A wild night at Unitas Stadium in Towson, here’s the official recap courtesy of the Stevenson information department…
Barthelme Scores Four, No. 2 Stevenson Falls to No. 1 Tufts at Towson, 14-13
TOWSON, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) scored a season-high five points, but a late rally by the No. 2-ranked Mustangs that cut their deficit to one with just under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter came up just short as No. 1 Tufts held on for a 14-13 victory Wednesday at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Stevenson (8-1) suffered its first regular season loss since Apr. 3, 2010, snapping a 13-game winning streak, and its first in four games at Towson.
The Mustangs cut the lead to one on two separate occassions in the final eight minutes, with Barthelme’s fourth goal cutting the lead to 13-12 with 8:34 remaining and an assist by Barthelme to freshman Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) pulling them to 14-13 with 2:34 left.
Following Reid’s second goal of the game and 16th of the season, senior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) won his 19th face-off of the night, give Stevenson a chance to tie the game for the first time since it was 6-6 with 1:28 to play in the second quarter.
However, all three of the Mustangs’ shots in the final two minutes were turned away, including two that were saved by Steven Foglietta, before the Jumbos were able to clear the ball with 1:14 remaining and ride out the rest of the clock after two Stevenson penalties in the final 55 seconds.
Foglietta finished with 24 saves as the Mustangs out-shot the defending national champions, 76-35, including 41-13 in the second half.
Stevenson was able to force 23 turnovers, including seven in the fourth quarter and four from senior Evan Douglass (Exeter, N.H./Exeter), but could not overcome key turnovers and the play of Foglietta.
Trailing 6-5 late in the second quarter, Tufts (4-0) used a 5-0 run to erase a 6-5 deficit and take a 10-6 lead that it would not relinquish. Three of the goals during the run came in the final 1:28 of the first half and four came from Sean Kirwan and D.J. Kessler.
Wednesday’s game was the third No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-up for Stevenson in the last two seasons with the Mustangs being the No. 2-ranked team twice. The team is 0-3 in those contests.
Senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) finished with four points on one goal and three assists and now has 263 for his career, moving past Eric Schmith as the school’s all-time scoring leader.
Kevin McCormick had six points on three goals and three assists while Kirwan had four goals and Hessler added three goals and one assist.
Stevenson returns to action on Saturday with a non-conference contest versus Scranton at Caves Athletics Complex. The game will be broadcast live on ABC 2 in Baltimore and online at ESPN3.com. Game time is at noon.