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Stevenson wraps regular season with win at Ohio Wesleyan

Posted on 06 May 2012 by WNST Staff

DELAWARE, Ohio – Stevenson men’s lacrosse freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) led the team with two goals and three points, scoring both of his goals in a decisive third quarter as the No. 4 Mustangs wrapped up the regular season Saturday with a 10-5 non-conference road victory at Ohio Wesleyan.

Stevenson (15-4) finished the regular season with at least 15 wins for the fourth-straight year in anticipation of its fourth consecutive selection to the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

The NCAA selection show will take place Sunday, May 6 at 10:00 p.m., on NCAA.com.

As for Saturday, the Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Ohio Wesleyan (11-4) scored three of the next four goals to pull within one when Spencer Schnell netted his second of the game just 54 seconds into the third quarter.

However, that would be as close as the Battling Bishops would get as Stevenson outscored them 5-2 in the third quarter, the last two of which came from Banick to give the Mustangs their biggest lead of the game at 9-4.

Stevenson outshot Ohio Wesleyan 16-5 in the third, but won just 2-of-7 face-offs. The Battling Bishops won 12 of the game’s 16 face-offs, but were 0-for-5 on extra-man opportunities.

The Mustangs, who committed a season-low 10 turnovers, received two goals each from Banick, sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside), senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) and senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph).

Senior Nick Rossi (Baltimore, Md./Towson) also had two points with one goal and one assist.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) was credited with nine saves to lead a defense that allowed five goals or less for the 10th time in 19 games this season.

Schnell and Tommy Minkler each had two goals and one assist to lead Ohio Wesleyan while Ryan McMahon had 15 saves.

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Seven Mustangs Named All-CAC

Posted on 02 May 2012 by WNST Staff

YORK, Pa. – After posting a 14-4 record, finishing second in the CAC and earning a No. 4 national ranking, the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team had seven players named to the All-CAC team on Tuesday, including three named to the first team. All seven players earned their first career all-conference selections.

In their five seasons in the CAC, the Mustangs had a total of 39 All-CAC selections while boasting two CAC Rookie of the Year honorees
and the 2011 CAC Player of the Year.

Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) and senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) were each named to the first team.

Senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph), juniors Parker Bratton (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and sophomore Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville, Md./Boys’ Latin) were all selected to the second team.

Banick leads the team in goals, assists and points in his first season, having totaled 29 goals, 24 assists and 53 points in 18 games while making 17 starts. He ranks sixth in the CAC in goals and points.

Holechek is the team’s leader with 70 ground balls and 48 caused turnovers, a mark that ranks second for a single-season in school
history. He currently ranks second in the CAC in caused turnovers and was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week on March 26.

Bolland has started all 18 of the team’s games in goal and leads the CAC in minutes played with 1,005. He is second with a 6.51 goals
against average and 14 victories while ranking fourth with a 55.1 saves percentage.

Lea is second on the team with a career-high 22 goals, despite missing eight games due to injury. He is also fourth on the team with 26
points and was named CAC Offensive Player of the Week on April 9.

Bratton has played in all 18 of the team’s games while starting in 17 and ranking second on the team and fifth in the CAC with 28 caused
turnovers. He has also totaled 43 ground balls.

Fendlay is fourth member of the Mustangs’ starting defense to earn All-CAC honors. He joins Holechek and Bolland as the only three
players to start all 18 games this season and ranks third on the team with 24 caused turnovers and second with 59 ground balls.

Rubenstein, the 2011 CAC Rookie of the Year, has totaled 14 caused turnovers and 38 ground balls this season. He has also totaled one
goal and one assist and long-stick midfielder.

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Wizards Crush Bobcats For Fourth Straight Win

Posted on 24 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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Salisbury Stages Dramatic Rally to Top Stevenson

Posted on 14 April 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Salisbury’s Matt Cannone scored his fourth goal of the game with just 11 seconds remaining to cap an 8-1 as the No. 1-ranked Sea Gulls rallied from a six-goal deficit over the final 15:45 to post an 11-10 victory over fourth-ranked Stevenson Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.

The loss snapped an 18-game conference winning streak for the Mustangs (12-3, 6-1 CAC) and was their first in nine games at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson led 9-3 with 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter following the second goal of the game from freshman Stephen Banick
(Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) off an assist from sophomore defender Warren Pumphrey (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s).

However, Salisbury (15-0, 7-0 CAC) scored the next three goals in a span of just 1:01, including two from Tony Mendes, to pull within
three at 9-6.

Menendes, Matt Cannone and Ryan Clarke combined to score the last eight goals for the Sea Gulls with three each coming from Cannone and Mendes.

