OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse sophomore and Commonwealth Conference Offensive Player of the Year Stephen Banick totaled six points as the No. 3 Mustangs defeated Lycoming 24-5 Thursday at Mustang Stadium in the semifinals of the 2014 Commonwealth Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship.
Stevenson (16-2) advances to its second-straight Commonwealth Conference championship game and its seventh overall after appearing in five Capital Athletic Conference title games from 2008-12.
A total of 15 players scored at least one goal for the Mustangs who scored 20 or more goals for the second-straight game and the third
time this season. Junior Billy Burgoyne scored a career-high five goals and finished one point shy of his career-high set versus
Albright on Apr. 13, 2013.
For Banick, he totaled six points for the third-straight game and for the fifth time this season. He also had six points with one goal and
five assists in last Saturday’s 20-7 victory at Lycoming.
Burgoyne and Banick combined to score five of the team’s first six goals with Burgoyne netting the game-winner with 13:14 remaining in
the second quarter. Banick accounted for four of the first five goals with two goals and two assists.
Stevenson led 12-2 at the half after outshooting the Warriors, 49-11. At the half, Lycoming’s Alex Wylly, who left the game due to injury in the third quarter, had made 17 of his 19 saves, including nine in the opening quarter.
The Mustangs totaled at least 80 shots for the third time this season while winning 29-of-33 face-offs, totaling 13 caused turnovers and
limiting the Warriors to just 17-for-35 on clears. Stevenson also held a 66-26 edge in ground balls.
Senior Glen Tompkins added three goals and one assist while freshman Tyler Fuhrman had two goals and two assists. Senior Chris Dashiell and sophomore Joe Balestrieri each added three points.
Matt McCaffer led Lycoming (7-10) with three goals while Sean Brown stopped six shots over the final 24:08 in relief of Wylly.
The Mustangs will be looking for their third conference championship since 2010 when they play the winner between Albright and Widener Saturday at Mustang Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. As of 9:24 p.m., Thursday night, Albright led Widener 7-4 early in the third quarter before the game was halted due to lightning.