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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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Navy Picks Up Big Win at Colgate

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Navy sophomore attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) slipped the defense on the crease with 3.4 seconds left in the game to lead the Midshipmen to a 12-11 victory over 12th-ranked Colgate Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, N.Y.  While the Mids moved to 5-3 on the year, including wins in each of their last four contests, the Raiders suffered just their second loss of the season and had their five-game winning streak snapped.

“Wow, this feels great,” said first-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “We talked all week long about drawing some positive attention to the program and you do that be getting some big wins.  We proved today that we can play to that level.  I couldn’t be more proud of the guys and the effort they gave today.”

The win marked the program’s first one-goal victory since Navy earned a memorable 9-8 overtime win against Johns Hopkins on April 24, 2010 in Annapolis.  The Mids lost all four one-goal games a year ago and dropped a disappointing 9-8 decision to North Carolina earlier this season after the Tar Heels scored the game’s final four goals.

After falling behind 1-0, Navy scored seven of the next eight goals to seize control of the game and owned a 7-3 advantage at the half.

The game, however, looked to take an eerily similar turn as the North Carolina contest, as the Mids held five-goal leads twice in the game, including a 10-5 lead with 9:13 to go in the third quarter.

Colgate, one of the nation’s most explosive offensive teams, rallied to scored four-straight goals, including three goals in under two minutes to clip the Mids’ lead to one, 10-9, with 4:20 remaining in the third quarter.  Navy did not have the ball on the offensive side of the field between the 9:13 and 4:20 mark, as the Raiders won four-straight faceoffs to keep the Mids’ defense on their toes.

The Raiders knotted up the game at 10-10 just seven seconds into the fourth quarter when faceoff specialist Robert Grabher won the draw and ran straight up the middle unscathed and punched in the equalizer.

Jones gave the Mids an 11-10 edge with 7:15 left in the game, sending his three-yard shot between Colgate keeper Jared Madison’s legs.

The nation’s leading scorer Peter Baum stepped up for the Raiders, scoring the game-tying goal at the 2:38 mark as he swept across the middle of the box and fired in his third goal of the afternoon.

With just over a minute to go, Sowell called timeout and set up a play.  Navy midfielders Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) and Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) anchored themselves at the top of the box, playing catch for the better part of a minute before Durkin found Jones who curled around the left crease and got off a bit of a scoop shot with 3.4 seconds for the game-winner.

“We drew up a play, but it fell apart because they were pushing up,” said Jones.  “I looked up at Durks (Pat Durkin) and then looked at the clock.  He got me the ball and I knew I had enough time to dodge.  I had luck with that side all day long, so I felt confident with the ball.  I made my move and was leaning to the right trying to give myself a little bit of room and sort of got it off sidearm.

“We’ve been up in a lot of games over my two years and let it slip away,” added Jones.  “I think a lot of us in our minds were saying, `no, not again!’  I had complete faith in our team.”

It was particularly rewarding for Jones who has struggled in recent weeks.

“I’ve been in a slump the last few games and the fact that my teammates trusted me means the world,” added Jones.  “I love my teammates.  It just really made me happy to be able to come through for them.”

“I know Sam has been frustrated the last couple of weeks, but I knew it was just a matter of time before he broke out of it,” added Sowell.  “I think it was more about being unlucky than him not doing the right things.  There are a few guys we’d like to have the ball in their sticks at the end of the game and without a doubt Sam is one of them.”

Jones led all scorers in the game with five points on three goals and two assists.  Meanwhile, senior attackman Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.), senior faceoff specialist Logan West (Berlin, Md.) and Durkin contributed two goals apiece with West’s goals being the first two of his career.  Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.), the nation’s second-leading scorer who was averaging 5.71 points per game going into the contest, was held to just one goal.

Navy senior keeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) put together a solid day in goal, turning back 12 Colgate shots on goal, including eight in the second half.  The Raiders took 28 of their 42 shots in the second, outscoring the Mids 8-5 over the second 30 minutes of play.

Baum, who scored just one settled goal on the Midshipmen, paced the Raiders with his hat trick, while Walsh delivered three points on two goals and one assist.  Madison, meanwhile, made just three saves for the Raiders.

The Midshipmen will be back in action next Friday when they play host to 11th-ranked Lehigh at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium beginning at 7:00 pm.  The Patriot League contest will be televised live by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and Steve Panarelli (analyst) calling the action.

