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Salisbury, Stevenson, Goucher, Washington College in same region of DIII Tourney

Posted on 06 May 2012 by WNST Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Stevenson men’s lacrosse team will be making its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship as the fourth-ranked Mustangs will host Birmingham-Southern at Mustang Stadium in the first round on Wednesday, May 8. Game time will be announced on Monday.

Stevenson (15-4) finished the regular season with at least 15 wins for the fourth-straight year and is 5-3 in the NCAA tournament. The team has advanced to the national semifinals in two of its three previous appearances, but has never played a first round contest.

Meanwhile, Birmingham-Southern (14-4) is making the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse
Championship after capturing its first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title. The Panthers, who are located in Birmingham,
Alabama, defeated Colorado College 8-5 in the SCAC championship game on April 29.

Wednesday will mark the first-ever meeting between the Mustangs and Panthers.

Tickets for Wednesday’s first round are $7.00 and will be available beginning Monday, May 7 in the University Store adjacent to the Owings Mills campus. Live stats, video and audio of the game will be available at GoMutangSports.com.

The winner between Stevenson and Birmingham-Southern will advance to the second round on Saturday, May 12 to face the winner between Gettysburg and Ohio Wesleyan.

The quarterfinals will be on Wednesday, May 16 with the semifinals on Sunday, May 20. The Division III national championship game will be played on Sunday, May 27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Ohio Wesleyan is one of seven opponents from Stevenson’s 2012 schedule that were selected to the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Four of those opponents, SUNY Cortland, Tufts, Salisbury and Lynchburg, all received first round byes as the top two seeds in the North and South regions. The other two teams are Western New England and Denison.

The Mustangs posted a 4-3 record against those seven opponents with wins against Tufts, Western New England, Denison and Ohio Wesleyan.

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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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Stevenson Drops CAC Championship Game to Salisbury

Posted on 28 April 2012 by WNST Staff

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team is the Capital Athletic Conference champion for the 17th time after defeating No. 4 Stevenson University 12-9 on Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium.

The contest was the final CAC tournament meeting between the two programs as Stevenson is moving to the Middle Atlantic Conference after this season. The Sea Gulls have won 17-of-18 conference titles since joining the CAC.

Salisbury got on the scoreboard first as senior attackman Matt Cannone netted a pass from senior attackman Erik Krum. Cannone led the team with seven points and six assists in the game. The Mustangs took the lead back with two goals, including one from their leading scorer midfielder Justin Lea who scored three in the game.

The Sea Gulls regained the advantage with a six-goal run that lasted from 7:57 left in the first quarter until 5:31 in the second quarter. Senior midfielder Cory Nowak, the team leader with four goals in the game, tallied three of his scores during the run.

After taking a 7-2 lead in the second quarter, the Sea Gull offense sputtered and Stevenson ripped off four-straight goals to cut the Gulls’ lead to 7-6 at halftime.

At the half, Salisbury was outshot by the Mustangs 18-15 but had the advantage on faceoffs and clears by winning 9-of-15 at the X and was successful on 7-of-9 clears.

Senior midfielder Sam Bradman netted all three of his goals in the second half to keep the Sea Gulls on top of the Mustangs for the remainder of the game.

Krum started the third quarter with his third goal of the game, and with that goal, he moved past former Sea Gull Matt Hickman as the No. 10 all-time career goal scorer with 143.

Salisbury took a 10-8 lead into the final quarter, and two goals from Bradman capped off the win for the Gulls.

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor picked up the victory playing the entire game in the cage and making seven saves.

Salisbury will next be in action in the NCAA tournament. The field for the tournament will be announced next week.

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Stevenson Tops St. Mary’s to Advance to CAC Championship Game

Posted on 25 April 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson junior attack Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) netted a hat trick, and scored the eventual game-winning goal with 7:46 remaining, as the fourth-ranked Mustangs advanced to the title game of the CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship, 10-8, Wednesday night at Mustang Stadium.

Tonight’s victory sets up the 10th meeting between Stevenson and Salisbury in the last four seasons and the final time the two schools
will meet in the CAC Championship as Stevenson departs for the Middle Atlantic Conference.

The two teams have met in the Championship every season the Mustangs have been a member of the CAC except 2007, when they were ousted by the Seahawks, 8-7, in the semifinals.

