No. 2 Mustangs Rally Past Widener in Commonwealth First-Place Battle

No. 2 Mustangs Rally Past Widener in Commonwealth First-Place Battle

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Back-to-back goals by junior Colin Dabney in the last 2:36 highlighted the Stevenson men's lacrosse team's 5-1 run as the No. 2 Mustangs rallied from a two-goal deficit over the final 19 minutes en route to a 9-7 victory over Widener Wednesday night at Mustang Stadium.

With the win, Stevenson (13-1, 6-0 MAC) moved into sole possession of first place in the Commonwealth Conference while extending its record to 14-0 in two seasons since joining the league.

The Mustangs led 3-1 after the first quarter following sophomore Callum Robinson's first goal of the season before the Pride scored the only two goals of the second quarter, both by Nick Striebich, to tie the game at 3-3 at the half.

Robinson is the 29th different player to score a goal for Stevenson this season.

Widener (7-5, 5-1 MAC) took its first lead of the game at 4-3 with 9:23 left in the third quarter when Kyle Blakemore scored off an assist from Tim Taylor who accounted for all four of the Pride's goals with a goal and three assists.

Sophomore Stephen Banick answered just 20 seconds later to tie the game at 4-4, snapping a streak of 22:12 for Stevenson without a goal.

Each team then exchanged two goals apiece before Tyler Schulte put Widener in front for the third time, 7-6 with 11:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. Senior Chris Dashiell found the back of the net for the fifth consecutive game just 29 seconds later before Dabney scored the game-winner with 2:36 left off an assist from senior Glen Tompkins.

Stevenson outshot the Pride 55-28 and won 16-of-19 face-offs, but could not pull away due in large part to 23 turnovers and the play of Widener's Mac Nestler who finished with 19 saves.

Banick and Dabney each totaled two goals and one assist while Tompkins also had three points with three assists. Senior Brent Hiken won 16-of-18 face-offs and had nine ground balls while senior Kyle Holechek had five caused turnovers and seven ground balls.

Taylor finished with a goal and three assists while Striebich and Marc La Vine each scored twice.

Stevenson hosts rival and No. 3-ranked Salisbury on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The Mustangs won both meetings a year ago and are 6-7 against the Sea Gulls in 13 meetings since 2009.