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Stevenson Falters After Half In Loss at Cortland

Posted on 17 March 2012 by WNST Staff

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Greg Wright scored all three of his goals in the third quarter while Cody Consul totaled two of his game-high six points as No. 3 SUNY Cortland outscored the No. 9-ranked Stevenson men’s lacrosse team by four en route to a 13-9 victory Saturday at the Stadium Complex.

The Mustangs (5-2) suffered their first loss in three career meetings against the Red Dragons and their second in as many road games this season. The last time Stevenson lost at least two games on the road was during the 2005 season against Gettysburg, Lynchburg and Salisbury.

Freshmen Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Pat Candon (Long Beach, N.Y./Holy Trinity) led the Mustangs with two goals apiece while freshman Michael Crowe (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) tied his career-high with two points on a goal and an assist.

Stevenson was outshot 40-28 and were 0-for-4 on the man advantage. The team has not scored on its last 15 extra-man opportunities, a stretch that spans the last three games.

Consul led Cortland (4-0) with three goals and three assists while Wright finished with four points.

Today’s loss marks the first time this season that Stevenson’s ninth-ranked scoring defense allowed more than six goals in a game this season. The Mustangs’ six-game streak of six goals or less was the longest in school history, eclipsing the previous mark set in 2003 when they held five consecutive opponents to six goals or less from April 10 to April 22.

Stevenson is 86-2 all-time when allowing six goals or less. The team had won 52-straight before falling at No. 9 Lynchburg last Saturday, 6-3.

Freshman Parker Bratton (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) led the defense with five caused turnovers and three ground balls.

The Red Dragons jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the game’s first eight minutes before the Mustangs scored four of the next five goals to take its only lead of the game at 5-4 with 13:11 remaining in the second quarter.

Cortland answered with a quick 3-0 burst to go back in front 7-5 before Stevenson scored two goals in the final 52 seconds of the first half to tie the game at 7-7 going into halftime.

However, the Red Dragons outscored the Mustangs 5-1 in a decisive third quarter and 6-2 in the second half.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) was credited with 12 saves while counterpart Mike Kaminski had 14, including five in the fourth quarter.

Stevenson returns home to face No. 2 Tufts on Tuesday at Mustang Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised live on Maryland Public Television’s MPT2 which can be seen on Comcast 268 and Verizon Fios 480. It will also be simulcast live at GoMustangSports.com.

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Navy Tops Holy Cross For Third Straight Win

Posted on 17 March 2012 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy lacrosse team staged a strong second half effort on both ends of the field as the Mids earned a 13-7 victory over Holy Cross Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.  Navy outscored the Crusaders 5-1 in the second half, holding Holy Cross scoreless for the final 26 minutes of the contest, as the Mids to improve to 4-3 on the year, including a 2-1 mark in Patriot League action.

“That was one heck of a win for our program,” said first-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “We had a lot of different guys stepping up and making big plays at different times throughout the game.  Erik Hoffstadt scored a huge goal for us on extra-man that gave us a little padding.  Ben Sampson and Pat Kiernan provided offense as long poles.  Evan McGoogan came in and was able to win some faceoffs.  And our goalkeeper, RJ Wickham, who played an all-around solid game, stepped up and made some big saves in the second half when we needed them.  It was just an all-around great team effort.”

The Mids built a 4-2 advantage over the Crusaders in the opening quarter, sparked by the play of sophomore long poles Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Ben Sampson (Doylestown, Pa.).  Kiernan punched in a career-high tying two goals, while Sampson, in just his second-career appearance, scored his first-collegiate goal midway through the first quarter.  Kiernan has now scored six goals this season, including five in the last three contests.

Navy pushed its lead to 7-2 early in the second quarter, as the Mids scored three goals in 1:23 seconds, including back-to-back strikes by senior co-captain Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.).

Holy Cross, however, fought its way back into the game, scoring four of the final five goals of the first half to find itself down by just two, 8-6, at the half.  The four goals were scored by four different players – Clay Haarmann, John Hannan, Myles Gilespite, Nick Rabiecki – and three of the four were unassisted.

The Crusaders trimmed Navy’s lead to one at 8-7 with just under 11 minutes to go in the third period on another unassisted goal by Gillespie.  While Holy Cross looked to have all the momentum in its favor, an extra-man goal by sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt (Dover, Del.)  at 9:16 in the third period gave Navy just what it needed – breathing room.

The goal was the first of five straight by the Mids, as Navy’s defense solved Holy Cross’ offensive attack and did not give up a goal for the final 25:57.

“The six to eight minute period in which they made their run in the first half, well that happens in the game of lacrosse,” said senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.).  “I think we adjusted well in the second half and I would say it was really good defense holding them to one goal in the second half.  The seniors, myself, Matt Vernam and Ian Crumley, we were trying to use our leadership on defense to buckle down and play the way we know how.”

