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Stevenson tops Cabrini in second round of NCAA Tournament

Posted on 11 May 2014 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Chris Dashiell totaled six points, including five assists while sophomore Callum Robinson held the nation’s leading scorer to just one assist as the No. 3 Mustangs downed No. 7 Cabrini 15-9 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship Saturday at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (19-2), who improved its NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship winning streak to seven, remained unbeaten in 10 NCAA tournament games at Mustang Stadium. The Mustangs have also won all four NCAA tournament meetings versus Cabrini.

With five assists, Dashiell tied the Stevenson NCAA tournament record held by Steve Kazimer who had five in a 19-9 victory over Cabrini on May 15, 2010. In 13 games in the NCAA tournament, Dashiell has totaled 32 points with 14 goals and 18 assists.

Dashiell tied his NCAA tournament high with six points, equaling the mark he had in an 18-6 win against Christopher Newport on May 8, 2013.

Meanwhile, Robinson had a goal, five ground balls and two caused turnovers, but his main contribution came in holding Corey Elmer, the leading scorer in Division III with 115 points, to just one assist.

In addition, Damian Sobieski, Cabrini’s leading goal scorer with 73, was held scoreless until the 2:20 mark of the third quarter with
Stevenson holding its largest lead of the game, 12-3.

The Mustangs held the Cavaliers to their lowest goal total of the season despite being outshot in three of the game’s four quarters,
including 25-16 in the first and third. Stevenson was also limited to just 1-for-12 on extra-man opoortunities.

Junior Josh Rufolo had three ground balls and three caused turnovers while senior Kyle Holechek had four ground balls and two caused

After scoring five goals in Wednesday’s 18-4 win over Otterbein in the first round, junior Tony Rossi added four more on Saturday and now has 14 goals and 16 points in four career NCAA tournament games.

Senior Brent Hiken won 13-of-20 face-offs and totaled 11 ground balls while sophomore Dimitri Pecunes made 13 saves, two shy of his NCAA tournament high set versus RIT in the 2013 national championship game. Pecunes is now unbeaten in seven career starts in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

Sobieski finished with four goals for Cabrini (17-2) while Mike Leyden and Evan Downey each had two goals and one assist. Hank Altschuler had seven saves in just under 50 minutes while Austin Marshall, who got the start, had four.

For the second-straight season, Stevenson will host in-state rival and sixth-ranked Washington College in the NCAA Division III Men’s
Lacrosse Championship. Wednesday’s quarterfinal contest is set for 7:00 p.m., at Mustang Stadium.

The Mustangs handed the Shoremen a 17-13 defeat a year ago in a game that featured 30 goals and 26 penalties. The game, which marked the first-ever meeting between the two teams since 2006, evened the all-time series at 5-5.

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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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Stevenson crushes Lycoming, advances to conference title game

Posted on 01 May 2014 by WNST Staff

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.

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Dashiell scores career high nine points in Stevenson win

Posted on 27 April 2014 by WNST Staff

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Chris Dashiell scored a career-high nine points with five goals and four assists as the third-ranked Mustangs outscored Lycoming 12-1 over the second and third quarters en route to a 20-7 Commonwealth Conference victory Saturday at Shangraw Complex.

Stevenson (15-2, 8-0 MAC) finished with its second unbeaten regular season in as many years in the Commonwealth Conference, improving its record to 16-0.

As a result, the Mustangs once again clinched home field advantage throughout next week’s Commonwealth Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship and will host the winner between Lycoming and Messiah in the semifinals next Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Dashiell’s five goals tied a career-high while his nine points eclipsed his previous best of seven set on Mar. 28, 2012 when he had seven with two goals and five assists in a 19-3 victory at Wesley.

Meanwhile, sophomore Stephen Banick posted a season-high six points for the fourth time this season, finishing one shy of his career-high set in his collegiate debut versus Haverford on Feb. 18, 2012. In that game, he had career-best five assists which equaled against the Warriors on Saturday.

Dashiell and Banick were two of 11 different players who had at least one point which included 10 different goal scorers. Senior Glen Tompkins and junior Billy Burgoyne each had three goals while Tompkins added an assist.

Stevenson outshot Lycoming 69-25, including 39-13 over the second and third quarters as the Mustangs broke open a 4-2 lead into a 16-3 advantage heading into the fourth. They also won 27-of-32 face-offs with sophomore Justin Buonomo winning 17-of-21 and freshman Nathan LeQuang winning 10-of-11.

