It took a little while, but Richie Ford finally got approval from the NCAA for a fifth year of eligibility. Demonstrating why the attackman for Stevenson is one of the offense’s top players took even less time.
Ford, who registered 57 goals and 35 assists last season, posted three goals and one assist in his debut in the No. 2 Mustangs’ 19-5 demolition of Kean last Saturday. His presence injected his teammates with a little adrenaline, coach Paul Cantabene said.
“We were pretty excited about Richie’s return,” Cantabene said Monday. “He’s been a big part of our program over the last couple of years, and they’re excited to have him back. It was good to get him out there and shake off the rust a little bit. Everybody’s got two games on him, so it took him a little while to get into the flow, but he got three goals and an assist, which is great. But it was good to have him. He’s such a good player that he just adds another weapon to the number of good players we have already.”
Ford notched all four of his points during an 11-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters, overcoming a slow start.
“I think early on, he was out there and trying to do some things where his skills weren’t quite up to par just yet,” Cantabene said. “He hasn’t been practicing that much. But once he got going and once he got back into it a little bit, you could really see that he was getting back to his old self.”