Salisbury outscored the Mustangs 6-1 in the fourth quarter while winning 6-of-7 face-offs and holding a 13-2 edge in shots. For the game, the Sea Gulls won 14-of-21 face-offs and outshot Stevenson 39-28, including 24-11 in the second half.

The game featured 18 penalities including for a total of 16:30, but neither team could capitalize as they went a combined 3-17 on extra-man opportunities.  The two teams also combined for three man-down goals.

Banick totaled two goals and three assists for a game-high five points while senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) finished with a career-high three goals. Sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) had two goals.

Cannone also had a game-high five points with four goals and one assist while Mendes also netted four goals. Clarke had two goals and
two assists.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) finished with a season-high 13 saves, including nine in the first half. His
counterpart Alex Taylor finished with nine saves.

Stevenson reutrns to action on Wednesday, April 18 as the Mustangs host a CAC contest versus Frostburg State on Senior Day. Face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

– Stevenson Men’s Lacrosse –

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Wizards Rout Bobcats in Matchup Of NBA’s Worst

Posted on 10 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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Big First Half For Stevenson in Win Over Denison

Posted on 08 April 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) scored all four of his goals in the first half as the sixth-ranked Mustangs built an 8-2 halftime lead before holding off a late rally by No. 8 Denison for their sixth-straight win Saturday, 12-9 at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (11-2) outshot the Big Red 32-13 in the first half, including 19-5 in the first quarter while scoring seven second-quarter goals.

The Mustangs improved their record to 8-0 at home this season and 3-2 against teams ranked in the USILA Division III Coaches’ Poll.

Denison (9-1) was one of just four remaining undefeated teams in Division III entering Saturday, joining No. 1 Salisbury, No. 2 SUNY Cortland and Lyndon State.

Lea finished the game with a career-high six points while tying his career-high with four goals for the second consecutive game. In three games since returning from a broken hand that forced him to miss eight of the team’s first 10 games, Lea has totaled 10 goals and 13 points.

Lea scored four of Stevenson’s first eight goals as it built a six-goal lead at the half. He then assisted on the Mustangs’ final two tallies just 27 seconds apart in the fourth quarter to push the team’s lead to five with 6:00 remaining after Denison cut its deficit to 10-7.

After junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) scored to give Stevenson its largest lead of the game at 9-2, the Big Red responded with five of the next six goals, including two from Eddie Vita to pull Denison within three.

Vita and Chapin Speidel each had three goals for the Big Red who entered the game with nation’s fifth-best scoring offense.

Lea was one of eight different goal scorers for the Mustangs. Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) had two while Reid finished with a goal and an assist. Freshman Pat Candon (Long Beach, N.Y./Holy Trinity) had two assists.

Junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) led the Stevenson defense with four caused turnovers while senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) had six saves.

Senior Doug Reidt (Towson, Md./Hereford) won 12-of-23 face-offs and totaled seven ground balls.

Stevenson travels to Marymount (Va.) on Wednesday. Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

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Stevenson Stays Hot With Win Over St. Mary’s

Posted on 04 April 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – In just his second game back from injury, Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) scored a career-high four goals while the defense held its opponent to five goals or less for eighth time this season in a 14-5 victory Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

The win was the fifth-straight for Stevenson (10-2, 5-0 CAC) who won its 17th consecutive CAC contest dating back to Apr. 7, 2010. It was also the seventh in as many games at home for the Mustangs this season and moved them into sole possession of first place in the CAC standings, one game ahead of rival Salisbury.

In two games since returning from a broken hand, Lea has totaled six goals and seven points versus Hood and St. Mary’s (Md.). He scored three of the Mustangs’ first seven goals, netting his third with 10:03 remaining in the second quarter to give Stevenson a 7-2 lead.

Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored the first of his two goals just eight seconds later as the Mustangs
led by six before taking an 8-3 advantage into halftime.

Stevenson held a 32-7 edge in shots at the half and a 53-22 margin for the game.

Senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) scored the first of back-to-back goals only 18 seconds into the third quarter with a man
advantage that jump started a second half in which Stevenson outscored the Seahawks 6-2, including 4-1 in the third quarter.

Sophomore and reigning CAC Player of the Week Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) picked up the second of his three assists on
the goal by Rossi as he now has a team-high 20 assists this season. During the team’s five-game win streak, Dashiell has totaled 22 points and 15 assists.

A total of 11 different players scored for the Mustangs, including freshman Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) who netted his first career goal to start the second quarter.

Defensively, junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) totaled six ground balls and three caused turnovers while
juniors Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and Parker Bratton (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) each had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) and freshman Kevin Cain (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) each had four saves.

