Mustangs Win Commonwealth Conference Championship, Curro MVP

Mustangs Win Commonwealth Conference Championship, Curro MVP

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's lacrosse junior and 2013 Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) scored his only goal of the game with just nine seconds remaining to carry the top-seeded and 4th-ranked Mustangs to the Commonwealth Conference championship, 9-8 over defendig champion Widener Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.

The win marks the second conference championship for Stevenson (17-2) since 2010 when it won the Capital Athletic Conference title with a 10-6 victory over Salisbury.

For his efforts Saturday and in two conference tournament games, sophomore Connor Curro (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's) was named Most Valuable Player.

Neither team led by more than two goals the entire game which featured six ties and three lead changes. The two teams also combined for 89 shots and 23 penalties for a total of 22:30 and a game misconduct.

With the score tied at 5-5, Widener (11-6) took its first lead on a goal by Johnny Casey with 7:44 remaining in the fourth quarter before senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) and sophomore Pat Candon (Long Beach, N.Y./Holy Trinity) scored back-to-back just 42 seconds apart to put the Mustangs back in front 7-6 with 5:40 to play.

Each team would exchange goals over the next five-plus minutes before the Pride's Tim Taylor scored with 53 seconds left to tie the game at 8-8.

After saves by both goalies, Widener looked to clear for an attempt at a game-winning goal with 19 seconds remaining, but Stevenson sophomore Callum Robinson (Perth, Australia/Sacred Heart) forced Charlie Bytheway into a turnover and grabbed the ensuing ground ball. Senior Peter Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford) then found Dashiell for his third game-winning goal of the season.

Senior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) finished with three goals while Rossi totaled two. Green also added five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Human Services) and freshman Brent Hiken (Pikesville, Md./Pikesville) each won 8-of-10 face-offs and had six ground balls.

As a team, Stevenson won 16-of-20 face-offs with three of the Pride's four wins coming on face-off violations by the Mustangs.

Josh Fox totaled three goals and two assists for Widener while Taylor also scored three times. Mac Nestler made a career-high 22 saves, including 12 in the first half.

The selection show for the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship will be Sunday at 10:00 p.m., live on With the win tonight, the Mustangs have assured themselves of their fifth-straight NCAA tournament appearance where they have made three national semifinal appearances.