OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored three goals while sophomore Sam Ramatowski (Bowie, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) won 15 face-offs as the ninth-ranked Mustangs beat York (Pa.) 7-5 Wednesday at Mustang Stadium in the CAC opener for both teams.
Stevenson (5-1, 1-0 CAC) is now 11-0 in conference openers, including 5-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference and 6-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. The team is also 5-0 at Mustang Stadium.
Whittaker tied a career-high in both goals and points while Ramatowski posted a career-high in face-off wins, winning 15-of-16. Whittaker also had three goals and three points in a 20-4 victory over Hood on
Mar. 31, 2010.
Defensively, the Mustangs held their opponent to six goals or less for the sixth time this season while holding the Spartans (3-3, 0-1 CAC) scoreless in the fourth quarter as Stevenson broke a 5-5 tie with goals from freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and sophomore J.P. Coombe (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s).
The team’s leader in goals, assists and points this season, Banick finished with three points on two goals and one assist. Sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) had one goal and one assist.
The Mustangs held a 57-24 edge in shots and had twice as many ground balls, 50-25, but were 0-for-6 with the extra-man. The team has not scored on its last 11 extra-man opportunities.
York’s Tyler Powell finished with 20 saves, including seven in the first quarter, while seven different players had at least one point for the Spartans.
Stevenson travels to No. 3 SUNY Cortland on Saturday. Game time is at 3:00 p.m.