Candon Lifts Stevenson Past Hampden-Sydney

February 26, 2012 | WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse freshman Pat Candon (Long Beach, N.Y./Holy Trinity) scored the game-winning goal with 7:54 remaining, and an insurance goal five minutes later, to lead the Mustangs past Hampden-Sydney, 9-6 Saturday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.

The game was tied at the end of the first three quarters at one, three and five, respectively.

Stevenson (2-0) scored first, just 34 seconds in on an unassisted tally by senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount St. Joseph).

The Mustangs and Tigers would trade pairs of goals, with no team leading by more than one for the first 55 minutes of the game until junior Peter Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford) would score his second of the season off freshman Stephen Banick’s (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) team-leading sixth assist to help Stevenson pull away.

Hampden-Sydney (1-2) would score four of its six goals on the extra-man with three coming from Micah Keller who leads the Tigers with 13 goals this season.

Both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm combining for 56 turnovers and 19 penalties.

Stevenson’s defense behind senior goalie Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) allowed only one goal and forced five of six Hampden-Sydney shots off-cage in the decisive fourth quarter.  Junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) had game-highs in ground balls with seven and caused turnovers with four.  Bolland netted six saves on the afternoon.

David Noftsinger recorded 12 saves in his first collegiate start.

Today’s victory marks the 99th career win for Paul Cantabene, who has an overall winning percentage of .767.  The program’s winningest coach in both wins and percentage, Cantabene has led the Mustangs to a school record for wins in each of his seven seasons while winning at least 10 games the last six.

The Mustangs return to action next Saturday for their second of eight night home games against Western New England.  Game time is 7:00 p.m.