Stewart D’Ambrogi had a goal and an assist for the Seahawks (7-4, 4-1 CAC) while Patrick Mull finished with two assists. Stu Wheeler made 19 saves.

Stevenson hosts No. 8 Denison on Saturday at Mustang Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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Suffocating Defense For Lehigh in Win Over Navy

Posted on 31 March 2012 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —The seventh-ranked Lehigh men’s lacrosse team (10-1, 3-0 Patriot League) scored eight-straight goals while holding Navy (5-4, 3-2 Patriot League) scoreless for better than 40 minutes to defeat the Mids 9-4 on Friday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.  The Mountain Hawks are winners of a nation’s-best nine in a row, while Navy had its winning streak snapped at four.

“I really have to tip my hat off to Lehigh,” said Navy first-year head coach Rick Sowell.  “They are a heck of a team.

“We had a 4-1 lead and just couldn’t build on it.  We gave a few back right before the half which was a big momentum swing.  We got a little sloppy in the third quarter and just couldn’t get it to swing back our way.”

Lehigh put the first point on the board when senior midfielder Roman Lao-Gosney beat Navy defensive middie Cade Norris (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and tucked his shot just under the crossbar on the right side at the 11:51 mark in the first.

Navy, despite missing two point-blank shots early in the game, regrouped and scored three-straight goals over a minute and 18 seconds, including the equalizer at 10:22 when second-line midfielder Erik Hoffstadt (Dover, Del.) used a crossover step to beat Lehigh senior defender Blaise Fullen on an unassisted tally.  Senior attackman Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.) gave the Mids their first lead, taking a pass from junior midfielder Bryce Dabbs (Damascus, Md.) and dodging the defense before sticking it in.  Senior Logan West (Berlin, Md.) was awarded the win on the ensuing faceoff due to an infraction by Lehigh’s Ryan Snyder.  West took off with the ball and fired in his third goal of the season just five seconds after the Reynolds goal to give the Mids a 3-1 lead after the first quarter of action.

The Mids built a 4-1 lead three minutes into the second period when Dabbs found sophomore attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) who managed to thread his shot between the post and freshman goalkeeper Matthew Poillon.

Remarkably, Navy would be without a goal for the rest of the game, as the Mountain Hawks’ No.1-ranked defense suffocated the Mids.  After outshooting Lehigh 10-2 in the opening quarter, Navy would fire off just 13 shots over the final three quarters and seven in the second half.  Lehigh came into the game surrendering just 5.6 goals per game, giving up double digits only once this season.

“I’m not so sure I’ve seen a defense as strong as them for quite awhile,” added Sowell.  “It’s a combination of scheme and personnel.  They are big and athletic and it seemed like every time you tried to go to the goal, someone was there taking it away.  Almost everything thing we tried, they stood up to the task.  This wasn’t just against us, look at what they have done all year long.”

“Their defense was very frustrating to play against,” added Reynolds.  “We can’t have the defense dictating what we do as an offense and that’s what we allowed them to do in the second half.”

Lehigh began pecking away at its three-goal deficit by scoring a pair of goals to close out the first half trailing Navy by just one at 4-3.  The second of the two goals was a matter of Patrick Corbett being in the right place at the right time.  Navy senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) kick saved a shot by Lehigh’s Brian Hess, sending it back into center of the playing field right to Corbett who picked it up and punched it in.

Navy began the second half a man down after junior defenseman Austin Miller (North Bethesda, Md.) was flagged for a hold with under five seconds to play in the half.  Once again Corbett was the beneficiary of a saved shot by Wickham who was unable to coral the ball.  Corbett scooped up the loose ball and scored the extra-man tally 27 seconds into the third quarter, knotting the game up at four-all.

Lehigh took the lead for good at the 11:41 mark in the third when junior attackman Dante Fantoni set up fellow attackman Adam Johnston on a perfectly-executed play on the crease.

The Mountain Hawks scored twice more to hold a 7-4 lead after three quarters of play.  Navy got off just three shots in the third stanza which saw perhaps its best opportunity, a shot by Hull curling around the crease, bounce off the near-side post and into the stick of a Lehigh defenseman with two minutes to go.

Lehigh added a pair of goals in the fourth, including the third of the game by Corbett, to salt away the game.

Corbett led all scorers with three goals and an assist, while Fantoni scored a goal and dealt out a pair of assists for the Mountain Hawks.

Reynolds, Hull, Hoffstadt and West recorded goals for the Midshipmen who were shut out in a half for the first time since last year’s season-ending loss to Johns Hopkins who held Navy off the scoreboard until the 11:37 mark in the third quarter.