Stevenson, owners of the nation’s fourth-best man-up offense, scored on 5-of-9 opportunities Saturday and are now at 50.0 percent for the season (51-for-102).

Sophomore Dimitri Pecunes made four saves in just over 40 minutes of action to earn the victory before giving way to junior Kevin Cain and sophomoreConnor Skeen.

Matt McCaffer had four goals for the Warriors (6-9, 4-4 MAC) while Sean Reilly had a goal and five assists. Alex Wylly made 22 saves.

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Stevenson opens season with win over NC Wesleyan

Posted on 07 September 2013 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – In his first collegiate game, Stevenson football freshman Trey Lee (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) rushed for 132 yards while junior Madison Townley (LaPlata, Md./LaPlata) hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass to help lift the Mustangs to a 19-9 victory over N.C. Wesleyan Friday at Mustang Stadium in front of 2,292 fans.

With the win, Stevenson (1-0) won its first season-opener in its third season in school history while improving its record to 2-1 in home openers.

Lee is the fifth different player to rush for 100 yards in school history and the third freshman. Ryan Crawley rushed for 105 yards at FDU-Florham on Oct. 29, 2011 while K.K. Smith rushed for 100 yards in seven out of 10 games last season.

After a stagnant first half in which both teams combined for just 255 yards of total offense and three points, the Mustangs tallied 10 third-quarter points to take the lead for good. Senior Charlie Cornell (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township) tied the game with a 25-yard field goal before sophomore John Gasparovic (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink) found Townley from 13 yards out with just 20 seconds remaining.

Holding a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter, the Stevenson defense held the Battling Bishops (0-1) to just 51 yards of total offense while limiting Jacques Alston to just 30 yards rushing after he totaled 134 through three quarters.

Nursing a seven-point lead with under three minutes remaining, sophomore Billy Lewis (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s) intercepted a pass from Robbie Lanier to set up Cornell’s second field goal of the game, a clinching 30-yarder with just 56 seconds to play.

Lewis finished with a team-high six tackles and one interception while junior Tim Campbell (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) and junior Moses Anoh (Clarksburg, Md./Clarksburg) also had six tackles. Anoh added half-a-sack and one tackle for loss.

The defense totaled 3.5 sacks while the offensive line, who ranked fourth in the MAC a year ago in fewest sacks allowed, did not surrender one for the fourth time in the last seven games dating back to last season. During that time, the o-line has surrendered just six sacks.

The Mustangs went in front 16-9 with 6:51 left in the fourth quarter after sophomore Jarret Bragg (Sicklerville, N.J./Camden Catholic) capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive with a 2-yard run for his first career rushing touchdown.

Gasparovic completed 10-of-21 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown while junior Anthony Reid (Philadelphia, Pa./West Catholic) totaled 84 all-purpose yards with 29 rushing, nine receiving and a 46-yard kickoff return that set-up the go-ahead touchdown from Gasparovic to Townley.

Stevenson averaged 28.7 yards per kick return which helped the team boast an average starting field position of its own 38-yard line, including its own 44 in the second half.

The Mustangs look for their third-straight win, both overall and at home, when it hosts Albright next Saturday, September 14 for a 1:00 p.m., kickoff at Mustang Stadium. The Lions, who went 8-3 a year ago and finished fourth in the MAC, edged out a 29-22 victory versus Stevenson at home a year ago after freshman Dan Sobolewski made a 47-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime.

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Stevenson coach Cantabene named DIII Coach of the Year

Posted on 22 June 2013 by WNST Staff

DENVER, Colo. – Stevenson head men’s lacrosse coach Paul Cantabene was selected as the 2013 Division III College Coach of the Year by the youth and college sports network CaptainU on Thursday. Top coaches in their respective sports and divisions were chosen for their teams’ inspiring performances both on and off the field.

“The CaptainU College Coach of the Year awards recognize the top college coaches across the country for their exceptional leadership
and accomplishments,” said Avi Stopper, CEO of CaptainU. “It’s inspiring to see the results they achieve, not just in the numbers
they put up on the scoreboard, but in their devotion to helping students develop as athletes and human beings.”

The 2013 Commonwealth Conference Coach of the Year, Cantabene led Stevenson to the first national championship in team and school
history with a 16-14 victory over RIT on May 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Mustangs finished with a school-record 22 wins and boasted 11 All-America and two Scholar All-America selections.

Cantabene, who is currently 137-37 in nine seasons as a college head coach, joins Denver head coach Bill Tierney and Mercyhurst head coach Chris Ryan who received the honors in Division I and II, respectively.

