Mustangs Post Convincing 19-3 Win in Commonwealth Conference Debut
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - A total of 13 players had at least one point, including 12 different goal scorers, as the No. 2-ranked Stevenson men's lacrosse team posted a convincing 19-3 victory over Elizabethtown Saturday at Wolf Field in the Mustangs' first game in the Commonwealth Conference.
Stevenson (6-0), who was picked to win the Commonwealth Conference championship this year, posted its highest-goal total and margin of victory since Mar. 28, 2012 when it defeated Wesley on the road in a Capital Athletic Conference contest by the same 19-3 margin.
The Mustangs led 7-0 after the first quarter and 15-1 at the half. The team's eight goals in the second quarter were the most since it had nine in the first quarter of a 17-4 victory at Frostburg State on Apr. 18, 2012.
Meanwhile, Stevenson's 14 consecutive goals to start the game were the most since it scored the first 16 in a 19-3 victory at York (Pa.) on Apr. 12, 2011.
Senior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) and sophomore Mark Pannenton (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) each scored three first-half goals while Reid added a second quarter assist to finish with four points.
In the first quarter, junior Glen Tompkins (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) and sophomore Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Human Services) scored just 10 seconds apart as the Mustangs led 3-0 just 3:57 into the game.
Wyatt won 12-of-15 faceoffs to raise his winning percentage to 67.6 percent this season. He also picked up seven ground balls to increase his team-leading total to 47.
Later in the quarter, Reid and senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) scored a mere 11 seconds apart to push the lead to 6-0 with 5:57 left before Pannenton and Rossi netted a pair in just 12 seconds to increase the advantage to 14-0.
Tucker Keefer finally got the Blue Jays (3-1, 0-1 MAC) on the board with 2:33 to play in the second quarter, but junior Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) scored 14 seconds later to give Stevenson a 14-goal halftime lead.
Dashiell and sophomore Michael Crowe (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) each finished with three points on two goals and one assist.
The second half was highlighted by the first career goals for senior Dixon Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford) and freshman Matt Stango (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) as well as the first tally for senior Danny Schanne (Dayton, Md./River Hill) since the 2011 season.
Four of Stevenson's six goalies on the roster saw action, headlined by freshman Dimitri Pecunes (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) who needed to make just two saves to improve his record to 6-0. Junior Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville, Md./Boys' Latin) helped bolster a defensive effort that limited Elizabethtown to just three goals and 16 shots by totaling four caused turnovers.
The Mustangs were whistled for just two penalties compared to eight for the Blue Jays. Stevenson was 3-for-8 with the man-advantage.
Keefer, Derek Kline and Russ LeClaire each scored for Elizabethtown while Chris Wenger was credited with 10 saves.
Stevenson will have just two days prepare itself for its next contest as it hosts No. 11 Tufts at Mustang Stadium on Tuesday beginning at 7:00 p.m.