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Stevenson crushes Otterbein to open NCAA Tournament

Posted on 08 May 2014 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse junior Tony Rossi totaled seven points with five goals, both career-highs, while the No. 3-ranked Mustangs outscored Otterbein 11-0 in the second half en route to an 18-4 victory Wednesday night at Mustang Stadium in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

Stevenson (18-2) improved its all-time NCAA tournament record to 14-4, including 8-0 at Mustang Stadium.

Rossi’s seven points are the most in the Mustangs’s NCAA tournament history, equaling the mark set by Steve Kazimer when he had two goals and five assists in a 19-9 victory over Cabrini in the second round on May 15, 2010.

As a team, Stevenson’s 18 goals were the second-most in its 18-game NCAA tournament history while its four goals given up were the
second-fewest after the team allowed just two in a 13-2 victory over Birmingham-Southern in last year’s first round.

Reigning Commonwealth Conference Offensive Player of the Year, sophomore Stephen Banick, opened the scoring only 15 seconds into the game before the Cardinals answered with back-to-back tallies just 18 seconds apart, both involving leading scorer Mikey O’Neal, to take a 2-1 advantage with 11:29 remaining in the first quarter.

A total of 10 different Mustangs scored at least one goal, including five during a 5-0 run that saw them take a 6-2 lead with 12:35 to play
in the second following Rossi’s first of the game.

Otterbein (12-5) once again responded with back-to-back goals to pull within two before two-straight goals by Rossi sparked a 12-0 run for Stevenson to end the game over the final 36:55.

Banick, senior Glen Tompkins and freshman Tyler Fuhrman each finished with three points as the Mustangs’ starting attack and midfield lines combined for 12 goals and 20 points.

Defensively, sophomore Dimitri Pecunes won his sixth-straight start in an NCAA tournament game, improving his record to 6-0 after making eight saves. Senior Kyle Holechek totaled four caused turnovers and three ground balls while sophomore Callum Robinson added three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Senior Brent Hiken won 16-of-20 face-offs to lead Stevenson who won 18-of-26. In six NCAA tournament games, he has won 76-of-110 face-offs for 69.1 percent.

Mike Sullivan finished with two goals while O’Neal added a goal and one assist. James Gundling made 23 saves.

Stevenson will host fifth-ranked Cabrini on Saturday in the second round. Face-off is at 7:00 p.m. The Cavaliers lead the all-time series
11-6, but the Mustangs have won all three NCAA tournament meetings, all of which have come at home.

Stevenson won the last meeting between the two teams, 13-8 on May 14, 2011 in the second round at Caves Athletics Complex. Saturday will mark the fist meeting between the two at Mustang Stadium.

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Stevenson opens title defense against Otterbein

Posted on 05 May 2014 by WNST Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The defending NCAA national champion Stevenson men’s lacrosse team will begin defense of its 2013 title on Wednesday, May 7 when the third-ranked Mustangs host Otterbein in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship at Mustang Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Stevenson (17-2) is making its sixth-straight appeareance in the NCAA tournament and is 13-4 all-time with a record of 7-0 at Mustang
Stadium. The team is 2-0 in the first round, posting an 18-6 win over Christopher Newport in 2013 and a 13-2 victory versus
Birmingham-Southern in 2012.

The Mustangs, who won the first school’s national championship a year ago with a 16-14 victory over RIT at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, have also advanced to the national semifinals four times since 2009.

Led by Most Valuable Player Brent Hiken who won 19-of-22 face-offs and totaled 19 ground balls, Stevenson won its second-straight
Commonwealth Conference championship with an 11-10 victory Saturday night at Mustang Stadium. The Mustangs boasted 14 All-Commonwealth Conference selections this season, including the Offensive Player of the Year, sophomore Stephen Banick.

Otterbein (12-4) is making its second-straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship after winning the inaugural Ohio Athletic Conference championship on Saturday with a 13-8 victory over John Carroll. The Cardinals received an at-large bid to the 30-team field.

Otterbein, who suffered a first round loss at Adrian in the first round a year ago, are led by senior Mikey O’Neal who leads the team
with 62 points this season, including a team-best 46 assists.

Should Stevenson advance, it will face a familiar opponent in the second round in either former President’s Athletic Conference rival
Cabrini or former Capital Athletic Conference foe Mary Washington on Saturday, May 10 at Mustang Stadium.

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