CaptainU is the largest youth and college sports network. More than half a million high school athletes, youth sports events, youth
coaches, and college coaches use CaptainU to promote themselves and their teams, and to connect with each other.

CaptainU was founded in 2008 at the University of Chicago by Avi Stopper and Michael Farb, sports devotees who had long been involved with high school and college athletics — both as athletes and coaches. By combining their love for sports with their passion for
technology, CaptainU was born.

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Ravens opening three Training Camp practices to fans again

Posted on 17 June 2013 by WNST Staff



The Baltimore Ravens’ 2013 training camp, connected by Verizon, will feature for the second-consecutive year free individual practices to be held at M&T Bank Stadium, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and Stevenson University. Additionally, by entering a lottery on the Ravens’ official website, fans in limited numbers will have the opportunity to win free tickets to training camp at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills.

The Ravens can safely host 200 people on the fields of their training center, and fans who are randomly chosen through the drawing will be invited to view one of the team’s 13 open training camp sessions at the Under Armour Performance Center. The first full-team training camp practice is July 25 and the last is Aug. 13.

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will be the site for a training camp practice on Sunday, Aug. 4. The Ravens will then practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 11. Both of these sessions are free and open to the public.

The team will round out its off-site training camp sessions at Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University on Sunday, Aug. 18. While this is a free event, due to limited seating, fans must enter a lottery on the Ravens’ website for an opportunity to win tickets.

Each of these practice venues will feature interactive fan events, including player autograph signings for children, fun-filled activities designed specifically for youth and cheerleader/mascot meet-and-greets.

Additionally, this year, fans can enter a website lottery to reserve tickets to the premiere of “America’s Game: The Super Bowl Champions.” An annual documentary series created by NFL Films profiling each season’s winning Super Bowl team, the 2012 Ravens’ feature will debut at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric in Baltimore on Aug. 27.



Beginning today (June 17), fans may enter a lottery at http://www.baltimoreravens.com/ravenstown/training-camp/index.html to attend one training camp practice at the Under Armour Performance Center or the practice held at Stevenson University. Fans may also enter to win tickets to the premiere of “America’s Game: The Super Bowl Champions.”

All lottery submissions must be made by Monday, July 1 at 5 p.m., and the Ravens will contact fans who are chosen for these practices no later than Wednesday, July 17. Details – including parking, practice day/time and procedures – will be communicated to winning recipients upon notification.



Location:                             Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, MD) – Free and Open to the Public

When:                                  Sunday, Aug. 4

Practice Start Time:        5 p.m.

Gates Open:                      3:30 p.m.

Parking:                               Lots open at 1 p.m. and are available for cold tailgating.

  • ·     $10 for cars and $25 for buses
  • ·     Parking may be purchased via www.navysports.com
  • ·     If Navy lots become full, nearby off-site locations are available with stadium shuttles.

Other Details:                   Baltimore’s Marching Ravens, cheerleaders, official mascot Poe and live mascots Rise and Conquer will be in attendance. The Ravens Team Store will be on-site, and concession stands will be open.


Location:                             M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD) – Free and Open to the Public

When:                                  Sunday, Aug. 11

Practice Start Time:        5 p.m.

Gates Open:                      3:30 p.m.

Parking:                               Stadium lots open at 1 p.m. and are available for cold tailgating. The parking fee is $10.                

Other Details:                   Baltimore’s Marching Ravens, cheerleaders, official mascot Poe and live mascots Rise and Conquer will be in attendance. The Ravens Team Store and concession stands will be open.


Location:                             Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University (Owings Mills, MD) – Free Tickets Via Lottery

When:                                  Sunday, Aug. 18

Practice Start Time:        5 p.m.

Gates Open:                      3:30 p.m.

Tickets:                                Due to limited seating, this is a ticketed event, one for which fans can sign up via lottery at


Parking:                               Parking will be provided when tickets are sent to fans.

  • ·     No tailgating

Other Details:                   The Ravens Team Store will be on-site, and concession stands will be open.


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Stevenson tops RIT for first NCAA Championship in school history

Posted on 26 May 2013 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Led by goals from six different players, the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team outscored RIT 6-1 in the fourth quarter to overcome a three-goal deficit en route to winning the title game of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship with a 16-14 victory Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Mustangs (22-2) finish the season with a school record 22 wins and on a 10-game winning streak. Stevenson is the eighth different school to win the NCAA Division III championship and the third from Maryland, joining Salisbury and Washington College.

