Mustangs Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals With 17-13 Win Over Shoremen
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson men's lacrosse trio of senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) and sophomores Billy Burgoyne (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) and Mark Pannenton (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) combined for 12 goals as the No. 4 Mustangs rallied to beat No. 11 Washington (Md.) in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship Saturday at Mustang Stadium, 17-13.
Stevenson (19-2), who tied a school record for wins in a season, scored eight of the game's final 10 goals, including the last five. The Mustangs also won 19 games in 2010, finishing the year at 19-2.
Saturday marked Stevenson's ninth consecutive win at Mustang Stadium where the team is 13-1 this season and 26-2 since it became the Mustangs' home in 2012.
Rossi, Burgoyne and Pannenton combined to score five of Stevenson's six fourth-quarter goals as it ourscored the Shoremen, 6-1. Pannenton totaled three goals and one assist in the quarter, assisting on Rossi's game-winning goal at 5:42.
Pannenton finished with six points on four goals and two assists while Burgoyne netted five tallies to tie his career-high set in 17-6 win over Albright on April 13 when he also had a career-high six points.
The Mustangs never led in the game, trailing by as many as three at 4-1 and 7-4, until back-to-back tallies by Pannenton and Rossi gave them their first advantage at 14-13 with 5:42 remaining.
Rossi's third goal of the game at 5:42 stood as the game-winner because Stevenson dominated the time of possession over the final five-and-a-half minutes as junior Brent Hiken (Pikesville, Md./Pikesville) won the game's final four face-offs which led to three additional goals over the last 5:02.
Hiken, who entered the game ranked third in Division III in faceoff percentage at 72.8, won 15-of-24 for the game, including 5-of-8 in the fourth quarter.
Freshman Dimitri Pecunes (Lutherville, Md./Calvert Hall) was also big in the fourth quarter, totaling six of his 10 saves to improve his record to 15-1 as a starter.
Saturday's game, which featured 30 goals and 26 penalties for a total of 20:30, was the first meeting between the two teams since 2006. With the win, the Mustangs evened the series at 5-5.
J.D. Campbell led the Shoremen (13-5) with three goals while Bennett Cord finished with three assists. Ted DiSalvo totaled 14 saves.
Stevenson will host a rematch with No. 13 Lynchburg on Wednesday, May 15 at Mustang Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Mustangs defeated the Hornets at home in overtime earlier this season, 12-11 on March 30.