Strong Fourth Quarter Lifts No. 4 Mustangs to 10-6 Victory at No. 16 Widener
CHESTER, Pa. - Led by junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield), the Stevenson men's lacrosse team outplayed the nation's top-ranked scoring defense down the stretch, holding Widener scoreless over the final 16:59 as the No. 4 Mustangs posted a 10-6 victory over the 16th-ranked Pride Saturday night at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium.
With the win, Stevenson (14-2, 7-0 MAC) secured the top-seed and home field advantage throughout the 2013 Commonwealth Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship which begins with the first round on April 29.
Holechek totaled six ground balls and three caused turnovers while sophomore Kevin Cain (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) made nine saves as the Mustangs held Widener to its second-lowest goal total of the season.
Holding on to a 7-6 lead after the third quarter, Stevenson outscored the Pride 3-0 in the fourth quarter while going 1-for-2 against the nation's seventh-ranked man-down defense.
In a game that saw 18 combined penalties for a total of 16:00, the Mustangs were 2-for-6 with the man-advantage while Widener was 3-for-10. Johnny Casey scored three-straight man-up goals, including two in the third quarter, to pull the Pride within one with 1:59 remaining in the third.
However, the Mustangs got three fourth-quarter goals from two of its top-three leading goal scorers in seniors Peter Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford) and Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) to seal Stevenson's sixth win in seven road games this season.
Green led the Mustangs with three goals while sophomore Pat Candon (Long Beach, N.Y./Holy Trinity) had two, including an unassisted tally at the 9:33 mark of the fourth quarter. Candon also added an assist.
Stevenson, who ranks sixth in the nation in face-off win percentage, won 12-of-18 on the night, including all three in the fourth quarter to maintain possession and limit Widener's ability to mount a comeback. The Mustangs outshot the Pride 10-5 in the quarter while holding an 8-2 margin in ground balls.
Stevenson led 4-1 after one and 7-3 following a goal by sophomore Michael Crowe (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) with 4:49 left in the second quarter. Crowe and junior Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) each finished with a goal and an assist.
Casey led Widener (9-5, 5-2 MAC) with four goals while Robert Clemens had two assists. Mac Nestler, who is ranked second in the NCAA in goals against average and third in saves percentage, totaled 12 saves.
Stevenson wraps up the regular season next Saturday, April 27 when it hosts a Commonwealth Conference contest versus Lycoming at Mustang Stadium on Senior Day beginning at 7:00 p.m.