“I want to thank everybody from Stevenson University that helped us get here,” said head coach Paul Cantabene. “President Manning, Tim Campbell, Brett Adams and everybody who put everything on for this weekend.”

“It’s an unbelievable community of people and what they do to help us get here and the logistics, it’s just a real special place. I feel
like I’m one of the luckiest guys in the world to have the best job in the world so I just can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done.”

Sophomore Mark Pannenton (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) was named Most Outstanding Player after scoring five goals against the Tigers, his third, five-goal game of the season. He became just the third player in program history to score 60 goals in a season, joining Jimmy Dailey (2011) and Neal Barthelme (2011).

With 62 goals, Pannenton is second on the Mustangs’ all-time single season list. He scored 13 goals in Stevenson’s five NCAA tournament games and scored at least one goal in each of the team’s 24 games this season.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the game’s first 5:37 and led 6-1 after the first quarter. In 24 games this season, Stevenson
outscored its opponents, 131-34.

However, RIT (19-3) responded by outscoring the Mustangs 12-4 over the second and third quarter and took its first lead of the game at 10-9 on a man-up goal by Eddie Kiesa with 9:54 remaining in the third.

The goal, which was during a one-minute, unreleaseable, 6-on-4 man-advantage for the Tigers, was the last of four man-up goals for RIT who were 4-10 on extra-man opportunities in the game. The Tigers entered the game with the best man-up offense in Division III this season.

Stevenson was whistled for 11 pentalties totaling 8:30 and committed six face-off violations which led to three man-up opportunities for
the Tigers.

After Kyle Aquin gave RIT a 13-10 lead at the end of the third quarter, the Mustangs outscored the Tigers 6-1 just like they did in
the first, netting the first four of the fourth quarter just 57 seconds apart before sophomore Pat Candon (Long Beach, N.Y./Holy Trinity) scored the game-winner with 11:31 left.

“I think that’s one of the things that this team does, they concede the loss,” said Cantabene. “They could have gave up at 13-10. They
never concede anything. Alright, you got us, but I’m going to make the next play. We’re going to make the next thing. That’s kind of how we go about it.”

Aquin tied the NCAA Division III championship game record by scoring seven goals on Sunday, equaling the mark set by Salisbury’s Sam Bradman in 2011. In two games against Stevenson this year, he scored 11 of the Tigers’ 25 goals.

Senior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) finished with a goal and three assists for the Mustangs and finished his three-year career
ranked fifth in school history with 162 points and third with 123 goals. He scored a school record 29 goals in 11 NCAA tournament games.

The Mustangs were outshot for the first time this season, 43-42, and for just the 25th time in nine seasons under Cantabene.

Both teams and lacrosse fans will not have to wait long for the rematch between RIT and Stevenson.

“It’s not going to take us long to see them again because we open the season with them next year,” said Cantabene. “That’ll be pretty

Stevenson and RIT are scheduled to write the fourth chapter in what is an increasingly exciting rivalry on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

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Stevenson battles RIT Sunday for DIII lacrosse crown

Posted on 25 May 2013 by WNST Staff

ROCHESTER, NY – For the first time in the 46-year history of RIT men’s lacrosse, the Tigers will play for a NCAA Division III National Championship. RIT will face Stevenson University on Sunday, May 26 at 4 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship. It is the first trip to the NCAA Championship game for both squads.

RIT advanced to the championship with a thrilling 10-9 overtime win over top-seeded and previously undefeated SUNY Cortland in the semifinals Sunday. Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) and Taylor Wisman(Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) worked the Hidden ball trick play to perfection, with Warren scoring the game-winner into an open net with 1:55 to play in overtime to send the Tigers to their first championship game. Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin)Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) and Eddie Kiesa (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt) each had two goals for the Tigers, while Wisman dished out three assists. Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) was dominant once again at the face-off “X”, winning 15 of 21 draws, grabbing eight ground balls and scoring a goal. Pat Johnston (Norwell, MA/Norwell) picked up his 19th win of the season, making 10 saves.

RIT opened the tournament with a 22-13 win over Cabrini in the second round, then ousted Tufts 14-5 in the quarterfinals, before Sunday’s dramatic win in the semifinals. RIT has outscored its opponents 46-27 in three NCAA Tournament games this season.

