What a game today. Incredible theater for the standing room only crowd at CAC. Here’s the official release from the Mustangs…
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Junior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) capped a three-goal rally in the game’s final six minutes just over two minutes
into overtime as the No. 1 Stevenson men’s lacrosse team defeated No.
5 Roanoke, 15-14 Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division
III Men’s Lacrosse Championship at Caves Athletics Complex.
The win was the ninth-straight for the Mustangs (19-2) who advance to
the national semifinals for the second consecutive year and continue
to add to their school record for wins in a season which was 17 set a
It was also Stevenson’s second victory over Roanoke at home this
season after the two teams hadn’t met since 2001 and was a lot closer
than their regular season meeting on March 27 in which the Mustangs
The Mustangs are 21-3 at home the last two seasons.
After stopping 22 shots in the team’s second round victory over No. 8
Cabrini, Stevenson senior Geoff Hebert (Lutherville/Dulaney) made a
career-high 27 on Wednesday, including 15 in the second half.
In five games in the NCAA championship, Hebert has posted a 4-1 record
while posting a career-high in saves in three of those games.
Trailing 14-12, junior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) scored
his second goal with 4:15 remaining in the fourth quarter before
junior Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) tied the
game just 1:06 later with his third of the contest off a pass from
senior Dave Cougler (Rochester, N.Y./G. Ray Bodley).
Wednesday’s game featured seven ties and five lead changes and the
Mustangs rallied from three separate two-goal deficits, including a
3-0 margin to start the game after the Maroons scored the game’s first
three goals in the first 4:44.
Despite being outshot 72-40, Stevenson had three shots in the final
3:09, two of which were saved by Roanoke’s Jake Dorsey and a third
that hit the crossbar. The Maroons had two shots during that span, one
of which was blocked and the other that was saved by Hebert.
After junior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) won his 15th
face-off the game to start overtime, Stevenson called a timeout to set
up its offensive attack in the sudden victory period before Ford
netted his fifth goal of the game with his team-leading fifth
game-winning goal of the season.
Senior Steve Kazimer (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger), who picked up the
assist on Ford’s game-winner, finished with three on the day, raising
his season point total to 92 and tying him with Eric Schmith for the
school’s single-season record.
Kazimer also has 47 assists this season, surpassing his 2008 total of
46 into second place behind Schmith’s record of 55.
Meanwhile, Ford, who ranked second on that list with 86 in 2008, now
has 88, including 54 goals, five shy of his single-season record set
two years ago.
With eight ground balls, Witte now has 152 this season, moving him
into first place on the school’s single-season list past Matt
Krastel’s mark of 146 set in 1998. Witte also continues to add to his
school record for face-off wins and now has 282. He also has 373 in
his three-year career, just eight shy of current assistant coach Greg
Furshman’s record of 381.
Stevenson awaits the winner of the Haverford-Salisbury game Wednesday
night. If Haverford wins, the Mustangs and Fords will meet at Caves
Athletics Complex on Sunday for the first time since 1999 when
Stevenson won on the road, 13-8.
If Salisbury wins, the Mustangs and Sea Gulls will meet at Sea Gull
Stadium, marking the sixth meeting between the two in the last two
seasons with Stevenson owning a 3-2 record.