“Credit Holy Cross for the grit and belief they played with,” added Sowell.  “We knew we were in for a battle.  We got off to a strong start, but they didn’t give in.  They kept coming back at us.

“I think Erik’s (Hoffstadt) goal gave us an opportunity to catch out breath a little bit and regroup.”

Seven different player provided goals for the Mids, anchored by sophomore attackman Tucker Hull’s (Charlotte, N.C.) ninth-career hat trick and fifth of the year.  Hull put together his third eight-point performance of the year with five assists to go along with his three goals.  With 40 points on 20 goals and 20 assists, Hull has already scored more points than he did as a freshman (38).

“Honestly, the other players make me look good,” said Hull, who is the nation’s No. 2 scorer, averaging better than five points per game.  “My teammates are working to get open all of the time and I just happen to be the one with the ball in my stick.”

Reynolds, Kiernan, Hoffstadt and senior midfielder Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) scored two goals apiece, while Sampson and sophomore attack Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) each got into the scoring column.

Wickham put together one of his strongest days in goal with a season-best 16-save performance, while giving up seven goals to the Crusaders.  With the 16 saves, Wickham became just the eighth goalkeeper in the program’s 105-year history to reach the 400-save milestone.  Ironically, he is the first Navy keeper since Mickey Jarboe, the Mids’ current goalkeeper coach, achieved the feat in 2000, stopping 701 shots over his four-year career.

Meanwhile, Navy continued to be riddled at the faceoff x, as senior Logan West (Berlin, Md.) managed just two wins in 11 attempts.  Junior Evan McGoogan (Cranberry Township, Pa.), however, came on to find some success getting the ball to his wings, as he was credited with wins on eight of his 13 draws.

The Midshipmen will be back in action next Saturday when they make the trip North to Hamilton, N.Y. to battle 17th-ranked Colgate, who is off to a 7-1 start including a 1-0 mark in Patriot League play.  Faceoff is slated for 2:00 pm  at Andy Kerr Stadium.

“We are in the same situation we were in last year (a three-game winning streak going into the Colgate game),” added Hull.  “It’s going to be tough moving forward with the schedule that we play, but we can’t have last year.  We want to win.”

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Stevenson Tops York to Open CAC Play

Posted on 14 March 2012 by WNST Staff

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.

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Navy Wins Patriot League Battle Over Lafayette

Posted on 10 March 2012 by WNST Staff

EASTON, Pa. — Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) punched in three goals and dealt out five assists to lead the Navy men’s lacrosse team (2-3, 1-1 Patriot League) to a 12-7 victory over Patriot League foe Lafayette (2-3, 0-1 PL) Saturday afternoon at Rappolt Field in Easton, Pa. A strong offensive display by the Mids which featured goals by eight different players helped Navy snap a three-game skid and give it its first conference win of the season.

Navy is the first team to score double digits against the Leopards this season as Lafayette came into the game ranked third nationally in scoring defense, giving up just 6.50 per game.

“It feels awfully good to get back in the win column,” said first-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “We came into the game committed to playing a second midfield and go a little deeper at attack and defense and I was thrilled to see it play out as it did.  We received some solid contributions from a good number of players today.

“We made no bones about it, we felt like today’s game was critical,” added Sowell.  “Having lost three in a row, we needed to get this win especially with such a big stretch coming up this week with games against Towson and Holy Cross.  We are taking it a game at a time, but we needed this win in the worst way and I was proud of the guys for stepping up and getting it done.”

Sophomore midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) put the Midshipmen on the scoreboard first, taking a Jordan Seivold (Tampa, Fla.) pass and sticking it past Lafayette keeper Andrijko Andrusko from seven yards out at the 11:13 mark in the first.  Lafayette, however, answered with back-to-back goals just 46 seconds apart, taking a 2-1 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the opening period.  The Mids evened the score at two all when Hull fed rookie Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) who put a nice move on his defender at the crease, scoring his first goal in a Navy uniform.

The Mids took the lead at 3-2 when Hull once again found Voumard open for a three-yard beauty up the middle at the 12:38 mark in the second.  The Leopards, though, tied the game right back up a minute later when Doug Prusoff used a roll dodge to get free of Navy short stick midfielder Jay Mann (Cockeysville, Md.), creating enough space for the unassisted goal.

Navy took the lead for good when pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) intercepted a Lafayette pass and threw an outlet pass the length of the field to senior co-captain Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.) who immediately found sophomore attackman Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) on the crease.  it marked Heneveld’s first goal of the season and gave the Mids a 4-3 lead with 5:38 to go.

