Junior midfielder Rich Dupras became the first-ever First-Team All-American in the 127-year history of Stevens men’s lacrosse on Tuesday. Dupras was named to the first-team by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association after leading Stevens to a 17-3 overall record, the most wins in program history, and the team’s first Empire 8 Conference title. Along with Dupras, five other Ducks were honored by one of the four USILA All-America teams.
The junior, who was named Empire 8 Player of the Year and first-team all-conference, paced Stevens in goals (52), assists (32) and points (84) in 18 games played this season. He also netted five man-up goals to go along with 20 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers. Throughout the season, Dupras ranked amongst the nation’s best in goals and points and per game.
Senior defender Matt Marks earned a spot on the 16-member third-team after anchoring a defensive unit that allowed just 7.90 goals per game. Marks started in all 19 games in which he played and led Stevens with 43 caused turnovers and was second on the squad with 75 groundballs. He chipped in four goals and three assists as well this season.
Four other Ducks landed on the honorable mention team to round out the individual accolades for Stevens.
Junior midfielders Harrison Dorne and Nicolas Philippi earned their spots after combining for 86 goals, 29 assists and 18 man-up scores. Dorne ranked tied for second on the team with 49 tallies and led the squad with 10 man-up goals, while his 60 points were third best. Philippi was fourth on the team with 55 points on 37 goals and 18 assists. Both student-athletes played in all 20 games this season, while Dorne earned First-Team all-Empire 8 recognition and Philippi was a second-team member.
Senior attack Alex Hofrichter, the Ducks’ second leading scorer with 70 points, also found a spot on the honorable mention team. Hofrichter played and started in all 20 contests for the Ducks this season and finished for a tie in second with Dorne in goals with 49. He also handed out 21 assists and picked up 30 groundballs as a first-team selection in the Empire 8.
The final Duck to be honored by the USILA as a face-off specialist is senior Michael Steinhauser. Steinhauser became only the second Stevens player to ever record 200 face-off wins in a season, as he went 200-for-376 at the “X” this year. He also led the team with 98 groundballs in 19 starts.
No Stevens’ men’s lacrosse team has ever placed six student-athletes on an All-America team since the sports inception at Castle Point.