Stevenson (14-3) would extend their lead to the largest of the game at 7-2 on an unassisted tally by senior midfielder Kenny Whittaker
(Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) with 6:07 left in the third quarter.

The Seahawks (10-6) would score six of the next seven goals over the next 11:40 to knot the game at 8-8 after being held scoreless for over 28 minutes.

An otherwise statistically even game, both teams fired off 28 shots, while Stevenson held a slight edge in ground balls, 31-27.  St. Mary’s
(Md.) held more than a 2-to-1 edge in faceoffs and capitalized on both extra-man opportunities.  The Seahawks turned the ball over 23 times, four more than the Mustangs, including a critical turnover by Justin Harty with 1:00 remaining, that sealed the victory for Stevenson.

Senior goalkeeper Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) made six saves, while his counterpart Stu Wheeler made nine.

The CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be held at Salisbury on Saturday.  Opening face-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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Stevenson Routs Frostburg State on Senior Night

Posted on 18 April 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) finished with five points on three goals and two assists while senior Doug Reidt (Towson, Md./Herford) won 8-of-8 face-offs as the fourth-ranked Mustangs posted a 17-4 victory over Frostburg State Wednesday at Mustang Stadium on Senior Night.

With the win, the Mustangs (13-3, 7-1 CAC) secured the No. 2-seed and a first-round bye in the 2012 CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship which begins this Saturday. As a result, Stevenson will host a semifinal contest next Wednesday, April 25.

The first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game as the Mustangs outscored the Bobcats 9-1 while winning 9-of-11 face-offs and
holding a 15-3 advantage in shots. Eight different players scored in the quarter for Stevenson, including freshman Michael Crowe (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) who scored twice.

The Mustangs led 12-3 at the half before back-to-back goals from junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) sparked a 5-0 run as they
stretched the lead to 17-3 after three.

Reid finished the game with three goals while senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) and sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) each had two goals and one assist. Junior Andrew Bishop (Lothian, Md./Southern) scored twice, netting his first two goals since he also had two on March 24 at Mary Washington.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) made three saves in his 33 minutes in goal and was one of five goalies used by Stevenson. Junior Mark Salerno (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) also had three saves while freshman Alex Hrycak (Gaithersburg,
Md./Gaithersburg) made his first career appearance.

Junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) totaled four caused turnovers and three ground balls while picking up his
second assist of the season from his defensive position.

The Mustangs held their opponent to four goals or less for the fifth time this season.

Four different players had one goal apiece for Frostburg State (2-14, 0-8 CAC) while Alex Sharrer made 12 saves.

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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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Stevenson Tops Marymount To Set Up Salisbury Showdown

Posted on 12 April 2012 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, VA. – Marymount University’s men’s lacrosse team was outlasted by fourth-ranked Stevenson in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night. The Saints trailed by just one goal midway through the third quarter before the Mustangs pulled away for the win behind a 4-1 rally down the stretch.

Danny Carson led the Saints (5-8, 2-5 CAC) with a game-high three goals while Connor Kellogg, Mike Smith and Eric Martin each added lone goals. Vince Lodato contributed a pair of assists and David Huson chipped in another.

Marymount jumped on the board first with back-to-back goals within eight seconds of each other 10 minutes into the opening frame. Carson nailed home the initial goal before Lodato won the ensuing faceoff, raced downfield, and fed Kellogg to give MU a 2-0 lead. Stevenson would rally back with consecutive goals with two minutes remaining in the quarter to knot things up at 2-2.

In the second, the Mustangs (11-2, 6-0 CAC) looked to take control with three unanswered goals to lead 5-2 with almost six minutes to play in the half. Keeping pace, Carson would hit home a pair of back-to-back goals within seconds of each other to close out the scoring in the half and cut the SU lead to just 5-4 going into the break.

Coming out of halftime, Stevenson and the Saints traded early goals to keep it a one-goal contest. The Mustangs would then close out the game on a 4-1 run to seal the victory.

Defensively, Ross Fernandez collected 12 saves in goal for the Saints in the loss. Smith added five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Nick Rossi, Justin Lea and Stephen Banick each scored two goals for Stevenson.

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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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