Stevenson University Opens Season With Lax Win over Widener

February 22, 2009 | Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson University men’s lacrosse junior Steve
Kazimer (Syracuse, N.Y./Henniger) scored a game-high three goals,
including the game-winner with 3:21 remaining in the third quarter as
the No. 5-ranked Mustangs held on for a 7-6 victory over Widener
Saturday at the Caves Athletics Complex.

Kazimer finished the game with four points to lead Stevenson (1-0) who
won their fourth-straight at home. The team is also 5-0 in season
openers under head coach Paul Cantabene compared to 5-4 in the nine
years prior to his arrival in 2005.

Widener (0-1), who made its seventh appearance in the NCAA Division
III Men’s Lacrosse Championship a year ago after winning its fourth
consecutive MAC title, was led by Justin Upp’s two goals and one
assist.

After Kazimer’s third goal of the game gave the Mustangs a 7-4 lead,
Upp scored off an assist from Andrew Janusz just two minutes later
before netting another only 40 seconds into the fourth quarter to pull
the Pride within one.

With under five minutes to go, Stevenson junior Geoff Hebert
(Lutherville/Dulaney) made back-to-back saves on J.J. Hoeffler and
Shane DeHaven to preserve the one goal advantage with 4:03 remaining.

The Pride, who outshot the Mustangs 7-4 in the fourth quarter, had two
chances to tie the game in the final minute.

After a shot by Hoeffler went wide, senior Austin Hale
(Baltimore/Eastern) caused a turnover by Janusz that was picked up by
sophomore Ian Hart (Chester, Pa./Ridley).

However, Widener’s Cory Malampy’s caused turnover and resulting ground
ball on Stevenson sophomore Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winter Mills)
gave the Pride one more shot at forcing overtime with 22 seconds left
following a timeout.

With 10 seconds remaining, Hoeffler attempted to split to Mustang
defenders and in doing so, the lost the ball out of his stick where
senior Chris Baldwin (Baltimore/Calvert Hall) picked up the ground
ball to seal the victory for Stevenson.

Junior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson), who finished second in the
nation in scoring a year ago, had two goals as did Salisbury senior
transfer Brett Yoder (Parkton/Hereford) in his first game as a
Mustang.

Hebert had 10 saves to lead a Stevenson defense that held a 32-21 edge
in ground balls.

The Mustangs return to action next Saturday when they travel to No. 11
Stevens. Game time is at 1:00 p.m.

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