While Wickham gave up nine goals, he was stout in the cage, keeping the Midshipmen in charge in the first half with five spectacular saves.  He ended the game with eight stops.

West won eight of the 14 draws he took, including four in a row in the opening quarter, but cooled off, winning just four of the remaining 10 he took.

The Midshipmen will be back in action next Friday when they make the short trip to College Park to face No. 9 Maryland.  Game time is set for 7:00 pm at Byrd Stadium.

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Banick, Dashiell Lead Way For Stevenson in Blowout Win At Wesley

Posted on 29 March 2012 by WNST Staff

DOVER, Del. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored a career-high eight points while sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) added seven as the seventh-ranked Mustangs ran their CAC win streak to 15 with a 19-3 victory over Wesley Wednesday at Miller Stadium.

Stevenson (8-2, 2-0 CAC) led 12-0 at halftime and 16-0 following the first goal of the season by junior Reed Phillips (Chester Springs, Pa./Downington East)with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter.

Phillips was one of 12 different goal scorers for the Mustangs and one of four players who netted their first of the season, including junior John Cammalleri (Far Hills, N.J./Rutgers Prep), senior Mathew Schenck (Glen Gardner, N.J./Hunterdon Central) and freshman James Mullis (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck).

Meanwhile, senior Pat Magee (Chicago, Ill./Saint Viator), juniors Dixon Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford)Sam Ramatowski (Bowie, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and Aaron Taylor (Powell, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) each picked up their first points of the season as 17 different players had at least one point.

Ramatowski also won 9-of-11 face-offs.

As for Banick, it was the fifth multi-goal game of his career as he finished with a career-high five. Banick, who had seven points and five assists in the season opener versus Haverford, has scored at least one goal in eight of the team’s 10 games this season.

Dashiell totaled career-highs with five assists and seven points. His seven points were four more than his previous career-high of three achieved five times over his first two seasons.

Junior Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) led the defense with eight ground balls and three caused turnovers while reigning CAC Defensive Player of the Week, junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) had six ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) did not allow a goal in the first half while making three saves to earn his eight win of the season and the 28th of his career. He is now 28-5 as a starter.

Sophomore Colin Rayburn (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) and junior Mark Salerno (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) each made their first appearances of the season in the second half and the 10th and seventh of their careers, respectively.

Tim Dougherty had an assist on all three goals for Wesley (1-7, 1-3 CAC) while Matt Ryan was credited with 13 saves.

Stevenson wraps-up its three-game road trip at Hood on Saturday. Game time is at noon.

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Stevenson Tops Mary Washington in CAC Contest

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Led by three points each from freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside), the 10th-ranked Stevenson men’s lacrosse team posted a 13-6 CAC road victory over Mary Washington Saturday at the Battleground Complex.

The Mustangs (7-2, 2-0 CAC), who are one of two conference unbeatens with St. Mary’s (Md.) and No. 1-ranked Salisbury, have now allowed six goals or less in eight out of nine games this season.

The win also improved Stevenson’s conference winning streak to 14, dating back to an 18-6 victory at Marymount (Va.) on Apr. 7, 2010.

After a low scoring first quarter in which each team netted one goal, Luke Dick scored back-to-back unassisted tallies to give the Eagles
their only lead of the game at 3-2 with 8:06 remaining in the second quarter.

From there, Stevenson scored the game’s next seven consecutive goals to take a 9-3 lead with 3:13 to play in the third. The first two goals
came with a man advantage on strikes from senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) and freshman Billy Burgoyne (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes).

The Mustangs are 3-for-6 with the man advantage over last two games after starting the season 5-for-45 in the first seven.

Led by two goals from Banick and three assists from Dashiell, Stevenson outscored Mary Washington 9-3 in the second half while
winning 9-of-14 face-offs. The Mustang defense also held the Eagles without a goal on seven man-up opportunities totaling five minutes.

After entering the game 1-for-6 on face-offs, freshman Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) won 11-of-18 against the Eagles and
scooped up a career-high 10 ground balls.

Burgoyne, junior Andrew Bishop (Lothian, Md./Southern) and sophomore J.P. Coombe (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) each finished with two goals as 12 different players scored for Stevenson. Junior Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) picked up an assist from his defensive position and junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) netted his seventh goal of the season in his first game since March 10 at No. 9 Lynchburg.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) was credited with eight saves.

Dick totaled four points for Mary Washington (6-2, 2-1 CAC) with three goals and one assist while Matt Prin had nine saves.

Stevenson continues its three-game road trip on Wednesday when it travels to Wesley for a 4:00 p.m., contest at Miller Stadium.

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