Salisbury snaps Stevenson’s long home winning streak in 11-9 final

April 20, 2014 | WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Luke Phipps had a hand in all three fourth quarter goals as No. 3 Salisbury scored all three with the man advantage, breaking open an 8-8 tie en route to an 11-9 victory over the second-ranked Stevenson men’s lacrosse team Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.

The loss snapped a 20-game home winning streak for the Mustangs (13-2) who suffered their first defeat in the series since May 20, 2012.

Phipps, who finished with six points and four assists, put the Sea Gulls (16-1) ahead for good with his first goal of the game just 1:37 into the fourth quarter before assisting Donovan Lange on the game-winner with 7:12 remaining.

Phipps and Lange hooked up four times in the game, including on all three goals in the fourth quarter. The duo combined for five goals and 11 points as Lange totaled three goals and two assists.

The two teams combined to go 9-for-21 on the extra-man as the they combined for 29 penalties for 26:00. Stevenson was whistled for 16 penalties for 13:00, marking the sixth time this season that the team has ben called for at least 10 penalties. The team’s 13 minutes in infractions were the most since Feb. 18, 2012 when it also totaled 13:00 versus Haverford.

Dating back to 2005, the team has never totaled 16 penalties.

After Salisbury jumped out to a 4-3 lead after the first quarter, sophomores Stephen Banick and Joe Balestrieri and freshman Tyler Fuhrman scored three-straight in a span of 2:17 to give Stevenson a 6-4 advantage with 5:49 left in the second.

However, the Sea Gulls answered with back-to-back tallies, including the second with nine seconds to play to tie the game at 6-6 at the half.

The game featured seven ties and five lead changes and marked the fifth game in the last seven in the series that was decided by three goals or less.

Stevenson was held to its lowest shot total of the season, but still outshot Salisbury, 39-32. The Sea Gulls won 13-of-22 face-offs while Alex Taylor made 13 saves.

Senior Chris Dashiell and junior Tony Rossi each totaled three assists while Banick and junior Colin Dabney had two goals apiece. Sophomore Dimitri Pecunes made nine saves.

Stevenson wraps-up its three-game homestand on Wednesday when it hosts a Commonwealth Conference contest versus Messiah beginning at 6:00 p.m.