The Mids went on the score two goals in the final minute of the first half with Bryce Dabbs (Damascus, Md.) sending a worm burner up the middle from 8 yards out off an assist from Hull.  Following an RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) save with 15 seconds left, Wickham got his outlet pass to Kiernan who again sent a long pass down field to sophomore Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.).  Jones quickly fed Hull who was standing on the crease to give the Midshipmen a 6-3 lead at the half.

Navy wasted little time in adding to their lead, as co-captain Logan West (Berlin, Md.) won the opening draw of the second half and got the ball to Hull.  Hull dealt the assist to Kiernan, the trail man, who fired in his second goal of the season.

The Leopards weren’t giving up, however, as Lafayette scored the next two goals, including an extra-man strike with 4:25 to play in the quarter, to cut the lead back to two at 7-5.

The Mids, who have struggled in the fourth quarter this season, made a statement by scoring four goals in just over three minutes to open the final stanza and salt away the game.  Hull played a huge role in the run, scoring two goals and adding an assist on a third.  Had senior middie Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) not dodged his defenseman to get free, Hull would have been credited with a second assist as he found Davis who tabbed his second goal of the year.

Hull, who produced his fourth hat trick of the season, led all scorers with his eight-point performance.  His five assists not only go down as a career high, it also marked the most assists by a Navy player since Andy Warner distributed six in last year’s win over Towson.  Voumard and Kiernan finished the game with two goals apiece, while Bryce Dabbs (Damascus, Md.), Davis, Reynolds, Durkin and Heneveld also chipped in goals for the Mids.

Kiernan played one of the best games of his young career.  While he notched a pair of goals, defensively he caused four Lafayette turnovers and picked up five ground balls.

“Pat makes a huge impact in the game for us,” said Sowell.  “We definitely felt it when he went out with his broken hand.  It took him a few weeks to get back into it, but to have him back in game shape mades a big, big difference for us.  It’s definitely good to have him on our side!”

Junior close defenseman Austin Miller (North Bethesda, Md.) turned in a pair of takeaways and picked up three ground balls.  Meanwhile, Wickham surrendered seven goals while making 11 saves in goal.

Lafayette was led by Prusoff, Colin Serling and Will Heffernan who scored two goals apiece, while Andrusko and Jake Hyatt split time in goal where the tandem made a combined six saves and each gave up six goals.

The Midshipmen will be back in action on Tuesday when they make the short trip to Towson, Md. to face the Tigers of Towson at 7:30 pm.  The game will be carried live by AM1570 WNST.net.

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Stevenson Crushed Widener To Remain Unbeaten

Posted on 07 March 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – A total of 10 different players scored for the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team, led by four points from freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) as the No. 4 ranked Mustangs remained unbeaten in four games this season with an 11-3 victory over future MAC rival Widener Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (4-0) won its 14th-straight regular-season home game dating back to the 2010 season while tying a season-high with 11 goals.

The Mustangs totaled a season-high 51 shots, outshooting the Pride 51-21 while winning 13-of-17 faceoffs, led by senior Doug Reidt (Towson, Md./Hereford) who was 10-for-12. He also had a career-high eight ground balls.

Defensively, Stevenson forced 24 turnovers while holding Widener to just three goals. Through four games, the Mustangs have allowed just 18 goals for an average of only 4.5 per game. The defense has not allowed more than six goals in a game this season and is currently ranked 16th in Division III in scoring defense.

Banick finished with three assists to increase his team-lead to nine. He also leads the team in points this season with 14.

Freshman Billy Burgoyne (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) posted the first multi-point game of his career with two goals and one assist while senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored his first points since he netted a goal in a 10-6 win over Salisbury
on Apr. 24, 2010. He finished with one goal and one assist.

After a goal by Michael Bassani gave the Pride (0-4) a 1-0 lead with three seconds left in the first quarter, Stevenson scored the next 11 to take an 11-1 lead with 10:00 remaining in the fourth.

Widener was whistled for nine penalties totaling 8:30 leading to two extra-man goals for the Mustangs. Bassani had two goals to lead the Pride while Bobby Schluter made 17 saves.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) had 10 saves for Stevenson while sophomore and 2011 CAC Rookie of the Year Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville, Md./Boys’ Latin) had three caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Stevenson faces the second of six top-20 opponents on its 2012 schedule Saturday when it travels to No. 9 Lynchburg. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. The Mustangs are 1-0 against ranked teams this season following an 11-5 victory over No. 17 Haverford on February 18.

