore Chrissy Dickinson led the Ducks with eight kills each. Janes also paced Stevens with five blocks and added four digs, while Dickinson chipped in two blocks and two digs.
The Stevens Institute of Technology field hockey team topped Elmira College 5-2 in its homecoming game on Saturday afternoon. The Ducks dominated the statsheet but had to claw for the win against an Elmira team that kept the game tied until 58:19. Junior captain Mary Nikish scored three times - including the final tally with no time on the clock – to lead Stevens offensively.
For the second straight week, a Stevens women’s soccer player was named Empire 8 Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Junior Brittany Odgers received the honor after her performance in the Ducks 4-0 shutout victory against conference opponent Alfred University on Saturday.
Junior Victor Daza of the Stevens men’s soccer team scored the only goal of the Ducks’ homecoming game with Ithaca College on Saturday evening in battle of teams with unblemished Empire 8 records. Sophomore goalkeeper Paul Killian earned the shutout for Stevens (11-2, 4-0), while the Bombers fell to 4-6-1 and 3-1 in the league.
The men’s cross country team placed 3rd out of 14 on the 8K course in the multi-divisional race in the Collegiate Track Conference Championships. Rowan University claimed top honors as a team with 36 points.
The Ducks accumulated 120 total points, while New Jersey Institute of Technology was the meet’s runner-up with 65 points. NJIT also had the top overall runner, who clocked in a time of 26:38.04.
At Liberty State Park on Saturday, the Stevens women’s cross country team placed eighth overall out of 15 schools on the 5K course in the multi-divisional race in the Collegiate Track Conference Championships.