The Mustangs advanced to their first-ever title game with a 12-6 win over Salisbury University in the semifinals on Sunday. Stevenson jumped out to a 5-1 first quarter lead and never looked back. Chris Dashiell and Tyler Reid each scored three goals for the Mustangs, while Dimitri Pecunes picked up the win in net, making 13 saves. Prior to Sunday, Stevenson was winless in three previous trips to the semifinals, including 0-2 versus Salisbury.

RIT comes into the title game riding a 13-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 201-97 in that stretch. The Tigers knocked off No. 5 Cabrini, No. 6 Tufts and No. 1 Cortland en route to the title game versus Stevenson who was ranked fourth in the final USILA Division III poll. Stevenson comes in with a 10-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 166-68 during that time.

RIT comes into Sunday ninth in Division III in scoring, averaging 14.68 goals per game. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 307-152 this season and are one goal shy of tying the record for most goals in a season, set in 2011. The Tigers have scored 10 or more goals in 18 of 21 games, and the man-up unit is tops in all of Division III, converting 42 of 74 (56.8%) chances on the season.

RIT features eight with 20 or more points, five with at least 55 or more points and two players with 70 or more points on the season. Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin), a USILA first team All-American, leads the team in scoring with 78 points on 51 goals and 27 assists. Krzyston, the 2013 Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year, has scored at least one point in 20 of 21 games this season, including two goals versus Cortland. Kiesa is second on the team in scoring with 71 points on 41 goals and 30 assists, while Aquin is third with 68 points on 58 goals and 10 assists. Aquin’s 58 goals is tied with Marc Heagney for fifth most in a season at RIT. Warren (36g, 22a), and Wisman (27g, 31a) are tied for fourth with 58 points apiece.

Defensively, RIT is 23rd in Division III, allowing 7.24 goals per game. Johnston, the 2013 Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year and second team All-American, is 19-2 on the season. He is 16th in Divison III with a 6.78 goals against average, and fifth nationally with a .652 save percentage. Senior defenseman and first team All-American Elliott Cowburn(Oakville, ON/Holy Trinity) leads the Tigers with 27 caused turnovers, while grabbing 68 ground balls, and freshman Matt Hossack (Port Perry, Ontario/Port Perry) has 17 caused turnovers and 47 ground balls.

Brooks-Lambert has been impressive at the face-off “X”, winning 64.1 percent of his face-offs to go along with 117 ground balls. In three NCAA Tournament games, Brooks-Lambert has won 45 of 68 (66.1%) face-offs and has 30 ground balls for the Tigers.

Stevenson comes into the championship game fifth in Division III in scoring, averaging 15.52 goals per game and has outscored its opponents 357-157 this season.  The Mustangs have scored 10 or more goals in 20 of 23 games this season, while the man-up unit has scored on 41 of 133 (30.8%) of their opportunities this season.

Stevenson features eight players with 40 or more points, and three players with 60 or more points, led by Dashiell who has 85 points on 32 goals and 53 assists. Tyler Reid is second in scoring with 66 points on 51 goals and 15 assists, while Mark Pannenton is third in scoring with 64 points on 57 goals and seven assists. Peter Green is fourth with 51 points (36g, 15a) and Pat Candon is fifth with 48 points (21g, 27a).

Defensively, Stevenson is 17th in Division III, allowing 6.83 goals per game and has held its opponents to fewer than 10 goals in 18 of 23 games. Pecunes, a freshman, has seen the majority of the minutes in net this season for the Mustangs, posting a 17-1 record with a 7.21 goals against average and .577 save percentage. Callum Robinson leads the team with 33 caused turnovers and has 70 ground balls. Sam Wyatt and Brent Hiken have taken the bulk of the face-offs. Hiken is fourth in Division III winning 71.7 percent of his draws, while Wyatt is seventh at 67.7 percent.

RIT is 14-14 all time in 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, including an 8-3 mark since 2010. Overall, RIT is 68-12 since the start of the 2010 season.

Sunday’s game will be a re-match of an overtime thriller back on February 27 that Stevenson won 11-10. Pannenton scored the game winner with 1:49 to play in the overtime. RIT trailed 11-9 with 2:48 to play in regulation, before consecutive goals from Kyle Sterzin (Fairport, NY/Fairport) and Wisman tied the game at 11-11. Aquin led RIT with four goals, while Sterzin had three points on two goals and an assist. Johnston took the loss, making 12 saves. Pannenton finished with four goals, including the game winner for Stevenson. Michael Crowe, Billy Burgoyne and Matt Tompkins each had two goals for the Mustangs, while Pecunes got the win in net, making 11 saves.

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