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Bucknell Tops Navy in Patriot League Opener

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Anchored by senior attackman Billy Eisenreich’s seven-point performance, the Bucknell men’s lacrosse team picked up a 14-9 victory over the host Midshipmen Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in what was both teams’ Patriot League opener.

The two teams went toe-to-toe in the opening quarter with the Bison holding a one-goal, 4-3 edge after the first 15 minutes.  Navy closed out the first quarter with a perfectly executed Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.)-to-Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) goal.  The Mids used that momentum to propel them into the second quarter where just 14 seconds had elapsed before Hull wrapped around the left side of the goal and tucked his shot up in the right corner to tie things up.

Bucknell, however, would hold Navy scoreless for the remainder of the half, while the Bison scored four-straight goals to take an 8-4 lead into the half.  During that streak, Eisenreich scored one and aided on two other scores for Bucknell.

The Mids came out swinging in the second half, however, scoring three-straight goals in 45 seconds.  Hull beat First-Team All-Patriot League defenseman Mike Huffner twice on back-to-back goals, the first at 13:47 and the second at 13:37 when rookie short stick defensive midfielder Brendan Gaine (Bay Shore, N.Y.) fed Hull off an outlet following the faceoff win.  Navy closed to within one when senior midfielder Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) cut up the middle and was the recipient of a perfect Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.) pass, sticking the shot past All-Patriot League keeper Kyle Feeney for his first goal of the year.

Senior Logan West (Berlin, Md.), who struggled mightily a week prior against North Carolina, came up with one of his 19 wins on the day, but immediately turned the ball over.  That was followed by an illegal body check by junior defensive middie Jay Mann (Cockeysville, Md.) which led to an extra-man goal by Bison midfielder Peter Burke.  The Burke score would be the first of four-straight by the Bison, as the Mids were held scoreless for the final 13:02 of the third quarter.

“I think they were aided by mistakes on our part,” said first-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “It certainly was not good timing to give up a penalty, but we had the faceoff won and then turned it over.  We only compounded that with the penalty.  We just made some uncharacteristic mistakes along the way today.”

Midway through the final quarter, the Mids took advantage of an unreleasable unsportsmanlike penalty on Bucknell rookie David Dickson, scoring back-to-back extra-man goals to cut the lead to three at 12-9.  Reynolds fed sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt (Dover, Del.) for a long 10-yard shot from the right side, while 26 seconds later Hull found junior middie Bryce Dabbs (Damascus, Md.) for another long shot from the opposite side of the field.

Navy was unable to keep the momentum, however, as Bucknell scored the final two goals of the games, including a goal with 43.9 seconds left following an unbelievable four flags called on one possession that left the Mids down three men at one point of the extra-man possession.

Perhaps the key stat of the day was Navy’s 25 turnovers, a stat Sowell was baffled by.

“I can’t (explain it),” said Sowell, whose Navy team came into the game averaging the 13th-fewest turnovers per game at 14.67.  “This was a game of mistakes, we made too many.  Decent, good teams have 12 to 13 turnovers in a game and we had 11 at the half.  Why, I don’t why, but we will go back to the drawing board and figure out what led to so many mistakes.  We have a tough Lafayette team to play next week.”

Six different players accounted for Navy’s nine goals, including Hull who paced the team with his third hat trick of the season with three goals and a pair of assists.  Meanwhile, Jones pushed his point-scoring streak to eight-straight games after delivering a pair of goals, while Reynolds pitched in a goal and three assists.

After winning just one faceoff a week ago, West won 19 of his 27 draws (70.4) and scooped up a career-high 14 ground balls.

Defensively senior RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) made seven saves and while he gave up 14 goals, he was left one-on-one against the goal scorer on at least six occasions.

Eisenreich led all scorers in the game with two goals and five assists, while Bucknell junior Chase Bailey put up three goals and Burke dealt out two assists to match his two goals.  Feeney turned away eight shots and gave up all nine Navy goals.

It’s the second-straight year Navy has lost its conference opener, losing in similar fashion a year ago to Lehigh, 14-10, on the road.

The 14 goals by Bucknell were the most scored by the Bison in the 12-game history (previously 12 in last year’s double-overtime win), while the five-goal difference marked the largest margin of victory by either team in the series since Navy scored an 11-5 win over the Bison on March 13, 2004.

The Midshipmen will be back in action next Saturday when they travel to Lafayette to face the Leopards at 12:00 pm.  As a reminder, due to the lack of a press box, there will not be a radio broadcast from Easton, Pa.

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